The Trail Companion
Late Winter 1999
Neither Snow nor Ice Shall Stay the Work of the
by Geoffrey Skinner
Our first official day of trailwork at Castle Rock
on January 9 was favored with great weather - not too
cold, not too hot, and lots of dappled sunshine
getting through the tree cover overhead. But turn the
clock forward to January 30...
We gathered amidst
snow and ice on our second regular workday on the
Castle Rock reroute project. The storm had dropped a
nice dusting on the park earlier in the week and not
all of the snow had melted, though we had none in the
work area. Unfortunately, the wind was so strong and
cold that none of us lasted through the whole day,
even without new snow.
|Dave Croker (l) and Tim Oren
building a rock wall on the Castle Rock
by Scott Heeschen
Despite the weather,
we have completed several hundred feet of new trail
in the most technically challenging section of the
new route (just below Castle Rock) after two regular
workdays and a Crew Leader Only day. To no one's
surprise, we've uncovered a great deal of rock in the
process of constructing a three-foot wide trail
tread. We've built rock walls along more than
three-quarters of the trail so far, which adds up to
more feet of wall than we've constructed for two
typical projects put together!
Although the trail
doesn't connect to anything yet, many people are
already using it to access boulders and we've taken
the opportunity to talk to climbers about our work.
We'll work on the upper section of the reroute
through the spring, extending the new trail in both
directions, then connect with the existing trail on
National Trails Day (June 5th). We plan to close off
the badly eroded old trail at the same time, breaking
up the compacted surface and covering it with native
materials to let it recover.
We invite you to sign
up to help or just stop by to inspect the work!
Please check our website regularly for updated
information on workday schedules and progress.
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