Episode 87 How Trails Are Designed and Built with Tyler Lau
Tyler Lau his an experienced member of trail crews and even teaches HOW to build trails the right way. On this episode we dive into how trails are designed, built, and maintained. We also chat about the do’s and don’ts along where we as hikers can help keep trails in their proper conditions so trail crews can attend to other trails in need of maintenance.
We also spend some time discussing diversity in the outdoors. Tyler is the first person of color to complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown so I wanted to take the opportunity to find out what Tyler’s experience has been and how he sees diversity in the outdoor industry.
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Catching up with Tyler since EP 69
Diversity in the outdoors and Tyler’s personal experiences
How to think about trail building
Scouting a trail
What makes a “good grade”
“Flagging” a trail for rework or future work
How trails are physical made
Deciding trail widths and tread
Trail building tools: the cross cut saw
The cost of trail crews
How to learn more about trail building
Following up with Tyler