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FA50 wind damage as of 12.25.06

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... I slept well that night, exhausted from my early rise and running the race. The next day, I joined 5 other people up in Tiger Mountain for some trail work. The weather up there was horrific. The winds were sustained 30mph with gusts in the 50s.Thatís scary when you are surrounded by trees. There was hail and rain. Plus, we did not just clear the trail of twigs and brush but were actually making a section of the trail more runnable. This entailed using a McLeod, which is a serious tool. Itís like a hoe but with an end piece that had an aggressive jagged edge on one side and a flat blade on the other side. We were cutting the trail closer to the slope, as the trail that was there was mostly eroded away, leaving a thin, slopy single track to run on. I had only eaten a small breakfast that morning and had planned on snacking and eating while we worked. But my gloves were covered in mud and my hands frozen. Stopping to eat would have put me into hypothermia. We plugged away. Each person was responsible for about a 15-foot section of the trail. It took hard work for each person to finish his or her section in the time of three hours. All told, with the driving to get to the trailhead, hauling heavy tools from one end of the trail to the next, doing the actual trail work, and driving back out, we ate up over 5 hours. Scott Jurek asked me if I had fun. I told him that it was probably the least fun I have had on a trail. I mean, it was as miserable conditions as possible to do trail work. But on my ride home, I thought about what I had accomplished. Scott said just imagine how much more trail we could have covered if there had been 15 volunteers. Heís right. I have done trail work before, but not to this magnitude. Usually it was just clearing the trail of little things or filling low spots. What we did was back breaking work. We had to pull roots, collect rocks, dig out ferns, and re-plant them. The trail needed to be wide enough not only to run on but also to anticipate future erosion. The slope that came down to the trail needed to be a certain angle for water run-off. There was much more to it than I realized. And I know that it is always the same people that go out there and do the trail work. So please, if you have some free time, and I know we all do because of the amount of running and racing that we do, join a trail work party in your area. Hopefully, youíll be doing it in better conditions than I had. It wonít deter me from helping again. ---Van Phan

As of 12.30.06, the FA loop is all clear.

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All clear until Brink
All clear until Brink
New poles and wires
New poles and wires
New access road
New access road
Top of High School
Top of High School
Bottom of Poo Poo
Bottom of Poo Poo
Poo Poo 2
Poo Poo 2
Poo Poo 3
Poo Poo 3
Poo Poo 4
Poo Poo 4
Poo Poo 5
Poo Poo 5
Other side of Poo Poo 5
Other side of Poo Poo 5
Poo Poo 6
Poo Poo 6
Poo Poo 7
Poo Poo 7
Other side of Poo Poo 7
Other side of Poo Poo 7
Bridge damage
Bridge damage
Poo Poo 8
Poo Poo 8
Just one on One View
Just one on One View
TMT retread 12.24.06
TMT retread 12.24.06
Making progress
Making progress
Finished retread
Finished retread
Finished retread 2
Finished retread 2
Finished retread 3
Finished retread 3
Looking back
Looking back
TMT
TMT
TMT more retread
TMT more retread
Rock reinforced
Rock reinforced
TMT even more retread
TMT even more retread
Retread near Dieter Spring
Retread near Dieter
Spring
Raging Dieter Spring
Raging Dieter Spring
TMT more retread
TMT more retread
Between Dieter Spring & Lone Rock
Between Dieter Spring
& Lone Rock
Nice drainage bar
Nice drainage bar
New creek?
New creek?
X-mas Tree survived!
X-mas Tree survived!
Tiger Mt. X-mas Tree
Tiger Mt. X-mas Tree
Bypass Trail Marked for Logging?
Bypass Trail
Marked for Logging?
Bypass Trail
Bypass Trail
Bypass Trail
Bypass Trail