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I have an addiction, a disease perhaps, which involves trail building. There's something incredibly satisfying about laying out an interesting new line and seeing it done to completion. I got approval from the town's conservation commission (it helps to be a member) for a short new trail on one of the town's properties. The topography has lots of boulders, and my goal was to link them as much as reasonably possible; to build something along the lines of Whistler's "River Runs Through It", but using granite instead of cedar.

Last weekend, my friend Michael the Minimalist and I built this little gem, finding a quarried ramp only needing an exit move and small gap filler:

1. The ramp, steeper than it looks.
2. View from the other side.
3. It rides very well, too easy maybe - Scot checks it out. (If you feel obligated to discuss helmets, please start your own thread)
4. Looking down the ramp.
 

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Feature 2, the stone plank

This week my buddy Scot offered to help out, so we imitated Egyptians and moved a big plank about 140'. This will become a plank onto a small boulder. This rock was damn heavy and we had to use all the cunning we had.

1. After over an hour of rigging & frigging, we had it positioned on rollers on our movable rails.
2. Getting ready to roll the rails; destination is the small black dot of a rock at the top.
3. Making progress, target in sight.
4. Finally, arrival.
 

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At this point Scot had to leave, so I really had to work to out-think this chunk of stone. Fortunately, a little brain (very little, in my case) can replace a lot of muscle. A come-a-long helps, too. This actually went pretty quick, less than 2 hours and I was packing up.

1. I built a tripod.
2. Blurry photo of the load starting to move.
3. Plank in place, needs only minor fine tuning.
 

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Nothing like good 'ol Yankee ingenuity. And granite's going to last a lot longer than wood. Nice work!

Kathy :^)
 

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radair said:
This week my buddy Scot offered to help out, so we imitated Egyptians and moved a big plank about 140'. This will become a plank onto a small boulder. This rock was damn heavy and we had to use all the cunning we had.
NEVER underestimate determined cunning linguists.
 

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This reminded me

of a book I have called Moving Heavy Things; a fieldbook of powerfull ingenuity, shrewd manipulation and mechanical advantage. Whenever confronted with something heavy I think of it.
Great work. Much more elegant than moving my castiron bathtub.
 

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Stop messing with the thing and pick it up, you damn engineers are all alike. :rolleyes: Give me a shout if you need help and the weather holds.
 

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minkhiller said:
Stop messing with the thing and pick it up, you damn engineers are all alike.
Ha, I've been looking at small backhoes - could have done 4 hrs. work in about 10 minutes. My wife, however, is not so keen on the idea. I'm taking a GPS course both days next weekend, so I'll be suffering through a little withdrawal....

2006 Edit - Hmm, hydraulic power.... I ended up buying this little Kubota a few months later:
 

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Let me know, it could be a trade off for my latest e-mail and an education for me. GPS course huh....hum let me look at my trail project resourse list...boy you are on the top of a lot things on this list. ;)
 
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