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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby G.Cook » August 17th, 2013, 3:21 pm

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » August 17th, 2013, 4:12 pm

That wouldn't have worked for the way this got pinched. Tree ended up twisting in a way I didn't expect. Those might be good to have on hand in general though.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby G.Cook » August 17th, 2013, 6:33 pm

Yep. I carry 2 and they really do come in handy.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » August 18th, 2013, 8:16 am

I'll be heading out there today to clear the rest of the hedgerow and start on the Probert.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » August 18th, 2013, 11:17 am

Cleared the rest of the tree in the museum and the big tree at the beginning of probert. Also cleared some smaller branches on the exit of probert.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » August 18th, 2013, 2:20 pm

Thanks, Jake.

I didn't do what I wanted to. That tall grass is a pain in the ass. Plus, I ran out of water. I am going to try and make it back out sometime this week and finish the hedgerow.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » August 23rd, 2013, 8:58 am

Heading out this morning to tackle (hopefully) the rest of the hedgerow trail.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » August 23rd, 2013, 10:50 am

I was just out there too. Cleared the exit of Tunnel that leads out to the pavillion. Didn't make it to the entrance of the Tunnel my trimmer over heated (that was some thick *beep*).

Reminder that the trail day is tomorrow. I will be there a little after 10:00
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » August 23rd, 2013, 2:09 pm

Finished the hedgerow. That was a PITA and I am not looking forward to Probert at all because that's even worse.

I will be there tomorrow, I just wanted to get that *beep* trail done. I hope there is a decent turnout.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » August 24th, 2013, 5:49 pm

Cleared some more of the tunnel until I was attacked by bees. They were pretty *beep* about the trimming. Cleared some of section one there is still a ton of work to be done.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » August 24th, 2013, 8:16 pm

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So this is CCC version of the trail being maintained, 3-4ft tall grass with the trail barely visible, but since he walked through with a leaf blower it is considered maintained. Minust the trimmed area I did that before I thought of taking a picture. Unfortunately the picture doesn't do the overgrowth justice.

ImageThis is my version of maintained after 2 hours of trimming, just this section plus another 1 1/2hr on another section.

Really iritated that I was told that this section was completely cleared. I also just saw it posted to the CCC Facebook page that sections 1 - 4 are completely cleared. This obviously isn't clear. Section one has a very small dent made in it thanks to Craig and myself. With the area to cover in all of 1 -4 it will take a long time just to complete the trimming that needs to be done.

I also worked on the Tunnel trail today, but probably only cleared 100 - 200 ft before the bee incident. This trail could use a significant amount of work as well. I did notice someone ran a mower through some of Probert while the gesture was nice. I was a single pass that barely address the actual trimming that needs to be done. You can see from my picture that my trimming may be considered a bit excessive, but I was trying to clear things that will be future problems along with current problems.

Oh and the best part is this CCC organized trail day had only one person from their organization show up to help and he was the clueless guy wandering aimlessly with a backpack blower. :icon_scratch:
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » August 25th, 2013, 9:41 am

I agree, Jake. The CCC doesn't have a clue as to what doing REAL trail work is. When Dan broke out the leaf blower, I just couldn't believe it. I wanted to say something, but just figured it would do no good anyway. I read on the CCC's facebook page that Frank cleared most of Probert. I haven't gone out there to check, but I am skeptic as to what he means by "cleared". BTW, I do like your post on their page, good job! The hilarious part of Dan helping was that I was throwing stuff back on the trail from trimming AFTER he went through with the leaf blower.

I have also been cutting things back further to "future proof" the growth. Though, on some parts of the trails (grassy areas) I don't think that will do much good. We need that *beep* DR Trimmer that Dan said they had (if they actually have it).

I guess we are pretty much on our own out there. And after spending 7 or so hours in the last couple of days clearing the trails, I am FUBAR. My arm is constantly numb and cannot even hold onto a glass. I want to get back out there, but I don't want to do permanent damage to my arm, so I have to rest it a while.

If anyone else is reading this, WE NEED HELP OUT THERE! An hour or two (or as much time as you can spare) of cutting back the growth would be helpful. Not blowing, unless it's after we cut back the trails.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » August 25th, 2013, 10:40 am

Those grassy areas I am hoping if I can knock them down then a mower could be run through there. Would make it so much easier than using the trimmer. My hands are shot too from all the work I have done this week. Had planned to ride today but I don't think I could hold the bars.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby glr » August 25th, 2013, 10:46 am

Feeling guilty just putting this out there, but the work you have done looks great. I know that this might be a little difficult, but what if you took more photo's of the areas the ccc "cleared" and emailed them to the park super and showed what there version of maintaining is? Better yet showing them in person what you guys did and contrast that with what the ccc version of trail maintenance is. I wish I had more time with my schedule, since Ella Sharp is the other trail I ride when I get a chance. I think though that if you were able to get a park employee maybe better yet someone from there board to come, I really think you might be onto something. Your work does look good, and I assure you that others do appreciate your help.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby reidabel » August 25th, 2013, 2:20 pm

I know that building the Serenity trail at Burchfield was hard on my body as well, particularly with the heat high like it is now, and when I used the old DR trimmer in the field section, it was brutal. The worst was that it was so hard to start - one time it took me about 65 pulls to get it going. At my age that's really hard work (wah). I only had a few yards left to finish, so I just kept at it. Anyway, the reason I mention it is that I started taking ice out in a cooler and icing my problem areas (wrists, knees) when I got back to the car, on the ride home. Perhaps you guys would benefit from that as well? Or not ... just an idea.
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