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News

What we've been doing lately.


2010

July

July 5

Pacifica Freeride donated $500 to the Pacifica Fire Department's "Hearts on Fire" event for the purchase an off-road rescue vehicle. Members of PGR presented the check to Bob Trapp, Battalion Chief of the Pacifica Fire Department.

Jean Bartlett, of the Pacifica Tribune, wrote about the event:

A popular destination of mountain bikers, dog walkers, hikers and equestrians who come from all over the Bay Area to enjoy spectacular views from its steep and untamed roads and trails, Montara Mountain is treacherous to access by emergency personnel. Standard vehicles entering through the overgrowth of the Pedro Mountain Road can barely travel as far as the turn-off to the Boy Scout camp--and that only with considerable risk of damage to equipment. With no Life Flight helicopter landing location available, fire personnel are forced to carry patients, sometimes long distances, to a point where they can be transported. These manual carries pose safety issues for fire personnel because of the heavy loads and uneven ground--and the delay can be crucial for those with injuries. NCFA responds to calls from this location regularly.

Included among the other local spots difficult to access are San Bruno Mountain, Thornton Beach, the upper areas of Mori Point, Mussel Rock Beach, San Pedro Valley Park and the remote areas of Linda Mar and Sharp Park beaches.

Looking to make rough terrain rescues easier and more efficient, the NCFA recognizes that an all-terrain emergency vehicle is a life-saving solution, specifically the 6X6 Polaris Ranger/Rescue. This all-terrain rescue unit has a roll bar, a top speed of 45 mph, lights and a siren. It features a seat in the bed for the medic and a space for a Stokes basket. (A Stokes basket is a metal wire or plastic litter used in search and rescue.)

With the current economic crisis in California negatively impacting all fire departments, financing for such a vehicle is a challenge.

On Wednesday, June 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce invites the public to help the Pacifica Fire Department purchase an off-road rescue vehicle by attending "Hearts On Fire."


2009

January

January 29
With representatives from Passion Trail Bikes, ROMP, SF Urban Riders, and SF DirtLab, several PFR members attended the Information Sharing Workshop about Rancho Corral de Tierra hosted by the National Park Service and held in Montara. Details about the meeting as well as the GGNRA general management plan can be found in this MTBR thread.

January 10
Carlmont: With help from Passion Trail Bikes, ROMP, Ridemonkey's NorCal forum, and MSDHW, Pacifica Freeride organized a clean-up day at Carlmont in Belmont, CA. Over two dozen volunteers helped remove 3 couches, a sink, a shopping cart, car parts, as well as 10-15 bags full of trash from the hill. For details about the event, read the RideSFO thread.

Pacifica Freeride also installed a chain-locked garbage can by the trees near the Meth Line. Please respect the can! If it's full, change it. Extra bags are at the bottom of the can. You can drop off full bags at the Passion Trail Bikes dumpster.


2008

November

November 30
Cow Palace: Set up a vendor booth at the SF Bike Expo & Swap and sold a bunch of gear for cheap.

November 29
Boy Scout: Finished inside line with double on lower trail.

October

October 25/26
Boy Scout: Started cutting parallel line on lower trail after Rainbow Jump.

October 18/19
Boy Scout: New berm at trail exit.

October 4/5
Boy Scout: Repaired step-up line; repaired small drop on lower trail.

July

July 27
Boy Scout: Installed trash can at bottom of trail.

May

May 4
Boy Scout: Repaired lip of the second double in Campfire area.

April

April 27
Boy Scout: Raked trails and clipped bushes.

April 22
Boy Scout: Earth Day trash pick up. Installed garbage cans in the Campfire area.

January

January 10
Boy Scout: Removed storm debris from trail. Removed the tree across the trail in Campfire area.