Safety

MMBTS promotes safe mountain biking.

We have prepared a Moose Mountain Trail Map which includes the trails maintained by MMBTS as well as other trails that are in the area (decades old SRD trails and trails built and maintained by CMBA)

All bikers, downhill, cross-country or all-mountain, are strongly encouraged to download, print and carry a copy of the MMBTS trail map.   This map will aid in your locating and enjoying trails, but more importantly, may be a valuable resource if you ever have to communicate an emergency to Kananaskis Emergency Services.   Emergency Services providers have a copy of this same map which will enable better understanding of where an injured person may be located.

Click Here to Download the MMBTS 2011 Trail Map

Safety Hazards.

Mountain Biking has unique hazards in addition to the normal hazards associated with other backcountry use and travel.   The sport involves somewhat high rates of speed on often narrow and sometimes very steep trails.  There is always a risk of crashing and proper protective gear should be worn.  As a bare minimum a properly fitting helmet is required.   For downhill trails, a full face helmet is highly recommended along with elbow and knee pads.  Aggressive riders (racers) and those that like to ride the technical trail features such as jumps and skinnies, should also consider the use of chest and spine protection.

Riders should always remember that natural hazards exist and trail conditions are constantly changing.  A jump that was safe last weekend may now have a fallen tree across the landing.  Always – look before you leap.  Never attempt Technical Trail Features (TTF’s) that you do not feel totally comfortable with.  Always ride within your abily.

TTF’s such as gap jumps are a desirable challenge for many riders.  However, these features should not be attempted by a new rider without coaching from a more experienced rider and never attempted when you are alone.   You must remember that the MMBTS trails are in an area with poor communication, limited access points and a long way from professional medical care.   A moderate to serious injury can easy become a life threatening injury in such a location.

A SAFETY thread will be established on the MMBTS website and members encouraged to report any incidents such as accidents or near misses and potential safety issues that need to be addressed.  If you notice conditions such as a deteriorated or damaged TTF please report that.  If you notice a tree has fallen or loose rocks are present on a landing zone, please either fix the problem or report the problem so that these safety issues can be addressed as soon as possible.   This should not be confused with maintenance issues that are not safety related (braking bumps, poor drainage etc).  These maintenance issues should be reported on a trail maintenance thread so that the issue can be addressed on a trail maintenance day.

Mountain Biking involves higher rates of speed than other backcountry activities such as hiking or trail running.   This increased speed increases the likely hood of wildlife encounters.  Potentially dangerous animals in this area include black bear and grizzly bears, moose, cougars and wolves   For information on the hazards of wildlife in Kananaskis country, please drop into the visitor center for information or visit the website page wildlife in Kananaskis at http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/kananaskis/wildlife.asp

An additional hazard in the Moose Mountain area is sour natural gas production operations.   The Moose Mountain fire road, provides access to several wells and pipeline valve stations on Moose Mountain.   The Canyon Creek road, past Ing’s Mine parking lot, also access’s a Shell Canada compressor station and several pipeline valve stations.   There is also a Husky access road off the Canyon Creek road accessing a Husky Energy sour well site and compressor station on Prairie Mountain.   “Sour Gas” refers to natural gas that contains Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S).  The wells in this area produce gas with up to 25% H2S concentration.  H2S is acutely toxic in concentrations of several hundred parts per million.  Shell and Husky are excellent operators with comprehensive safety and corrosion mitigation programs.  All you need to be aware of is that these facilities are strictly out of bounds and not to be messed about.  In the event of any sour gas emergency, Shell and Husky will activate their emergency response plans.   You should immediately follow any instructions given to you by Shell and Husky personnel and in the absence of any instructions, try to stay on high ground and upwind of any gas leak (H2S is heavier than air).

Emergency Services

Dial 911 and ask for the Kananaskis Emergency Services Dispatch

Fire – Report Forest Fires as soon as possible by calling 310-FIRE  (310-3473)