Mara Mtn Ride and Lookout Check

UPDATE September 15 – The ride is on. You voted in favour of braving the conditions to attempt to reach the lookout so get your woolies on because we’re going.

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UPDATE September 13 – You need to vote if you want to go to the lookout this weekend as there is a very high chance there will be snow, possibly enough that we can’t make the lookout.

Vote in the poll or send a message Facebook or email [email protected] if you still want to go.

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Ride: 10:00am Sunday, September 16, 2018
We’d better head to Mara Mtn before the snow. Last year we tried in mid October and were snowed out before the peak so trying in September.
 
The purpose of this ride is to check out the forestry lookout and ensure it’s ready to go into the winter. We check for shutters on the windows, damage to the structure, etc that we can fix so snow isn’t getting in the building or causing further damage.
 
The ride is a bit rough in spots but the view is well worth it, if you haven’t been to Mara Mtn before it’s almost bucketlist worthy.
 
Contact us through Facebook or by email ([email protected]) if you are coming and have hand tools you can bring like battery powered saw, drill, screwdriver, etc or a small generator and corded tools. We’ll bring some building materials to patch holes, cut new shutters if needed.
 
For anyone driving from Vernon we’ll be leaving the Tim Horton’s by Walmart at 8:30am Sunday, September 16, briefly stopping east of the bridge on Cliff Avenue in Enderby to gather up locals at 9:00am then ready to ride on 3 Valley Mabel FSR at 10:00am. Click here for map and directions.
 
This ride reaches up to 7,400 ft elevation so bring enough clothes for a surprise snow storm and brisk winds.
 
Message on Facebook or email if you’d like to carpool.

250km Marathon Ride

Ride: 8:00am Sunday, September 30, 2018
Hold up – this ride is not for everyone! Read the rules of the ride to see if you should attend. 
 
RULES OF THE RIDE:
  • You must be able to ride 65kmh minimum on FSR stretches
  • Your machine has to be in good mechanical order
  • You must bring enough fuel to go 250kms
  • There will be fewer/shorter breaks than normal club rides

Ok, so you’re up for the ride? Read on then!

Starting at 8:00am Sunday, September 30 from the bottom of King Eddy FSR in Coldstream. It’s a long ride so we need to start early, keep up a good pace and we’ll still be late in the afternoon getting back.

Ride difficulty is upper intermediate due to the speed we’ll be riding. Nothing greater than intermediate level difficulty obstacles along the route.

There will be a mix of trail and FSR with extended sections of FSR which is unavoidable on a ride this length. Consider bringing ear plugs because there is one section of 30+ minutes of FSR done at cruising speed (65kmh minimum) so the drone of the engine gets tiring.

Bring food and drink for a full day on the trails. Breaks will be short and they won’t happen very often so bring something you can poke down quickly, we’ll try to stop and smell the flowers as much as possible but need to keep a brisk pace.

We reach 6,000ft elevation along the route so bring cold/wet weather riding gear.

Bolean Lake Camping & Rides

Vernon ATV Club members enjoyed a relaxing weekend at Bolean Lake Lodge enjoying the tranquil lakeside accommodations and exploring the countless miles of trails. Lots of smiles and stories shared over the weekend, we look forward to going back again sometime.

Thursday September, 6 through Sunday, September 9

Come for the weekend or come for the day, the club will be camped out at Bolean Lake Lodge from Thursday, September 6 though Sunday September 9.

Lots of people have signed up for camping and riding at Bolean Lake. Some folks are heading out Thursday, others just coming out for rides over the weekend, it’s up to you.

If you’re thinking of riding for the day we recommend you let us know you’re coming and show up by 10:00am so you can join in on the rides. Maybe you’re up for fishing or just telling stories, we look forward to seeing you!

If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation or are an individual looking to share lodging get in touch by email and we’ll see if there are any open spaces or opportunities to fit you in a cabin or tent. Accommodation options include cabins and campsites, there is fishing and access to ATV trails right from the campsite.

Check out your lodging options on the Bolean Lake website

To make your own lodging booking call or text Bolean Lake Lodge at 604-614-6121.

Irish Creek Ride – Bison Ten Yell Day?

Ride Recap: it’s like we all missed riding this summer. 18 machines and 22 people were out for the ride to break the Irish Creek curse (meaning we made it through to Pinaus Lake!).

A bit of excitement getting past one of the washout spots on the trail but all made it through safely thanks to quick action and nifty winching.

Oh boy are there some strange day names out there!

Meet at Irish Creek Road off Hwy 97 (here’s a map and directions) at 10:00am on Sunday, September 2.

Should be great conditions with the recent rains and cooler temperatures, a perfect segway from hot and smoky to primetime ATV season.

Everyone is welcome on club rides, even if you’re not a member come out to meet new people and find some trails to see if you want to join the club. Rides typically last until mid-afternoon (3 or 4pm) so bring a lunch, riding gear for a range of conditions and safety clothing.

ATV Club Celebrates Canada Day

The Vernon ATV Club’s third year participating in Canada Day in Polson Park was our most successful yet. In our second year offering rides on the kiddie train approximately 1,000 people of all ages took rides along a longer course than last year’s train ride.

Banner Recreation and Vernon Motorsports provided the tow vehicles this year for the twelve colourful carts. Despite gusty winds and a short spurt of rain families lined up for rides all day and the train continued to run long after all other Canada Day vendors and displays packed up.

The day went without a hitch and we couldn’t have done it without the help of:

  • Brodie
  • Christian
  • Daniel
  • Denis
  • Gerry
  • Grahame
  • Jason G
  • Jason K
  • Judy
  • Kent
  • Michael
  • Miranda
  • Monique
  • Otto
  • Randy

Longest Day of the Year Ride 2018

An annual tradition, we head out for an evening ride to soak up all the evening rays we can. We’ll be leaving the bottom of King Eddy Rd at 6:00pm Thursday, June 21 for a tour of the Aberdeen Plateau.

The ride will suitable for beginner/intermediate level experience with speeds up to 50kmh on the main roads, slower on trails. We’ll be back down by 9:30-10:00pm, just before it gets dark enough to really need headlights.

Bugs are out so bring bug spray, a snack and a drink for one or more stops along the way.

Canada Day 2018 Help Needed

The ATV Club is part of Canada Day festivities in Polson Park for the third year. Last year was our fist year with the kiddie train and it was a hit with over 1,000 going for a ride.

Rides start at 10:00am and go to 4:00pm, we arrive at 8:00am to set up and are usually done and ready to leave by 5:00pm.

To make this year another success we need people to help with:

  • Morning set up of tents, tables, carts
  • Organizing riders into the carts
  • Driving the vehicles pulling the kiddie carts
  • Providing info to people visiting the club display
  • Take down and load out at the end of the day

Use the form below to let us know how you can help make 2018 a success.

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Kiddie Cart Work Party

The kiddie train was a hit last year at the Canada Day festivities but we have a few more carts to finish and all need a coat of paint.

Venture up Silver Star Road to 8439 Ladner Road on Saturday, June 16 between 10:00am and 2:00pm where all the kiddie carts will be awaiting your creative ideas.

We’ll have the BBQ going to reward volunteers but the ride after the BBQ has been cancelled.

Let us know if you’re coming by 5:00pm Friday, June 15 so we can have food for everyone.