Building & Riding Berm Peak’s Newest Trail – Rhodorooter!

It’s Autumn on Berm Peak, and that means pretty colors, cooler weather, and better visibility through the woods. For the.

It’s Autumn on Berm Peak, and that means
pretty colors, cooler weather, and better visibility through the woods. For the first time, we’re able to see large
portions of this property where there are normally leaves blocking the view. Now if you haven’t been following this build
since the beginning, I suggest you watch the Berm Peak playlist below because there are
a lot of names and zones you’ll need to remember for any of this to make sense. Up until now, all of our work has taken place
at the top of the yard in Stumpthorne. This is where we built the flight deck, Woodpecker
trail, the infamous maim frame, and airbag trail which is just way too much fun. But this week, for the first time, we’ll
venture further down the slope and break through the outer reaches of Moonshangle Thickets. Moonshangle features some of the most interesting
terrain on the property. It’s steep, it actually contains rocks,
and is covered in thick shrubs called rhododenron. This kind of Rhododendron stays green and
full year round, flowering in the Spring. Any clearing we make through the rhododendron
will quickly grow into a new canopy, which will someday bloom into a solid tunnel of
flowers. It could be a few years before our Rhodotunnels
mature, so better to lay the groundwork as soon as possible. The new trail will be named Rhodorooter, and
will start at the pucker plank on the flight deck. It will then follow Berm Peak Express briefly,
before winding its way down the ridge into Moonshangle. If we can make it a little ways across the
top of moonshangle this week, we’ll already have the longest, fastest downhill run on
Berm Peak. It’s going to take a lot of work and a lot
of videos to make it to the bottom of moonshangle, but here to help with that initiative is a
new addition to the Berm Peak Ranger District. This is the Gator, or as we call it, the Git’r. The Git’r is for gittin’ stuff, like packages
when trucks can’t make it up the driveway. In the yard, we use it for hauling brush,
logs, dirt, lumber, or any number of things that would eventually destroy my back. Now the gator is much too wide to fit through
any of the downhill trails, nor would I want it to tear up the tread. But it can squeeze through our service roads,
like Berm Peak express, which will get us close enough to the trails to haul supplies. And as we work our way down the slope, we
can drive the gator along the newly operational Berm Peak Forest road. Many trail systems have forest roads, or fire
roads to get vehicles through for supplies and rescue. The Berm Peak forest road makes use of an
area that was already mostly cleared. Since it runs along the boundary of the property,
you’ll even find old fence posts complete with barbed wire, some of which is running
directly through trees. This gives us some indication of how long
these posts have been here. Between the Gator, the new forest road, and
the seasonal visibility, we should be able to cut our way to the bottom of the Moonshangle
before Spring. But we’ll be doing it in steps. On each section of trail, we’ll plant a
flag line, and adjust it until we’re happy with the route. I always try to avoid live trees, and make
use of the topography for maximum fun. Once we establish our flag line, we’ll clear
the brush along its path, saw dead trees out of the way, and then at a later date, work
the dirt for erosion control and ride-ability. Needless to say, we’ll also be building
features. Kevin wants to use the natural slopes created
by these two stumps to build a small double, so I’m going to give him the keys to this
project and let him have at it. Sean and I are helping him transport some
dirt to build the lip and landing. Now that kevin has his dirt, Sean and I can
focus on clearing corridor. We’ll check on the Kevin Jump later. I’m glad to have some friends helping me
this week because I’m only working at 60%. I got a whole bunch of little punctures in
my thumb last week from a handheld tree saw, which has caused my thumb to swell up like
a sausage. But my infected thumb wasn’t the only casualty
last week, we also lost a reciprocating saw. I know what you’re thinking. Seth! You’ve been using that saw in the dirt and
that’s why you smoked it. But I actually took it apart to see if that
was the case, and it appears, the motor simply burned out from heavy use. I never really gave this thing a chance to
cool, and continuing to run it on low battery probably kept the motor from cooling properly
as well. But that’s neither here nor there. I replaced this saw—with the same one, but
I’m gonna be careful this time. I already installed a 12 inch bone crusher
on it to keep it out of the ground, and you just watch. This time will be different. Over the course of a few days, we made our
way through the outer reaches of stumpthorne, across the berm peak forest road, and down
the ridge into moonshangle. I even cut a little bench around an off camber
turn to keep all the dirt from eroding down the hillside. We’ll need to do a lot more of that in certain
places. I also helped Kevin a bit with his jump, but
I was a little skeptical if it would ride like he had hoped. It looked really sketchy, even by my standards. But, this jump is Kevin’s vision and I told
him he could build whatever he wanted here so long as he rode into the trail the proper
way—on the pucker plank. Back when Phil came here to build the maim
frame, Kevin went up to attempt this roll in, and wouldn’t do it. Kevin is known to send just about any feature
with total reckless abandon, but to him this pucker plank is a different kind of scary. Different riders have different specialties,
and steep planks that fire you directly into the ground just aren’t up Kevin’s alley. But today, he needs to face his fears. After finally getting Kevin down the pucker
plank, we made our way through the trail to see if his jump would work. After a few attempts, my suspicions were confirmed. We worked on it for about an hour to try and
make things work, but everyone kept completely missing the landing. And so we decided to leave the Kevin Jump
project for another day. It was time to shred Rhodorooter from top
to bottom. Rhodorooter is far from finished. But even in its unfinished state, Rhodorooter
is really fun, and it’ll eventually be a minute plus downhill run complete with jumps
and rhodotunnels. So buckle up, this Winter just got a lot more
fun. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Building & Riding Berm Peak’s Newest Trail – Rhodorooter!”

  1. The real milwakee sawzalls make a night and day difference. I'm betting you're gonna go through a few ryobis. Tools are a tax right off for a business like yours 😉

  2. Just rename the Pucker Plank, “Broken Clavicle Drop-in”, or maybe “Collapsed Lung Lunge”. Snapped collarbones are going to be plentiful. Hurts just thinking about it.

  3. I love the content and you have inspired me to make plans for building a tiny trail with a jump and a drop if I move into my grandad's old house. Keep it up!

    Also, what is the music you use, it is really good and sets the mood.

  4. For your little saw that broke you should put in a brushless motor instead-of the one that was in it befor. They are really good. I did it in mine and it was 100% better.

  5. U should make a quick line off one of the turns on a dh trail that gaps 12ft and over dh trail back into dh trail

  6. Seth, My mountain bike got stolen today when I was at school. I came home and watched your video and it cheered me up thanks.

  7. So kickass- I always wanted my own land where I could build a MTB park- sir you are doing it well so I can live vicariously through you

  8. How many people get to have there play ground in there back yard? Also get to have the guys over for MTB and taco and beers. Leave it up to Seth.??✌


    Since you’re pretty well with bikes I was wondering if you could help me.

    I’m 6’7 and a decent size guy. As a kid I loved biking but as I got older the bikes from Walmart just weren’t for me. I’ve been saving up and I’d like your opinion on what bike to get! I looked at Dicks Sporting and found a bike which is a GT men’s Aggressor Pro Mountain Bike. I was wondering if that’s be a good bike or if you have any ideas on what bike that could be good for me.

  10. I think I am the o my one that hates doing jumps but I love watching them o think it’s just because I am terrible at everything

  11. I wish there were more videos. Your videos are amazing I love them, I’ve been checking everyday to see if you have posted. Keep up the good work

  12. i cut myself building trail feature with that exact same saw, blood everywhere- i know how bad that particular one is.

  13. First of all, using a machete case as a flag holder is 100% a good hack. Second, even though I have a lot of respect for Seth's privacy id still kill to ride here. It just looks like such a fun and chill place to ride and meet cool people. Very cool trails Seth, keep it coming.

  14. Man, every Friday afternoon me and my mates go riding after school for three hours, and after we just can't wait to get a video by Seth!

  15. Hey Seth i know youre probably not reading this but im a big fan of yours and i watch every single video which means that the music gets quite annoying because im hearing it for like the 50th time lol, if you could do something about this that would be great!

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