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Rock Versus Wood: Which is the Better Material for Technical Trails?

Source: IMBA Canada

When building technical trail features, you have two basic materials to work with: rock and wood. Factors to consider are durability, predictability, maintenance and aesthetics.

In most cases, rock is better. Well-built rock structures will withstand decades of trail use, will ride the same day after day and rarely require maintenance. Generally, rock blends well into the surrounding environment.

This doesn't mean that you should avoid building wooden technical features. A well-designed and maintained wooden technical trail feature can safely stand the test of time. Careful attention must be paid to construction and maintenance to ensure durability. It's important that wooden features use materials and construction techniques. that match the surrounding environment. Also, to ensure durability, select rot-resistant wood and appropriate fasteners.



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