Letters to the Editor
The article last week highlighting the work that Students Helping Our Community did on a local mountain bike trail was a wonderful portrayal of the volunteering that our group stands for.
Thanks to the author for getting word out about our group's community involvement. We hope and expect to do much more.
However, one important detail was overlooked. The amount of work that SHOC did to complete that particular section of trail was misrepresented.
The new section of trail, just off of 'Boa' among the Ice Cave trails, was not begun and finished during SHOC's work session. The fact of the matter is that the LC cross country team completed the vast majority of this trail segment.
When we (SHOC) arrived, eight of us put in a solid two and half hours worth of very quality work. To quote Deke, this was "the icing on the cake". SHOC was indeed damn good icing, but we were working to finish a trail that the cross country team men & women had begun and made immense progress in a cumulative six hour work day.
On August 22nd, seventy runners descended on untouched woodland. In three separate shifts, they cleared loads of trees and brush, laid support logs and even finished part of the new trail.
A big thank you from SHOC to the cross country team. And a shout-out to the DHPT volunteers who were there to guide both LC crews through safe, educated and rather enjoyable sessions of trail building.
Elliott Drake (‘13)