training & EDUCATion

We have travelled the Province of BC and beyond, delivering trail sustainability workshops since 2011. 

Our LEVEL 1 course delivers an ever improving curriculum that evolves alongside current industry best practices, guidelines and standards. We provide both volunteers and professionals the foundation of skills to assess, improve and build sustainable trails. 

Land Managers, professional build crews and passionate builders will benefit from the skills taught in LEVEL 2: Advanced Design.  With an emphasis on advanced construction techniques, planning and design, you'll become a risk management expert while learning to build world class trails through an adaptable, creative and non-formulated approach. Participants receive a Field Guide with quick reference charts and construction schematics.

courses

LEVEL I: The Foundation
Participants learn current industry standards and guidelines for trail construction and maintenance with an emphasis on long term, resource effective sustainability.  Topics covered include trail assessment, realignment & repair, hazard & structure assessment, identifying current issues and anticipating future impact. Sustainable technique and key management strategies are discussed as participants are introduced to the Sustainability Equation.  An overview of Whistler Trail Standards and IMBA guidelines is provided, learning where gaps exist and applying up to date industry best practices. 
Course includes half day theory and half day field session to assess trails and prescribe solutions with the option to include an extra day in the field for practical training to apply skills learned.

Contact us for a detailed curriculum outline.
Applicable to all non motorized trail types including MTB, hiking, interpretive, multi use & equestrian.
Maximum participants: 20

To read more on some of the courses we've delivered, visit our MEDIA page or contact us for a complete course outline.


LEVEL II: Advanced Design & Trail Management
This course builds upon LEVEL I to encourage creativity when planning and designing new trails. In LEVEL II, we share cutting edge industry resources for plotting and terrain assessment.  The course provides an overview of network design principles to create dynamic networks that provide diversity, progression and challenge with an emphasis on sound Risk Management strategies. Participants learn technical skills for soil and slope analysis as part of the planning process and are provided with a Field Guide which includes quick reference tables that summarize current regulations, requirements, guidelines and standards. 

In Day 2, the veil is lifted to teach long-coveted advanced wood construction techniques.  Participants are provided with hard copy illustrations for advanced joinery, wood retainers and bridges. Also included in the Field Guide are a series of construction schematics for a number of TTF models and advanced features. Comprehensive TTF guidelines and professional standards are also included in quick reference tables. Government regulations and legalities are discussed including professional management strategies to mitigate liability exposure and to effectively manage risk through signage, design and regulatory requirement. Group management, safety briefing and Duty of Care completes the curriculum. 
Course includes 2 half day theory sessions and 2 half day field sessions with the option to include an extra day of advanced field work.
Applicable to: MTB Advanced Design & Construction.
Maximum participants: 8
Please contact us to receive a comprehensive course outline.

 

field training

Field sessions provide invaluable hands-on learning opportunities for participants to become familiar with current professional building standards, management strategies and crucial safety protocols. Choose from any of the modules below or we can work with you to customize a session that includes a combination of skills.  
Maximum participants: 6

Structure Construction
Trail Alignment & Construction
Trail & Structure Assessment
Trail Restoration, Realignment & Site Restoration
Hazard Identification & Risk Mitigation


MARK WOOD - INSTRUCTOR

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A seasoned professional in trail planning, design & building, Mark has worked with all level of professionals throughout the province of British Columbia and beyond, including governing Land Managers, seasonal work crews, bike park construction teams, Universities, First Nations groups and many diverse stewardship groups including preservation societies, hiking & biking groups. Mark conceived and co-authored "A Community Driven Model for Sustainability" creating long term solutions based upon the Social, Economic and Environmental needs of communities, leading to creative strategies that are cost effective, minimize maintenance & impact while mitigating risk and building healthy communities.  

A guest lecturer, instructor and advocate, Mark has led efforts on Vancouver's North Shore since 2009 to restore over 70kms of severely degraded trail through his creation of the highly successful Trail Adoption Plan (TAP) and the original North Shore Trail Builder Academy. He has managed, trained and led a team of professional builders on a number of critical trail rehabilitation projects and new trail planning projects. From planning commercial bike parks to assessing aged trail networks, his approach is always innovative. Mark is a certified professional in Danger Tree Assessment and Chainsaw Safety including employee and volunteer safety management.

He has created a systematic approach to assess structure including effective replacement strategy and a summarized series of guidelines and standards. In 2015 Mark worked with Forest Management students at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)  to develop best practices for site restoration and ecological revitalization. He continues to work with BCIT students to create effective resource management strategies including evolving assessment protocols. Most recently, Mark worked extensively with Tara Llanes Industries to develop Adaptable Trail Design Guidelines and is on the cusp of releasing construction schematics for advanced TTFs and Advanced Design principles.

Continually refining the principles of the Trail Triage system, his work continues to advance management strategies in the outdoor resource sector. Creator of the Sustainability Equation concept, his work ensures a comprehensive and relevant perspective to create long term strategies that seek balance, as evidenced in his body of work.

"Creativity is a bottomless well"