FINE! I’ll build a wall ride | Berm Creek’s Final Feature

Two years ago I began cutting mountain bike trails in my backyard. These very first clips chronicle the genesis of.


Two years ago I began cutting mountain bike
trails in my backyard. These very first clips chronicle the genesis
of Berm Creek, which amounted to little more than a featureless trail. The actual area of Berm Creek is less than
a quarter acre, which is more land than I ever thought I’d own in my lifetime. And that’s what made this tiny trail system
inspiring to so many—it was an attainable goal. Not only did I build this first iteration
with nothing but a flat shovel, but I also added signage and a map at the trailhead. It was the perfect mix of fun and absurdity. And so, I started building features on Berm
Creek, starting with a North Shore drop at the very start of the trail. The natural slope made a real landing unnecessary,
and so the Drama Drop was born. It was narrow, difficult to approach, and
sketchy to say the least. But Berm Creek had a feature, and a significant
one at that. Fast forward to the Spring, and we got to
work again with the biggest changes yet to Berm Creek. This time we focused on cutting in a more
functional trail with wider turns and berms. I also added an area for spectators. With a slope to deal with, I knew the only
solution would be custom built seating, and so the Sicknic Table was born. With one end level with the ground it was,
possible to use for other things, and the short run up made it by far the sketchiest
feature responsible for the most crashes. Later that summer the work continued with
a revamp of the Drama Drop. I made it a little narrower for fun, fixed
the approach, and added a rolling option for those who wanted to keep their tires on the
ground. My friend Bobo never wanted anything to do
with the drop, but when presented with this B option, he was interested in giving it a
try. Who could forget that? Berm Creek seemed to be getting better and
better until that fall, when I decided we needed a jump at the bottom. In hindsight this was a very good idea, but
it was rushed and poorly executed. With torrential rain only hours away, we didn’t
have time to adjust what we built or let the dirt harden. And so I proceeded to have my worst crash
to date on an 8” roller double. My collar bone was broken with no huge gap
or backflip to show for it. But a month later, Phil came to town. With my clavicle still on the mend, he and
Kevin rebuilt the jump the right way, and even built another line off the sicknic table. Berm Creek had been reinvigorated, now with
3 features. This was the version of Berm Creek featured
on my limited edition teeshirt, with all the trail names and features in the backdrop. It was probably one of the most iconic backyard
trails in the world. And then I dropped the bad news. I would be selling my house sometime in the
next year and would need this growing season to turn Berm Creek back into a normal yard. You see home buyers don’t always like customizations,
and Berm Creek would probably fall into that category. But before I begin the sad and painful process
of dismantling the drop and leveling the trail, we need to have a full on, grand finale. We need to hold a proper Berm Creek jam. I must admit that I won’t miss the process
of cutting the grass on Berm Creek. I’ve attempted to find landscapers willing
to mow this yard for me, and some quoted me as high as $250 per week. This might seem unbelievable until you try
to get a mower back here, let alone out of here. One guy did the whole yard with a weedeater
and told me he would not be returning. So, when I’m not here to mow Berm Creek
it becomes a meadow. And if it weren’t for ticks I’d leave
it that way. With Berm Creek trimmed and groomed, we had
just an hour before the big jam. That’s when I had an idea. See usually I try to build features that look
good and hold up for at least a few years. But ain’t nobody got time for that. If we were going to slap something together
in under an hour, I’d need to channel the ingenuity 12 year old Seth. With no tape measures, no concrete, and no
plan for how we were gonna finish this thing, Kevin and I embarked on a construction project
that would break every building code ever conceived—making it actually, pretty consistent
with the rest of Berm Creek. But it’s structures like these that make
you remember what it’s like to be a kid. And as an adult, I still find it just as fun. To call it a wall ride would be—a disservice
to wall rides. So let’s call it what it is, a liability. We used two trees, some ratchet straps, car
floor mats, and scrap lumber, to build the Jank wall. One hour wasn’t enough time to make something
curved, and to make it slanted would have been, probably not a bad idea. But one thing was for certain: Anyone looking
to get their tires on this thing would need to be 100% committed. Kevin, Nate, and Felipe all did the drama
drop for the first and last time ever. Today was their last chance, and pressure
leads to risk taking. A By 6:00 it was a miracle that nobody had yet
been helevac’d. But the night was still young, and Bobo decided
to finally face his demons. Despite having ridden this very sketchy roller,
Bobo had never actually done the Drama Drop, and I can’t blame him. Kevin said it best when he remarked that “the
drop isn’t all that big, but I still breathe a sigh of relief when my tires touch the ground”. Indeed Bobo’s tires touched the ground,
but he wasn’t breathing a sigh of relief. Even though Bobo got completely wrecked that
day, it would have haunted him forever had he never tried that drop. Now, he has the scars to haunt him forever. The jam continued into the night and it really
started to hit home that this place is really mine, and I have to give it up. I try not to think of all the things we could
have built here, and all the jams we could have had. I try to focus on the future. Once I sort out this house and sell it I’ll
be moving somewhere else in the Berm Creek ranger district with hopefully, more land. I’ll also be working on a public bike park
project with my Patrons which will be documented on this channel. The future is bright, and in terms of trail
building we have only just begun. But this little 5 second track in my backyard
is where I caught the trail building bug. And with the series of videos I made chronicling
the story of my backyard trail, you can rest assured that Berm Creek will live on forever. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

26 thoughts on “FINE! I’ll build a wall ride | Berm Creek’s Final Feature”

  1. Just to clear things up: 1) I'd love to sell my house to a mountain biker, but cannot limit my buyers. I worked my whole life for this house. 2) I'm not moving out of Asheville, just into a bigger house somewhere here 3) Move is planned for sometime in late 2019 or early 2020 4) There will be a new Hack Shack and some kind of new backyard riding setup

  2. Hi can you help me make a trail I just got my brothers Mountain bike its Pretty new my brother only has rode it like 5 times in like 3 years

    I really just whant to see if u reply By day actually just get my rose mountain bike in for really really nice and It actually has been Roden 5 times in 3 years

  3. Hey loved your video of your backyard mountain bike trail. I'm currently building my house on the 10 acres I bought out here north of Spokane.if you guys wanted to build more trails make more videos you could have free rein out here lol. I do have some pretty sweet Rock outcroppings.

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