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Dirt Camps

Parents often wish to carpool out to camp with other parents in their area. Because we are still operating within a pandemic, carpooling is currently discouraged. We look forward to a future where we can resume sharing space and reducing the impact on our planet!

 

Classes, Dirt Camps

Yes! Evergreen offers scholarships based on financial need. See this page for more details or contact scholarship@evergreenmtb.org.

Dirt Camps

Mountain bike camp is a closed learning environment; therefore, anyone not registered as a camper is not allowed to come to camp to ride along. You are free to ride the park yourself during camp hours, but may not join camp. This is to keep all campers’ safe, focused, and engaged.

Classes, Dirt Camps

We strive to create an inclusive environment for all riders to participate in our classes and camps and will do our best to accomodate riders with disabilities or medical concern. It's best to contact us ahead of time to make sure our staff is prepared and fully understands your needs before you arrive to ride. Please contact us to talk through accomodations.

Participants must must be able to independently steer and brake to participate in our programs.

 

In need of an adaptive MTB rental to participate in a class? Contact us and we can help!

Classes, Dirt Camps

Yes. Mountain biking is a rain or shine sport and coaches will take the opportunity to explain how rain can change the dynamics of a trail. Students should be prepared for the weather by bringing a rain jacket.

Classes and camps will be cancelled for severe weather, such as heavy rain, wind or extreme temperatures or air quality. For camps and classes, Evergreen Staff will consult the Washington Department of Ecology website for updates on air quality and heat. If threat levels at specific trail locations are deemed unhealthy (AQI Category 'Unhealthy', over 104*, or another hazard deemed unsafe by Evergreen staff), class will be cancelled.

 You will be contacted via email and then phone call if a class or camp is cancelled. If postponing / rescheduling is not an option, we will offer a 75% refund for the total number of cancelled days. These conditions pose a huge threat to outdoor recreation organizations, and we are grateful for your support and understanding.

Classes, Dirt Camps

No. Students are responsible for supplying their own bike and equipment for all Evergreen classes & camps. Please look into bike shops nearby each class location for rentals and demos.

Dirt Camps

The best way is to get in touch is via text message to the Camp Lead (number will be provided prior to camp via email). You may also text or call your campers cell phone directly. However, keep in mind that cell phone going off while riding is distracting, and we will have riders silence their phones during drills and trail rides. They will have the opportunity to check their phones during snack, lunch and prior to the end of the day.

Classes, Dirt Camps

The following age criteria applies to all Evergreen class and camp programs unless otherwise stated in the class description.

  • Youth: Age 8 - 12
  • Teen: Age 13 - 17
  • Adult: Age 17+

 

Classes, Dirt Camps

What to bring:

  • Mountain bike - must be functioning correctly with hand brakes and gearing
  • Helmet- Must be CPSC or Snell certified.  (See label inside of helmet)
  • Sturdy shoes-for walking and biking (no open-toed shoes or sandals)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Snacks
  • Bike gloves
  • Layers appropriate for the weather
  • Platform/flat pedals

Things to check on your bike before class:

  • Please remove kickstand prior to class
  • Air pressure/Tires:  Tire pressure should be between 25 to 35 lbs
  • Chain and Drive Train: Look for rust or gummed up areas that may need to be cleaned and lubed
  • Brakes:  Roll your bike, apply each brake separately checking for stopping ability.  Make sure brake pads are not worn out.

Requirements of each student in our effort to mitigate COVID-19 risk.

Before coming to each class:

  • Please perform a daily symptoms self-assessment
    • Take your temperature. Do you have a temperature above 100.4?
    • Do you have any COVID-related symptoms?
    • Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
    • If you answer yes to any of these questions, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CLASS.

Dirt Camps

While we try very hard to appropriately place campers in ability groups based on the information provided on the registration form, there are times where campers need to switch groups. Based on information and observations provided by head coaches, the lead will decide if a switch needs to occur. If so, the lead will put the camper in the appropriate group.

Classes, Dirt Camps

Cancellation refunds are based on the number of days’ notice given prior to the event. No refunds are available 180 days after purchase and a credit will be issued instead.

Camps

  • 14+ days prior to event: Full refund, less a $35 cancellation fee.
  • Fewer than 14 days prior to event: No credit or refund.

Evergreen Classes

  • 14+ days prior to event: Full refund.
  • 3-14 days prior to start of class: Credit toward alternate Evergreen class in the same calendar year OR a refund, less a $35 cancellation fee.
  • Fewer than 72 hours prior to start of class: No credit or refund.

Other Events (Bike Fest, Winterstoke, etc.)

  • 7+ days prior to event: Full refund.
  • Fewer than 7 days prior to event: No credit or refund.

Acts of Mother Nature (smoke, heat, lightning, etc.)

For camps and classes, Evergreen Staff will consult the Washington Department of Ecology website for updates on air quality and heat. If threat levels at specific trail locations are deemed unhealthy (AQI Category 'Unhealthy', over 104*, or another hazard deemed unsafe by Evergreen staff), class will be canceled.

We will reach out to all families, first via email then via phone call, by 8:00AM to cancel camp for the day. If your child has additional health concerns or sensitivities and must be withheld from camp, please let us know as soon as possible.

If a postponement / reschedule is not possible, we will offer a refund of 75% for the total number of canceled days. These conditions pose a huge threat to outdoor recreation organizations, and we are grateful for your support and understanding.

COVID-19 Special Circumstances

If a class needs to be canceled because Evergreen deems it unsafe during the pandemic, arrangements will be made to transfer your registration. If a transfer cannot be made, a full refund is available.

 

Dirt Camps

While most of the information was provided upon registration, we do need the online youth event waivers completed when your camper is dropped off Monday morning. Your child CANNOT participate without it.

If you haven't done so yet, please make sure a parent or guardian signs the REQUIRED Youth Event Waiver.

Classes, Dirt Camps

You should have a mountain bike, designed for offroad use, for all classes and camps. A 'cross' bike or ‘hybrid’ bike can work in a pinch, but does not offer the stability of a mountain bike.

 The general requirements for a bike are:

  • In good working order
  • Gears highly recommended
  • Front suspension recommended
  • 2 hand brakes are required (no coaster or backpedalling brakes)
  • No training wheels
  • Kickstand removed

E-bikes are not allowed in any Evergreen class.

Dirt Camps

Please read through each description carefully to determine the best camp for your young shredder. While we try to break into groups based on ability, your child will have the most enjoyable time if you find the right level. Still unsure? Feel free to reach out at dirtcamp@evergreenmtb.org

 

Camp Levels

Beginner: Level 1 - 2

Intermediate: Level 2 - 3

Advanced: Level 4 - 5

 

Level Descriptions

Level 1: 

  • Little to no time spent on dirt trails but atleast one year of bike riding experience
  • Brand new to mountain biking but comfortable on moderate grades while riding on the street
  • You are comfortable riding around the neighborhood on your bike but maybe not comfortable with steeper grades both ascending and descending. You can shift and brake well while riding but want to branch off riding on the streets and get your bike dirty on some mountain bike trails! 
  • Duthie Trails: Bootcamp, Honey Badger, Pump Track

Level 2: 

  • Less than a year riding a bike on dirt trails
  • Has been mountain biking a few times but haven't pushed yourself farther than most the greens and some blues at your local trailhead. 
  • You are comfortable with riding on both dirt trails and on the road at moderate grades. You've started to branch out from the easiest terrain at the local trailhead but are still feeling a bit nervous committing to all those blue trails and haven't started to do jumps or drops yet.
  • Duthie Trails (Confident Riding On): Bootcamp, Honey Badger, Pump Track, Deuces Wild, Movin On, Step it Up

Level 3: 

  • 1-3 years of experience riding a bike on mountain bike trails.
  • Has been mountain biking somewhat consistently for over a year, feels comfortable on most green and blue trails, you've also started doing drops less than a foot in size and some small table style jumps but aren't comfortable in the air yet.
  • Duthie Trails (Confident Riding On): Bootcamp, Honey Badger, Pump Track, Deuces Wild, Movin On, Step it Up, Lune Lines, Jabulani (2Hi)

Level 4:

  • 2-4 years of experience riding a bike on mountain bike trails.
  • Has been riding consistently for over 2 years and is comfortable hitting drops up to 2 feet tall. Also comfortable on most table top jumps and is starting to take interest in working on gap jumps. Confident overall bike handling skills.
  • Duthie Trails (Confident Riding On): Bootcamp, Honey Badger, Pump Track, Deuces Wild, Movin On, Step it Up, Luna Lines, Jabulani (2Hi), Voodoo, Top of Flying Squirrel

Level 5:

  • 3+ years of mountain bike riding experience.
  • Has been riding consistently for over 3 years and is comfortable hitting drops up to 3+ feet tall. Also comfortable on all table top jumps, smaller gap jumps, and is starting to take interest in working on larger gap jumps. Confident overall bike handling skills and knows their own riding limits. 
  • Duthie Trails (Confident Riding On): Bootcamp, Honey Badger, Pump Track, Deuces Wild, Movin On, Step it Up, Luna Lines, Jabulani (2Hi), Voodoo, Top of Flying Squirrel, Working on starting Gravy Train and or HLC

Level 6 (not currently offered through Evergreen camps or classes):

  • 5+ years of mountain bike riding experience.
  • Comfortable on all trails from green to black difficulty. An experienced and confident rider who is looking to push their riding to the highest level at the local trail head.
  • Duthie Trails (Confident Riding On): Bootcamp, Honey Badger, Pump Track, Deuces Wild, Movin On, Step it Up, Luna Lines, Jabulani (2Hi), Voodoo, Gravy Train, HLC, Flying Squirrel.
  • Someone riding at this ability is above Evergreen’s current offerings. You may make a great coach for our programs! Reach out to dirtcamp@evergreenmtb.org if you're interested in a summer coaching job

Dirt Camps

We have an excellent crew of head coaches, assistant coaches and volunteer student mentors this summer. They will be great role models for your campers, both in mountain bike skills and life skills. 

For questions on your particular session contact the Dirt Camp Coordinator dirtcamp@evergreenmtb.org