Camp Vits Park Kiosk

When we first started talking about the Kiosk for Camp Vits, I expressed importance to Leatherface that this needs to look really good. This is the first thing that the visitors of the park will see. We want this to be a symbol of our club and how we build trail.

Well....Leatherface has exceeded my expectaions. This Kiosk it top notch!!! Thanks and great job to Leatherface and his crew!!! 


Although the Kiosk is up. The trail is NOT open yet for Mountain Biking.



Kiosk at Camp Vits

Leatherface (not in photo) and his crew have designed, built and installed the Kiosk at Camp Vits.


This is what it looks like from the road.


Camp Vits Tee

We are putting in alot of hard work and sweat at Camp Vits Parks. Hopefully the trail system will be open mid Oct. The NEW OM is always looking for ways to raise money for our club.'s another tee to celebrate our hard work on the trail and off. You can pre-order this tee by emailing or calling Wade. We should have this printed in a week or 2. The tee is $20. all the cash will go into the trail devo at Camp Vits.


OCMB Trail Grand opening

Our friends from the South will have a grand opening of there trail soon. here's the flyer.

Trail Building at Camp Vits


.Chained and locked to a tree. Hopefully we don't have any "RIFFRAFF" breaking in and stealing our tools.



Chris....I think he is loving this section of trail.


When rain falls on hillsides, after the palnts have all gotten a drink, the water continues to flow down the hill as dipersed sheets--called SHEET FLOW. A trail with grade reversals and outsloped tread encourages water to continue sheeting across the trail--NOT down it. Grade reversals require very little maintence.
Here is a picture of a textbook example of proper trail design and construction on a hillside at Camp Vits.


CONGRATULATIONS.......It's a Park!!!

Our "Adopt a Park" application has been turned in and approved by the Manitowoc City Park and Rec Dept. What does this mean? The NEW OM is now the official stewards of Camp Vits park. Our hard work, dedication, creditbiliy and professional attitude has paid off to get us where we are today.

CONGRATS and THANKS to our OFF-ROAD Cycling Community. 

Kiosk for Camp Vits

The Kiosk for Camp Vits is being constructed now and should be up in the next week or 2. The 1st thing that the visitors of Camp Vits will see is the Kiosk. We want this Kiosk to be a symbol of our club and our trail. So this kiosk is going to be grade A.

Brandon and Leatherface are not messing around when it comes to the design and building of this.




OK....maybe a lil messing around.


Natural Resource Impacts of Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is still a new sport. It's about 30 years old. The General public doesn't really know what Mountain Biking is and how it affects the property that Mountain Bike trails are on. Here is some info. Please pass it along.

  recent years, hiking and environmental groups have lobbied to ban mountain bikers from trails on the grounds that mountain bikes damage the environment. Some land managers have closed trails to bicycling because of alleged, excessive resource damage.

Do mountain bikers truly cause more impact on natural resources than other trail users?

Very little research has been in done in an attempt to answer this question, but the empirical studies that have been conducted do not support the notion that bikes cause more natural-resource impact. What studies do demonstrate is that all forms of outdoor recreation - including bicycling, hiking, running, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and off-highway-vehicle travel - cause impacts to the environment. 1

Social scientists have conducted surveys to study the feelings, perceptions, and attitudes of cyclists, hikers, equestrians and motorized trail users toward one another. This information, along with anecdotal evidence and media reports, shows that trail users don't always get along. User conflict, as a concept, is fairly well understood and demonstrably real.

In a democracy, the allocation of trails based on users' differing interests is a normal, appropriate course of action. Land managers must consider the opinions and concerns of the people who use their trails. But when individuals make unsubstantiated allegations regarding natural resource damage to justify the prioritization of their type of trail use, land managers should be wary.

Objective information, independent of conflicting human desires, must be the basis for sound policy decisions. The results of scientific studies can provide land managers and recreationists with a better understanding of user impacts, and should guide political debate and public policy.

This document examines three main categories: physical impacts to trails or facilities, vegetation damage, and effects on wildlife.

In each case, several studies have examined the topic, but only a handful have compared the effects of bicyclists with other trail users.

No scientific studies show that mountain bikers cause more wear to trails than other users.

Trails deteriorate over time. To what extent do bicyclists cause this deterioration, and how does the impact of bicyclists compare with that of other trail users? Many people have hypothesized about impact, basing their theories on ideas involving the characteristics of tires versus shoes, skidding, area and pressure of impact, and other factors. But as of 2003, only two empirical studies have scientifically compared the erosion impacts of bicycling with other forms of trail travel. (editor: For a more recent and complete review of scientific studies, see Environmental Impacts of Mountain Biking: Science Review and Best Practices by Jeff Marion and Jeremy Wimpey published in Managing Mountain Biking: IMBA's Guide to Providing Great Riding (2007).

Wilson and Seney: Hooves and feet erode more than wheels
In 1994, John Wilson and Joseph Seney of Montana State University published "Erosional Impacts of Hikers, Horses, Motorcycles and Off-Road Bicycles on Mountain Trails in Montana" (12). The study tracked 100 passages by each of the four groups over control plots on two trails in national forests. For some of the passages, the researchers prewet the trail with a fixed quantity of water using a rainfall simulator. The researchers measured sediment runoff, which correlates with erosion.

Wilson and Seney found no statistically significant difference between measured bicycling and hiking effects. They did find that horses caused the most erosion of the trails, and that motorcycles traveling up wetted trails caused significant impact. They also concluded, "Horses and hikers (hooves and feet) make more sediment available than wheels (motorcycles and off-road bicycles) on prewet trails, and that horses make more sediment available on dry plots as well" (p.74). Wilson and Seney suggested that precipitation will cause erosion even without human travel, and this factor may significantly outweigh the effects of travel. Trail design, construction, and maintenance may be much more important factors in controlling erosion than excluding specific user groups.


Mountain biking, like other recreation activities, does impact the environment. On this point, there is little argument. But people often debate whether or not mountain bikes cause more damage to trails, vegetation, and wildlife than other forms of recreation such as hiking and horseback riding.

A body of empirical, scientific evidence now indicates that mountain biking is no more damaging than other forms of recreation, including hiking. Thus, managers who prohibit bicycle use (while allowing hiking or equestrian use) based on impacts to trails, soils, wildlife, or vegetation are acting without sound, scientific backing.

A land manager's decision to prohibit one user group on the basis of providing a particular type of experience for another group may or may not be justified by evidence provided by social studies, as the wisdom of prohibiting a particular user group in order to satisfy the desires of another is a matter for politics rather than science.

Camp Vits Bridge

We put these girls to work! this bridge is safe to ride, enjoy!.



Just Kidding! Here is the real bridge that the Scheppman family built and installed at Camp Vits. Braun Building supplied the wood for this bridge. Thanks Scheppmans and Braun Building!!!

this Ladder Bridge is 3' x 10'


Camp Vits, park rules

The NEW OM has worked very hard on getting permission from the city to build trail out at Camp Vits. Please respect all park and trail rules. The rules will soon be posted here on the NEW OM site and on a kiosk at the trail head of the park. Please look at the maps below for parking laws and where to enter the park. When visiting the park, please only walk on existing trails to avoid trampling on plant life and spreading invasive plant seeds.

other than that....come out and enjoy this awesome natural park.


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