The Trail Companion
Trail Center Notes
Trail Construction and Maintenance
A small, but hardy, band of volunteers turned out on
Oct. 6 and made short work of the first bridge and moved on
to prepare the way for a second bridge on another
|Gazos Totem Skull (click for
Photo by Geoffrey Skinner
Rain postponed our final session for the year, but let
up soon enough for us to try again on Dec. 8. The
waterfalls on Gazos' tributaries were in full force while
we built most of the approach to the second bridge and
hauled bridge timbers. We cut the timbers from downed logs
many hundreds of yards away - each 5-person crew that
brought the 14-foot timbers to the bridge site had to carry
them up an extremely steep hill. Then the crews jockeyed
them into place in order to slide them down the side of the
ravine to the bridge site without sending them over a
cliff. David "Tex" Houston of the PCA
saved the day by rustling up a pot of hot soup that he and
TC stalwart Dave Croker then lugged across
the creek and up the cliff to nourish the hard-working
crews. At the end of the day, we were all exhausted and
muddy, but the timbers were all in place.
After December, we realized
we needed to permanently attach the bridge timbers so heavy
rains wouldn't carry them over the falls. We had planned an
informal trip that we canceled at the last minute due to a
(needlessly) pessimistic weather.
We had expected to work at Jasper Ridge for our first trip
of the new year on Jan. 8, but we had to change plans at
the last minute, and instead headed to Gazos after all.
Despite the change, enough volunteers made the long drive
out to Gazos and we had a great day. Despite a broken
Pulaski and shattered post-pounder, we finished the
retaining wall on the approach and completed the bridge
except for handrails.
|Broken Post Pounder (click for
Photo by Geoffrey Skinner
Please check out photos from our Gazos events that are
posted in the Photo Gallery section of our website.
Thanks, Gazos volunteers!
Steve & Alice Ringer, Augie
Kuo, Paulette Pan, Aaron Beverly, Bill Warburton, Sandy
Venning, Alex Fabrikant, Dan Moran (and friends Dave and
Jay), Chuck.and Brion Doyle, David Alderman, Ed Alderman,
Elena Fabrikant, Bem Jones-Bey, Elizabeth Hansell, Peter
Crigger, Tex Houston, Bill, Joan Schwan, Dilgep George,
Geoffrey Skinner, Justin Knowles, Tim and Pat Oren, David
Taylor, Jonee Austin, Anukul Shenoy, Arvind (KC)
Chakravarthy, Primrose Boynton, Sarita Jain, Dave Croker,
Bill Henzel, Justin Knowles, Bobby Shaw.
Crew Leader Training
Congratulations to Bill Henzel, who
graduated to Crew Leader on Feb. 9! Bill is a long-time
volunteer and supporter and we have appreciated his help in
many areas, including his beautiful Map Source cabinet.
Welcome to the ranks of the Red Shirts, Bill.
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