Josh sits down with Mike Repyak, Director of Planning and Design at IMBA Trail Solutions, and Jake Carsten, Director of Planning at Rock Solid Trails Contracting. Mike shares his history in the landscape architect world, his time in Colorado, coming back to Wisconsin, Trail Labs, and a lot of new trail planning efforts in Wisconsin. Then Jake joins Josh to discuss where he comes from and what he does with Rock Solid Trail Contracting and what is in store for Winona, Minnesota.
IMBA Trail Solutions – https://www.imba.com/explore-imba/trail-creation-and-enhancement/trail-solutions
Rock Solid Trail Consulting – https://www.rocksolidtrails.com/
IMBA Trail Labs – https://www.imba.com/trails-for-all/trail-labs
Winona MN Comprehensive Parks Open Space, and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan: https://www.cityofwinona.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-11-29-Winona-Park-System-Plan_Draft.pdf
Outdoor Recreation Alliance – https://www.oratrails.org
Outdoor Recreation Alliance on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorRecreationAlliance/
Driftless Dirt is based out of La Crosse, WI which is nearly centered in the Driftless Area. The Driftless Area is a region of the Upper Midwest comprised of SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa, NW Illinois and SE Minnesota. Known for its steep jagged blufftops, massive rock outcroppings, rivers, and spring-fed streams, this area provides excellent topography for nearly all things outdoors. Spared from the glaciers of the last Ice Age, the steep peaks and valleys were formed.
While mostly unknown, the Driftless Region has a rich history in Mountain Biking spanning back to the mid 80’s. Paired with seemingly endless miles of paved and gravel roads, this area is a cyclists dream.
While cycling may be a large part of this show, we will also bring you the various aspects that make this area great.
Josh Blum is your host of Driftless Dirt. He is a Father, Husband, and Doer of stuff, as well as an Advocate and Builder of Trails and Community. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Josh has been enjoying the outdoors, trails, and mountain bikes since a young age. He is also the Trails Coordinator for the Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA) in La Crosse. The ORA has a focus on building a uniquely connected community through trails while always seeking out improvements in trail design, construction, and maintenance.