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September 2012

Upcoming Events

Oct. 6   Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Oct. 13  Beartooth Hospital Health Fair
Nov. 3   BRTA’s SKI & GEAR SWAP @ the Civic Center

Take a Kid Mountain Biking!

When: Saturday, October 6, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Rocky Fork Trail (Airport Trail) Red Lodge, MT

Join Pedal Your Bike MT and Beartooth Recreational Trails Association for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Celebration on Oct. 6 hosted by International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).
We will host young riders, ages 4 to 16, for a youth mountain biking event. The ride is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
All riders are welcome (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) and we encourage families to join us! We will provide a scavenger hunt, interpretive stations, bike mechanic check and more with fun prizes throughout the Rocky Fork Trail. Helmets are required!
More national information here:
We welcome all local riders who want to have a fun day on their bikes!
For local information and to register in advance visit:
IMBA’s International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age to the time when he passed away in 2002. Event funding is provided by Jack Doub Memorial Endowment. Additional support comes from Beartooth Recreational Trails Association, Pedal Your Bike MT, CLIF Kids, the National Park Service and Smartwool.
Contact Jennifer at or call 406-860-7327 for more information.

Nordic Center News
Four BRTA Board members recently met with Storey Hart at Aspen Ridge Ranch. Storey and her husband, Andy Hart (no relation to the local Hart family) are the new owners of ARR, and are planning a horse boarding and training operation there. 
BRTA and the Harts are looking forward to another ski season at Red Lodge Nordic Center on the ranch, and everything is a go for business as usual for nordic skiers. Just bring on the snow! We welcome the Harts and look forward to working with them and with Mark Robbins, who is back as ranch manager at ARR.  
We would also like to thank Kathy Loo who, as past owner, helped BRTA and former operators of Red Lodge Nordic Center tremendously in making this community service a reality for more than two decades.

MCC Crews

A Montana Conservation Corps crew is in the Red Lodge area this September working on fencing in the new dog park adjacent to the Airport Trail, and working on the Face Of The Mountain Forest Service trail south of Red Lodge. They will also be planting trees in the downtown Red Lodge area. BRTA is paying over $4,000 for these work days. We feel MCC is a valuable, cost effective way for BRTA to promote trails with your donations (THANKS for donating!)

Grant’s Tip

Good footwear is a must when backpacking. Your feet are taking more weight and stress when you are carrying 30-40 pounds on your back. Although you can wear lightweight shoes or boots for day hiking, more solid, all leather boots with good traction and water proofing are needed for backpacking. And proper fit is most important: a snug fit in the heel pocket and plenty of room in the toe box are necessary. With your foot in the boot, kick your heel down into the back of the boot, then lace up. Keep laces rather loose for uphill hiking but tied snug around the ankles for downhill (to prevent toes from sliding forward and jamming). Experiment with lace tightness for your personal comfort.
When buying new boots, shop for a comfortable fit…everyone’s feet are uniquely shaped. Different brands have different fits. Take your time shopping; try them out. Quiz the sales person relentlessly. And enjoy your hiking trip!