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We have permission to start work on the new bridge over a seasonally wet area at Paradise Valley. FM is leading the design and construction of this, and it's going to be a nice feature when completed.

Workparty posted on the Evergreen site for this sunday. We are going to be moving materials out to the worksite and can use some help.

Thanks in advance!

http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7429
 

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Got wood?

yep yep.... this will be a very cool section of trail! Natural split cedar decking with some rolly contours and turns to add interest. It may be over 100' when complete (we are building it in 2-3 sections to keep it manageable).

The goal for this weekend is to move pier blocks and other materials from the nearest trail intersection to the bridge site. I'll post back with some more details closer to the weekend.

Much Kudos to Woodway for sourcing the materials.
We would really appreciate some help getting everything hauled in!
:)

Here's some random picture stoke to give an idea of the kind of feature we are working towards.....




 

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Wow

There were 15 of us total today, and we got a LOT of work done.

Once we got into the parking lot, we geared up and headed for the trail. First task was to haul 18 concrete pier blocks and four bags of quickcrete to the worksite. This was hard work - it's a pretty good walk from the base of the trail to the worksite.

Once that task was completed, we split into teams. Borneo started cutting stringers and Josh, Sean, Jeff, Kevin, Michael, Bob and Jason hauled the cut stringers up the trail to the worksite. FM and Peggy worked on placing the pier blocks. Doug and Chris grabbed the debarking tools and were busy stripping bark off the stringersas they arrived at the worksite. Everyone was busy!

Once we had enough stringers, Bob, Sean, Josh, Michael, Jason and Peggy went off in search of cedar to split for the bridge deck. Soon armfuls of freshly split cedar began arriving at the worksite.

The rest of us began the task of nailing the cross braces and arranging the stringers into the final location. We spent the last part of the day trimming and bolting everything together.

The last of us called it quits around 5:00 when it started to sprinkle. We completed the basic bridge framework today. It's completely bolted together and ready for decking. The construction is very durable and I expect this bridge to last a good many years. We finished a lot more today than I thought we would!

We are building this bridge in two sections. This section measured out at 85 feet. I'll estimate the next section will be about 40-50 feet in length. This is going to be one sweet bridge to ride when it is finished!

Look for a workparty next weekend to hunt and split more cedar and then to finish decking the bridge. A BIG thanks to everyone who came out and workd so hard today!

A few pics from the day:

Carrying stringers to the worksite:


It's not safe in these woods:


Scott and Peggy, the "footing kings":


Debarking logs:


Niiiiccceeee:


Jason's son got credit for five hours today:


The worksite was buzzing with activity:


Cedar decking, mmmm, cedar sure smells good:


Some guys are better at supervising:


Framework complete:


Looking from the other direction. Just needs decking:
 

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wait, WHAT??? This place is open (legally) now? Or is going to be? I live in woodinville, and have not been able to get a straight answer about this place...
 

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mtnbkr123 said:
wait, WHAT??? This place is open (legally) now? Or is going to be? I live in woodinville, and have not been able to get a straight answer about this place...
No, not open yet. But close. Check the Evergreen trail wiki. Evergreen has been working with Sno County for the last year to help facilitate opening.

Plenty of opportunities to help in the meantime. Borneo has a series of evening workparties planned for after the time change:

http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7445
http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7446
http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7447

Plus I'll be posting another one this week to finish decking the bridge. Hope you can come out and lend a hand.
 

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Stoked.

Maybe an after work cedar search and split one or two times this coming week in preparartion. Need to find bigger logs that are not rotted out in the middle.
 

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Well done ya'll. That bridging looks super well done. Build it right and it'll last. :thumbsup: Can one of you point me to a place to purchase that tool for de-barking trees? I'm gonna need one shortly.

Not to sell Westra out, but I ran into him riding on Galby today when we had a work party on Mullet. He was actually out riding his bike.......I thought he lived under the freeway?? :confused:

Cheers,
EB
 

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ebxtreme said:
Well done ya'll. That bridging looks super well done. Build it right and it'll last. :thumbsup: Can one of you point me to a place to purchase that tool for de-barking trees? I'm gonna need one shortly. Not to sell Westra out, but I ran into him riding on Galby today when we had a work party on Mullet. He was actually out riding his bike.......I thought he lived under the freeway?? :confused: Cheers, EB
I manage to crawl out from under the Diversity St. Bridge once in a while. I think you're looking for 1 of these:


:D ...Or a draw knife: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FOPZI2. They cost between $40 and $80.
 

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I bought my bark scraper here:

http://www.benmeadows.com/search/bark/3626/230877/?isredirect=true

The stringers are mostly fir. Doug Carrol and Chris Newman did most of the scraping, I think that they could do a 10' log in about 10-15 minutes. The tripod that Doug lashed up to hold the logs made a huge difference.
Perfect. That's what I was looking for....just ordered one.

Westra, the one man automated barking machine looks great, but I'm not sure how I'd haul that into the woods with me! :D
 

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Thanks for posting those pix! And thanks for everybodies hard work, I'm impressed we got all those materials on site.

The de-barker is really cool. Definitely something I'll take the time to do on any future wood projects- it's very quick work and you can really see how much water the bark holds.

This bridge is coming together quickly, soon we'll be on to the next portion....
 

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This bridge is coming together quickly, soon we'll be on to the next portion....
I'll get a bunch of 30" pieces for the curves staged along the trail this week. Wish me luck hunting. It's slim pickings out there. One of the best logs we found was actually the teeter log but that's sort of a sacred cow so hoping never to have to take from that. Still looking for that solid 2 footer.

Update edit: I couldn't wait. Here's over 45' end to end of 30" pieces requested I acquired from a reserve stash at home.With some split in narrower strip and the required gaps, should be quite a bit more and plenty for the curvy sections. Will clean it up and get it on site this week. https://evergreenmtb.org/img/upload/img09547.jpg
 

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Update edit: I couldn't wait. Here's over 45' end to end of 30" pieces requested I acquired from a reserve stash at home.With some split in narrower strip and the required gaps, should be quite a bit more and plenty for the curvy sections. Will clean it up and get it on site this week. https://evergreenmtb.org/img/upload/img09547.jpg
excellent! Keep us posted. :thumbsup:
My .02c, I'd keep 'em wide. After riding gargamel a few years back I'm a fan of big chunky rungs, even if it requires more of 'em. Hiker friendly too.
 

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Nice work Borneo! Between these and what is already at the worksite, we may have enough to finish decking the phase 1 bridge. Let's coordinate getting them to the worksite - I'll bring the "little yellow machine" out again :thumbsup:
 
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