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Review: Half a year of Trail building Part 2 (Lessons Learnt)

This is Part 2 to the blogpost. If you haven’t read part 1, read it here. If you don’t care, continue ahead!

So, lessons learnt…well.

Number 1: The soil in a small region can vary wildly and may not have the same characteristics.

I’ve noticed that some soil is sticky and heavy, some is light and rocky, some is straight up sandy etc. Try to work with what you got and be creative in how you work with it.

Number 2: The tools you have matter a lot!

While I don’t suggest going out and buying every tool you find, I would suggest a few.

  1. Grub hoe – If the soil is soft and you need to dig, this is your tool

  2. Digging Shovel – this shovel will have notches at the edge for you to stamp on. these things are great for scooping and shaping dirt

  3. Pickaxe – a highly useful tool for breaking ground and uncooperative soil

  4. Digging Bar – A long heavy rod that you can strike the ground and break it open with. you’ll see locals use something similar.

  5. A good dirt bag – I’ve noticed IKEA works best.

Number 3: Work with the weather.

The soil isn’t always fresh and soft. make sure you go after a rain or heavy downpour. Depending on the soil it might take a bit more water to get it soft enough. If required, carry a water jug.

Number 4: Map out your terrain and have a clear idea as to what you want to build.

If you go to the trail unsure of what you want to build, you’ll end up clearing up dirt and getting stuff ready without having any true work done.


Ask the land owner before you build anything whether you can or not. If you don’t know them, find out.

You might want to set up a negotiation with them that leaves you with the ability to build without having to worry about others breaking it, however, be respectful and politely back down if they say no.

That’s it for now!

Hopefully you are now have an idea as to what to expect when you embark on this journey to build trails for you and the community.

Till the next time


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