Not sure why it's silly or ridiculous? From the MEC Blog of the event:
Small pink squares flag our route, marking the switchbacks of what will become the Skid Road re-route. When the re-route is done, it'll be a multi-purpose trail and a sustainable solution to the old Skid Road, an eroded trail leftover from forestry days. Back then, things like water diversion and long-term use weren't part of trail building – not the case on the Shore anymore. Now trails are made to last, while keeping the forest experience and treading as lightly as possible. Attention to environmental care and sustainable trail building practices are key to the NSMBA.
Crew with fire rakes start clearing a 2.5ft. corridor of logs, salal and branches, sticking to Mark's “keep it tight, keep it right” philosophy. Following behind are people with McLeods, pulling back more duff to expose what we're hunting for: North Shore gold. This golden-coloured mineral soil sheds water and packs down hard, so it's prime trail material. In some spots, we uncover platinum-coloured soil, evidence of ashy deposits from a forest fire. In other spots, the duff doesn't reveal anything but more duff. We grub and scrounge for rocks to fill these spaces so that the trail can support hikers, bikers, dog walkers and trail runners without dissolving into mud.