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.
We call it "Big Rock Candy Mountain".
Here is the view to the south.
This is the only place that allowed access.
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.
Then the second beam.
Then I found some dirt, and did a bit of ground work at the base.
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.
It didn't take long from there to slap the deck down.
Victory I got to the top.
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?
I've got some pick/axe/shovel work to do up top. I'm looking forward to
cruising the GTs around up there.