Me, Pat, Nate and Craig met up and went back up yesterday, Friday the 20th, with the crew to get some more done. It was HOT but we got a bunch done! We walked the crew back through all of T-back because they wanted to get more familiar with it and what our vehicles are capable of.
hard hats---that post pounder isnt light either! --Oh, there are ALOT of rocks in that area so it doesnt always pound in on the first or even fifth try!
Pats buggy worked great for hauling all of the gear through the trail.
The Forest Service had us trim some branches so the plaques can be seen.
We are trying three different ways to mount the numbered plaques--carsonites, trees and straight to some larger rocks. They say there is a learning curve on what seems to work best and "stay around". It will be a yearly thing to replace certain pieces but they are hoping the best.
In talking with the Forest Service we really need to get with locals and especially other clubs to make sure we are all on the same page with the proper routes and regulations needed to run these trails. They see that a rating system is a very important tool and hope the locals can help educate others.
PLEASE---If ANYONE doesnt know those trails well, please get with me or post up and ask questions and hopefully we can show others the routes and help explain why a rig needs certain things to attempt them. One of the worst areas is at the beginning of T-BACK--(plus about every other obstacle on Bikini and T-back) there were tracks going up every possible bypass area--this was a bad wake up call for us as we were leading the crew through the trail. They helped us drag branches and other things to block off those plus put in many carsonites to stop this activity. There will be some fencing that is needed to help this. (within one week we already had a carsonite pulled out right below the "hallway"--now there is three! They and we are hoping that after those routes recover and the trail markings are complete we can take out some of those. These trails are rated in such a way where you should have a winch and recovery points---if you can not make an obstacle you should winch up, get tugged or turn back.