7/27 rock rolling on Rim Trail

   Last Thu 7/21 two of us found enough usable rock at and near a gully on Winslow Trail that we were able to set 6 new rock steps on the right side of the gully.  We then picked and shoveled mineral soil from the left side under a ledge that sheds a lot of water (when we have any), re-establishing a ditch to catch that water and carry it down to where it crosses the trail at a stone waterbar.  We set two slabs beside the steps at narrow points to ensure the water doesn’t undermine them.  We used the soil from the ditch to backfill around the new steps and under some old ones just above that have been undermined since being set 29 years ago.  Next worksites on Winslow Trail are a wee ways uphill, adding steps and revetting under the trail tread.
   On Sat 7/23 three of us quarried 10 rocks from slopes both above and below the brook bed relocation we are building on Rim Trail.  Thus on our weekday  this week I plan to bring our rope puller and webbing so we can move those rocks along a terrace and more particularly up a slope to the trail route.  For this we will need at least three and preferably four people, to carry the tools and to rig and operate the system.  I would like to see four of our 4′ 10-lb. bars used as rails as we wrap the rock with a choker hitch, attach a snatch block to it for a 2 to one mechanical advantage, hang a second snatch block to a tree to make it easier to pull uphill, and anchor the rope puller to the base of a tree to ensure it stays there.  Most pulls will be straight line although our gear is light enough in weight that it is relatively easy to move and set up in a different place to change the direction of pull.  Now, who can tell us how to avoid getting bitten?
    Those of you who have the AT Fieldbook please review pp. 94-96.  We will have a formal safety briefing before we start to set up our rigging. Hard hats will be issued, and worn while operating the setup.
    If all we do is get the rocks safely staged handy to the trail route, that will be a good productive day (I personally have no desire to lug all that hardware up there again).  If there is time, we can set some rocks too.
   As always, please wear long pants and leather boots, BYO work gloves, lunch, and 2 qt. water.  If you have no work gloves I will issue you a pair, which you can turn in for a new pair when worn out.  However, everyone’s hands are different and people are usually most comfortable with gear that fits them.
     Meeting place is parking lot of Mt. Sunapee ski area by Sunapee Lodge.
     Now for the earlier start.  Forecast is for 60 degrees at sunrise and 85 degrees by 1 PM.  Under the forest canopy it is 10 degrees cooler and the day heats much slower.  We can prolong that relative comfort if we start an hour earlier than our usual 9 AM, so I am asking those who can attend to please reply on the question of starting at 8 AM and finishing by 2 PM.  I will follow the will of the majority.
    This is a bit different from our usual set of tasks, but I hope you find it interesting.  Please email crgsnbrn@yahoo.com with any questions.
Yours,  Craig

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