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Low-tech trail grooming paves way for Saltese fat bikes

WINTERSPORTS -- Simple pleasures can be groomed by simple muscle-powered grit and determination, as winter cyclists are discovering during this cold snap on a powder-snow trail groomed by Dave Dutro of Trail Maniacs as well as Idaho Panhandle Fat Bikers.

I went out to Saltese Uplands Conservation area on Wednesday and "groomed " a 4.5 mile loop.

I used a sled with two 60# sandbags and a rake to set the track.... It worked perfectly. But was also very difficult. I figured this might be an option to pack a trail where motorized vehicles are not permitted. I think I might have a better set up in mind for next time.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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