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January 17, 2015

Anyone involved in the designing and building of a legal MTB trail in Australia will know it doesn’t happen overnight. Few understand this better than Louise Perrin, the Environmental Services Manager at Mt Buller.

Amongst plenty of other feathers in her cap, modest Lou has played a crucial role in the realisation of Mt Buller’s 42km Alpine Epic trail, the Southern Hemisphere’s first and only IMBA Epic Trail.

A wilderness adventure travelling through some of the most spectacular landscape Mt Buller and Mt Stirling have to offer, the trail is epic by name and epic by nature, in more ways than one…

During the inaugural Mt Buller MTB Summit there was talk of the ‘Dark Days’ through which any trail building project must navigate. Louise disagrees with this sentiment, and instead believes the process can be a pretty rewarding one.

We caught up with Louise at the MTB Buller Summit where she shared some golden nuggets for anyone on the verge – or in the process of – a legal trail build.

From working with indigenous Elders to embedding a Master Plan in all strategic documents; from micro flora site walks to knowing what Grants are out there and how to apply for them; from reporting regularly to not ‘having your ears painted on’; these are the steps that, in Louise’s words, can make the dark days a lot lighter.

BikeExchange was a guest at the Mt Buller Chalet during the MTB Summit.

Check out other articles from the 2014 Mountain Bike Summit and more here.