As you may have seen, we recently upgraded our logo. According to the rule of "everything considered worthy of attention in Olympia must be written in a particular font hereby dictated as that which adorns the cans of holy Oly brew," our blog is now considered worthy of attention. The slogan came naturally. If you don't know what we mean by "its the dirt," then you first need to watch this video:
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Now, take every glorified soft corner and slow motion roost shot in this video and think about the complete opposite. Olympia has two types of dirt: gravel pit and slick mud. In technical terms, these are actually called glacial till and pure clay, respectively. During the pleistocene epoch, the Cordilleran ice sheet's Puget lobe ended right around Olympia. In fact, the Black hills (an area now mostly contained by Capitol Forest) were untouched by the last glaciation. If you have ever wondered why Capitol Forest doesn't have the epic rock ridges and random granite boulders that make for incredible riding terrain from Seattle to British Columbia, the answer lies in the glaciers. Rock ridges are the peaks of giant gouges scratched into bedrock from the passage of glaciers. Those granite boulders are glacial erratics, rocks that were transported for thousands of miles trapped in ice until being dumped off as the glacier melted.
|Big rock=big jumps. Photo: B. Walton|
Here's some DNR stuff about the glaciers.
To get back to that video - despite the ridiculous dirt porn going on for most of it, it was good to see some real PNW trail bike shredding. I wish I could shred corners like that all day. Take note, FOCF: that's what a real bike corner looks like. Thanks for building.