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What will Phil Build on Berm Creek? | Trail Boss for a Day

What will Phil Build on Berm Creek? | Trail Boss for a Day


It’s been almost a month since Kevin and
I dug these rollers into Berm Creek. We were in a race against time to build and
ride something before it rained, and we lost that race thanks to me. In the past, all my one-day builds have been
made from dimensional lumber, which doesn’t need to be packed down, or left to harden. Simple carpentry is predictable. But dirt sculpting is an art I have yet to
master, and these rollers are still here to remind me of my shortcomings. But today, that’s gonna change. I’m giving Phil temporary trail boss status
here at Berm Creek. Whatever he says, goes. Phil’s plan is to move the first roller
up to provide a little more setup time after the berm, and increase its size for more boost. The second one needs to be wider and longer
so it works better as a landing. We also decided to improve the approach on
the sicknic table, which has been a long time coming. This will require a slight reroute on Goodman
ledge. The days are short here in December, and we
only have two and a half people. It’s anyone’s guess how much we can get
done in one day. First thing’s first, fix the rollers. I know I keep calling them “rollers” but
these humps are actually intended to work together as a double. That means the first one is designed as a
launch, or lip, and the second as a landing. With enough speed one can clear the space
between them without touching the ground, or opt to simply roll over both of them. Based on the tire marks from his original
test run, Phil knows how tall, wide, and steep the lip needs to be for a smooth transition. Once he gets the shape right, the dirt is
packed down and then shaped further. Using the back side of a flat shovel, it’s
then packed thoroughly and left to harden. From there, micro adjustments can be made
by shaving away dirt where needed. As for the landing, it should always be significantly
larger than the lip to give the rider some breathing room when coming in for a landing. How steep the landing is will almost always
be based on the intended trajectory of the jump. The steeper the lip, the steeper the landing. As you can see, both of these are pretty mellow. The landing then gets packed down and fine
tuned just like it’s smaller sibling. While Phil and Kevin finish up the Trouble
Double, I can get started on re-routing the approach to the sicknic table. This 90 degree turn off Goodman Ledge has
resulted in more crashes than anything else on Berm Creek. So I’m adding a little bow in the trail
to make for a wider approach. It’s a tight squeeze with the deck supports
off to the right, but it’ll have to do. I must admit it’s pretty painful doing yard
work in my condition, but I take no joy in watching my friends do all the digging. I’m glad they saved some for me. The original trail will become a slope again,
which I’ll seed with clover to hold the soil together. It should sprout this March and look like
a slope again. With three people working on Berm Creek, there
aren’t enough rakes and shovels to go around. During future group dig days these extra tools
will come in handy. They certainly did today. By midday, the double was finished, and it
looked good. Phil and Kevin even beefed up the berm since
we’d be coming in really fast off the landing. I had also finished the Goodman reroute just
in time for lunch. But we weren’t quite finished yet. Phil’s idea was to cut into the hill after
the sicknic table, and build an actual landing for it. In the past, most people would just go straight
off the sicknic table and kind of turn at the last second. This new landing would be a bit more intuitive,
with an actual turn back into the trail. We cut into the turf, pulled dirt up the hill
for the landing, and banked everything in the direction of the trail. We raked the rocks and debris out, raked it
into its final shape, and did our best to pack it all down. The end of the landing stops abruptly with
a very mellow lip. From there, you can gap, or transfer to the
landing of the double. This was shaping up to be a really cool addition
and a nice way to session the bottom half of the trail. The clay on Berm Creek packs down really well,
but it does need to harden for a few days to avoid being damaged by our tires. In the end we decided to ride it now and repair
it later—for testing purposes. The Trouble Double ended up being perfect—just
how it should have been in the first place. And it’s a good thing we beefed up that
berm too. You carry so much speed on that landing now
that we could practically build a wall ride behind that berm. Hold that though for a few months. As for the Goodman reroute and Sicknic landing? Not bad, although we may need to make some
adjustments push the landing out further away. Berm Creek is in the best shape it’s ever
been in, thanks entirely to my friends. If it weren’t for Kevin and Phil I wouldn’t
have been able to do more than drag a rake around the yard. Although I’m still a couple months away
from riding my bike again, these new features are something to look forward to. Hopefully I’ll be making adjustments and
additions even sooner. If you want to see more on this project, subscribe
to Skills with Phil to see his version of the events with totally different footage. If you’re new to my channel, you can see
a bit of our history together by clicking the playlist at the end. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

100 comments on “What will Phil Build on Berm Creek? | Trail Boss for a Day

  1. Why don't you put some plywood on top of your rollers? It will certainly add style points and look more professional.

  2. I’m thinking of building a trail in my back garden forest but it’s really really overgrown what do I do?

  3. Lol love the names sick nick table trouble doubles ect I love the creativity plus I'm sure u will had fun on it in those few months u had to wait this is why we sub for the great content

  4. Should watch a YouTube Greg barling. He puts a concrete powder on the dirt jumps to strengthen it, they are smooth and look perfect. check him out to upgrade your jumps.

  5. Seth you an amazing rider id love to learn to ride like you and love to ride with you come to the Niagara region

  6. It’s so good to build jumps when u have nice soft dirt and it’s not hard like s rock or really dry the soft the nice with moisture soil works the best for jumps 👌🏻

  7. We have done that using a smaller ramp then land and made of wood with a bigger gap and going slower than you and made it with only 1 crash out of 10

  8. I have 13 acres to work with, except a small corner which will have our house soon. Totally raw sage brush. All with a down hill slope. Help me lay out my own Berm Creek.

  9. Does anybody else think it is weird that he said “ we only have 2 and a half people” ( at 1:43 )???

  10. SETHHHHHHHHH!!!! Dude you should build the most janky wall ride, it would be sick!!!!!

  11. After a long "Wellnes-Weekend" his wife come home again and ask him with tears in the eye´s- why are you doing this with our backyard… 🙂

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