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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted November 19, 2013 - 08:58 PM

First a bit of background.

When we bought this property(100 acres) in 2005, I promised my self I'd build a trail

up onto a large rock outcrop in the center of the property. The outcrop varies in height

on the sides, but is generally flat on top. It's about the size of a football field.

 

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We call it "Big Rock Candy Mountain".

Here is the view to the south.

 

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This is the only place that allowed access.

 

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Last week I was back there gathering some deadfall firewood. The conditions

where right, so I went back the next day and started building the GT bridge.

First I cleared an approach, and then went and found a couple of straight

maples. About 14" at the butt, and 40' long.

 

I dragged the first one to location, and then using a cable and a couple of

snatch blocks, pulled it up and into location.

 

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Then the second beam.

 

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Then I found some dirt, and did a bit of ground work at the base.

 

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That was day 1. Yesterday morning I milled up the decking until it got too

windy, so I got out of the bush. This morning I moved the deck materials to

site, and shored up the beams a bit. They had a bit of bounce to them.

I also had to trim the topside of the beams a bit, using an Adze.

 

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It didn't take long from there to slap the deck down.

 

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Victory :dancingbanana: I got to the top.

 

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Of course, I had to go get a GT and try it. As you can see, I've got to build

some sort of an off ramp yet. Any ideas?

 

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I've got some pick/axe/shovel work to do up top. I'm looking forward to

cruising the GTs around up there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:03 PM

Cool, nice job.


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:05 PM

that is a great view

that bridge should last for many years


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:06 PM

Will, that turned out fantastic and looks like a lot of fun.

 

for the ramp, do you have some flat rocks you could use.  obviously nothing unstable, but maybe some good mortar mix and some flatish rocks would work?


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:12 PM

Looks mighty fine Will. Your ambition always impresses me lol.
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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:15 PM

Will, I could sure use a guy like you here on the farm.  I like how you find solutions to most anything!   :thumbs:


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:16 PM

You've been busy looks great, maybe 1 day ET2 can climb up the ramp for a Photo shoot with all your Massey's together.

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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:21 PM

Hey Will, that didn't look like a GT at the top!  :poke:  

 

Looks like a nice bridge and I think you will have a lot of fun with it.  On the top may be a good area for a picnic area with a fire place.


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:22 PM

Fantastic, Will! Like mentioned, use cement and rocks at the bottom. It will end up eroding if you don't.  At the top, use a few buckets of small rock. Rough, jagged stuff preferably so it locks together somewhat. You could use wood again, but make sure it gets lots of air, it could be a moisture trap.

 

Mulch would work, also. Not sure if you have any sticks, mulch, and bark laying around....... :rolling:

 

What size is that wheeler? They make a 2wd/4wd conversion for that, ya know.......


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:25 PM

You've been busy looks great, maybe 1 day ET2 can climb up the ramp for a Photo shoot with all your Massey's together.

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Yes, bring ET up here. Do it soon. Before winter gets here. We'll do a nice trail ride.


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:28 PM

Well done!  :thumbs:

 

 

 

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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:32 PM

Yes, bring ET up here. Do it soon. Before winter gets here. We'll do a nice trail ride.

 

Oh yes, I can imagine that would be a huge pucker factor going up that bridge all snowy & icy!  EekSmiley.png


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:37 PM

Hey Will, that didn't look like a GT at the top!  :poke:  

 

Looks like a nice bridge and I think you will have a lot of fun with it.  On the top may be a good area for a picnic area with a fire place.

 

Absolutely, I'll be building something up there. I plan on harvesting some logs this winter for that.

 

 

Fantastic, Will! Like mentioned, use cement and rocks at the bottom. It will end up eroding if you don't. 

 

The butts of the beams are against a rock shelf, and I'm going to cap off the fill with "A" gravel. That

should hold up.

 

At the top, use a few buckets of small rock. Rough, jagged stuff preferably so it locks together somewhat.

 

Yep, that's it. I can cart up some Type 2 gravel in recycle bins. I won't take Kubota up the bridge.

I'll contain it from getting pushed under the bridge by putting a 2 x 6 treated board across the ends

of the beams. That should work, right?

 

You could use wood again, but make sure it gets lots of air, it could be a moisture trap.

 

Mulch would work, also. Not sure if you have any sticks, mulch, and bark laying around....... :rolling:

 

What size is that wheeler? They make a 2wd/4wd conversion for that, ya know.......400 Foreman.


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:40 PM

Wow, that is a great bridge. You have some beautiful property there. Keep us posted. Thanks. Roger.


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Posted November 19, 2013 - 09:44 PM

Yep, beaming the end and using gravel should do the trick. Use fabric underneath it, it will be less likely to erode that way.


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