Thad Quinn stylin' on one of the many manmade
stunts on Chutes & Ladders, circa 2000.
IS THIS scene at left a thing of the past on Galbraith Mt.?
According to Trillium Corp., which owns most of Galbraith, the
answer is yes.
But wait, before you start grumbling about the big
corporations and all that, take a look at the full
statement by Trillium below.
When you look at the entire statement, I personally believe you
have to call it very fair, and maybe even a big step forward for
the sport on Galbraith.
First of all, let's be frank. All Galbraith riders absolutely
MUST assume liability for what happens to them on the
Secondly, not all manmade stunts are
going to be removed. They will be evaluated on a case by case
basis by Trillium and the WHIMPs. There are still going to be
manmade stunts on Galbraith.
Thirdly, you think you need 2x4s to build a scary, technically
demanding trail? I don't think so. Look at all the natural
challenges on Galbraith -- the Big
Drop on Upper Bob's, the Big Rock and Little
Rock on Cedar Dust, the Heinous
Fall Away on the Chicken, the Bad
Boy on Dan's, and of course the Sandy Stone on Wonderland.
Lastly, the thing that sets Galbraith apart, the thing that
gives it its special flavor and personality, isn't its North
Shore-style stunts. I mean, if that's what you want you can get it
on the Shore, and be there in an hour if the border crossing isn't
The thing that sets Galbraith apart is the extreme natural technicality of its trails -- its roots, log punch ups and roll-overs, and old growth trees crossing ravines, like you see on Upper and Lower Bob's, Purple Heart, Kung Fu Theater, and 911, along with an occasional insane rocky face, like the end of Devilcross.
This natural quality of the Galbraith challenge is also what is
most promotable, and most likely to make Galbraith a destination
mountain biking Mecca.
The Trillium statement accepts the natural challenges of the
terrain on Galbraith, and only asks for reasonable measures on
liability by the mountain biking users. That's why I'm
tremendously encouraged by what I'm hearing.
May 6, 2002
VIA U.S. MAIL
c/o Mark Peterson
Ferndale, WA 98248
Re: Use of Galbraith for Recreational Biking Purposes
Dear Mr. Peterson:
I am writing on behalf of Trillium Corporation ("Trillium") in
response to various inquiries from WHIMPS in regard to Trillium's policy for
Galbraith as a recreational biking area.
Trillium will continue to allow WHIMPS members to use Galbraith for
recreational biking purposes, at their own risk, subject to the following
- No new bike trails of any type shall be constructed on Galbraith
without prior written approval from Trillium. Recreational users of
Galbraith, including WHIMPS, are to limit their activity to the areas
where trails exist.
- No artificial bike ramps or artificial structures of any kind may be
constructed on Galbraith.
- No person may participate in or take any action that causes
unreasonable harm to either themselves of others on Galbraith.
Recreational users of Galbraith assume all liability and responsibility
for their actions on Galbraith and agree to hold Trillium harmless from
any liability or responsibility therefore.
- Any existing artificial bike ramps on Galbraith that were either
constructed by WHIMPS or of which WHIMPS has knowledge need to be removed
immediately. Any use of the existing bike ramp is strictly
- WHIMPS agrees to alert Trillium immediately should it (or any of its
individual members) become aware of any abnormal or dangerous conditions
on Galbraith that could cause harm to any person or thing.
- No open fires or overnight camping is allowed at any time on Galbraith.
Trillium's hope is that the WHIMPS, and the other users of Galbraith,
will act in a reasonable manner in regards to their use of Galbraith. Any
use of Galbraith by WHIMPS will be interpreted as WHIMPS implied
consenting to the conditions stated above. If you would like to discuss
this issue further please feel free to contact me.
1350 Cordata Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98226
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