Month: August 2016

Rim Trail rockwork 8/31 9 AM

Good afternoon, trail crew,
    With a forecast for cooler dry air, we’ll return to the Rim Trail this Wednesday 8/31.  We’ll meet at the ski area at Mt. Sunapee at 9 AM.  There we’ll set rocks in a staircase to protect the trail from erosion by keeping hikers on a hardened path.  The usual gear list applies: leather boots, long pants, BYO work gloves, lunch, 2 qt. water.  Please email so leader can inform you of any changes.
     The rocks are staged near the site, so all we have to do is set them.  We hope to finish the rockwork on this relocation on this workday, and perhaps have a grand opening with ribbon-cutting and photos later this Fall.
    When this job is done, we’ll move on to Cole Pond Trail in Enfield, which needs more waterbars, steps, pavers, brushing, and two bridges (of small pieces assembled onsite).  There we plan some work on Saturdays to make the trip more worthwhile for those with a longer drive, as well as to recruit new volunteers locally.  If interested, please email about this trail.
    Thank you for your support.  With two months left, this is already a very good season for this crew.
Yours,  Craig

Next work day likely within 8/16-19

These needed and welcome rainy days are forecast to end by next Tuesday August 16. Expect an announcement of a day or two next week.

Tomorrow we host a teen crew from UVTA at Cole Pond Trail.  When the Wetlands Board approves Fish & Game’s minimal impact notification, we will go there to build rock steps, turnpike, and waterbars.  Until then, we carry on with Winslow Trail and with Rim Trail, where we hope to finish the brook relo in two more days.

Please email L  with any questions: Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you on the trail.

7/27 & later

We have found that starting at 8 AM and quitting around 2 PM works quite well for those able to attend, so we will continue those hours.  Latecomers are welcome to join us at the worksite.

On Wednesday July 27 three of us rigged our rope puller for two straight pulls to stage 10 quarried rocks below a slope that is just under the trail relocation we are building on Mt. Sunapee. On Saturday July 30 four of us pulled them and a few more up that slope on rails to stage them right by where we plan to set them as steps climbing up the slope. Another 2 days there and we hope to finish this job.

On Sunday 7/31 six of us met to prepare to organize as a NH non-profit.  We adopted a mission statement, bylaws, and considered the language in a draft MOA from the State.  When the State buys a liability policy for its volunteer groups we are ready to incorporate, negotiate the MOA, and be covered by that policy. Meantime we carry on as ever under the RSAs.

Back on the trail, we welcomed the High School Trail Corps from the Upper Valley Trails Alliance on West Ridge Trail last Wednesday.  They followed our worklist and added pin rocks to 20 old wooden steps and waterbars. Next Spring we plan to harvest fresh trees to replace several old ones that will become barricade at trailside.

We returned to Winslow Trail on Thursday 8/4.  There we were lucky enough to find a large rock 3′ from where we used it as a stepstone to complete a cross-drain. We added another next to it, then moved uphill over rock steps built by the SCA summer crew leaders school in 2015 and Trailwrights in 2014. Where the trail funnels between two boulders we saw the need of a few rock steps, but we spent the rest of the morning finding a few that were acceptable. Where the good rock is depends on geology and what direction the last glacier flowed.

After lunch, two of us focused on setting rock for steps, and the third dug a rock-backed drainage dip just uphill from the steps to protect them from floods. We added a rock step to restore a waterbar just uphill and then decided to quit while we were ahead.  The cold drinks at the store never tasted better.

Watch this page for a workday next week.  Thank you for your interest.