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Ray
2011-11-14, 21:12
Brite and early Sunday morning I was climbing Blood Mtn up the Slaughter Creek trail which despite the names is really a pretty, peaceful walk. I stopped to read some recently posted trail signs. (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FVjkanRWJTY/TsGxDNSH6cI/AAAAAAAAAkM/FvPi_a4kgCI/s1600/1-caution.JPG)

A mule train has spent the last week hauling building supplies (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ia6SyfYS8o/TsGxCutXn8I/AAAAAAAAAkA/CWg8nxh6D8k/s1600/2-shelter.JPG)up to the Blood Mtn Shelter and carrying debris back down. Carpenters have been at work stripping two layers of roofing off the shelter, clearing out decades worth of mouse and rat nests between those layers, ripping out all the wood framing and rafters (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-md112RDLPdM/TsGxB8rNkPI/AAAAAAAAAj0/C7JATZOuolE/s1600/3-inside%2Bshelter.JPG) then reusing what they could and sending the rest out on the train.

My minuscule part in this project was to guard the trail (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O-HFccKwhxc/TsGxBnyLgcI/AAAAAAAAAjk/ok34-U3qpe8/s1600/4-trail%2Bguard.JPG)from where the mule trail intersected the AT and keep hikers off the AT while the train was making a delivery. The intersection was just a few hundred yards south of the shelter.

But trains never seem to run on time. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F30pXABJmOE/TsGxBXtHD5I/AAAAAAAAAjc/G330r04aksQ/s1600/5-where%2Bare%2Bthey.JPG) Where are they?!

I was totally prepared. Nobody could get past my blockade! (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t62diOzTOQ8/TsGwrqwGNrI/AAAAAAAAAjM/GRH-REeXF38/s1600/6-trail%2Bblock.JPG)

Here they are! (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6tlwcJoxO9g/TsGwrQfo_QI/AAAAAAAAAi8/4JfaPj__1kM/s1600/7-arrival1.JPG)

The train consisted of a couple pack horses, a lot of pack mules and 4 wranglers to guide the train. Each of the pack animals could carry about 200 pounds. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m2wlYFIRqFo/TsGwqXeYKgI/AAAAAAAAAi0/wY7NQjGpXSM/s1600/8-arrival2.JPG) So each train delivered about 1000 pounds each trip, the train made three trips a day, delivering about a ton and a half of supplies and carrying the same back down each day.


A crew at the shelter had bundles of construction debris ready to be loaded so the train could be turned around quickly. They carried out old rafters (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3iMBA-8Vo6A/TsGwp-oCXfI/AAAAAAAAAik/8_ZY3Ew32TI/s1600/9-leaving1.JPG) as well as shingles and wood framing. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JfOYrDp19WY/TsGwpikjG2I/AAAAAAAAAiY/1oBi0jFFXiM/s1600/10-leaving2.JPG)

After the train had passed through my area and back down the mountain I'd release the hikers then walk with them up to the the shelter area and help stash supplies, bundle up more debris, carefully remove nails from the wood scraps that had to be tied onto the horsies, break up old concrete to throw down a ravine, sweep a magnet around the site to collect old nails, and generally get ready for the next delivery.

I started up the mountain right before sunrise and got back down just a few minutes after sunset. It was really a fun day.

Big Mac
2011-11-14, 21:17
Sounds like a good time Ray. A hell of lot better than my weekend. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Nearly Normal
2011-11-14, 21:19
Brite and early Sunday morning I was climbing Blood Mtn up the Slaughter Creek trail which despite the names is really a pretty, peaceful walk. I stopped to read some recently posted trail signs. (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FVjkanRWJTY/TsGxDNSH6cI/AAAAAAAAAkM/FvPi_a4kgCI/s1600/1-caution.JPG)

A mule train has spent the last week hauling building supplies (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ia6SyfYS8o/TsGxCutXn8I/AAAAAAAAAkA/CWg8nxh6D8k/s1600/2-shelter.JPG)up to the Blood Mtn Shelter and carrying debris back down. Carpenters have been at work stripping two layers of roofing off the shelter, clearing out decades worth of mouse and rat nests between those layers, ripping out all the wood framing and rafters (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-md112RDLPdM/TsGxB8rNkPI/AAAAAAAAAj0/C7JATZOuolE/s1600/3-inside%2Bshelter.JPG) then reusing what they could and sending the rest out on the train.

My minuscule part in this project was to guard the trail (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O-HFccKwhxc/TsGxBnyLgcI/AAAAAAAAAjk/ok34-U3qpe8/s1600/4-trail%2Bguard.JPG)from where the mule trail intersected the AT and keep hikers off the AT while the train was making a delivery. The intersection was just a few hundred yards south of the shelter.

But trains never seem to run on time. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F30pXABJmOE/TsGxBXtHD5I/AAAAAAAAAjc/G330r04aksQ/s1600/5-where%2Bare%2Bthey.JPG) Where are they?!

I was totally prepared. Nobody could get past my blockade! (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t62diOzTOQ8/TsGwrqwGNrI/AAAAAAAAAjM/GRH-REeXF38/s1600/6-trail%2Bblock.JPG)

Here they are! (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6tlwcJoxO9g/TsGwrQfo_QI/AAAAAAAAAi8/4JfaPj__1kM/s1600/7-arrival1.JPG)

The train consisted of a couple pack horses, a lot of pack mules and 4 wranglers to guide the train. Each of the pack animals could carry about 200 pounds. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m2wlYFIRqFo/TsGwqXeYKgI/AAAAAAAAAi0/wY7NQjGpXSM/s1600/8-arrival2.JPG) So each train delivered about 1000 pounds each trip, the train made three trips a day, delivering about a ton and a half of supplies and carrying the same back down each day.


A crew at the shelter had bundles of construction debris ready to be loaded so the train could be turned around quickly. They carried out old rafters (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3iMBA-8Vo6A/TsGwp-oCXfI/AAAAAAAAAik/8_ZY3Ew32TI/s1600/9-leaving1.JPG) as well as shingles and wood framing. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JfOYrDp19WY/TsGwpikjG2I/AAAAAAAAAiY/1oBi0jFFXiM/s1600/10-leaving2.JPG)

After the train had passed through my area and back down the mountain I'd release the hikers then walk with them up to the the shelter area and help stash supplies, bundle up more debris, carefully remove nails from the wood scraps that had to be tied onto the horsies, break up old concrete to throw down a ravine, sweep a magnet around the site to collect old nails, and generally get ready for the next delivery.

I started up the mountain right before sunrise and got back down just a few minutes after sunset. It was really a fun day.

Why didn't they build a fire?

Kanga
2011-11-14, 21:26
that is badass, ray! what a fun day! thanks for sharing.

Ray
2011-11-14, 21:29
Why didn't they build a fire?No open fire area. Has been for years. The Forest Service gave gatc a few concessions for the project but that wasn't one.

Hog On Ice
2011-11-14, 21:40
where was your western style hard hat? It would have been appropriate with the horses I would think.

Ray
2011-11-14, 21:48
where was your western style hard hat? It would have been appropriate with the horses I would think.It would have and I was really thinking about it, I even brought it with me and had it in the van and everything. But the orange one fit in my pack easier.

Roche
2011-11-14, 21:50
It was a pleasure reading that and discovering another use for trekking poles.

generoll
2011-11-14, 22:53
so what did they do with the old wood?

SGT Rock
2011-11-14, 23:03
Burn it for heat.

Crikey
2011-11-14, 23:18
Helluva cool job site.

Skidsteer
2011-11-14, 23:19
so what did they do with the old wood?


Burn it for heat.

They can't.

The skunk smell would knock a buzzard off a gut truck.

Lugnut
2011-11-14, 23:20
so what did they do with the old wood?

That a more appropriate question for Superman. :ahhhhh:

Skidsteer
2011-11-14, 23:22
That a more appropriate question for Superman. :ahhhhh:

Actually, I think that's a more appropriate question for Daisy.

Bearpaw
2011-11-14, 23:23
Now that is an awesome trip report!

Lugnut
2011-11-14, 23:23
I agree.

SGT Rock
2011-11-14, 23:53
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6tlwcJoxO9g/TsGwrQfo_QI/AAAAAAAAAi8/4JfaPj__1kM/s1600/7-arrival1.JPG

Is that M.Smitty?

Ray
2011-11-15, 08:07
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6tlwcJoxO9g/TsGwrQfo_QI/AAAAAAAAAi8/4JfaPj__1kM/s1600/7-arrival1.JPG

Is that M.Smitty?No.

One's a dumb overloaded pack animal mindlessly travelling up and down mountains.

The other's just a horse.

Ray
2011-11-15, 08:50
so what did they do with the old wood?
There's a dumpster in Winfield Scott to haul out the construction debris. It's located at the end of Slaughter Creek Road.

Quite a few hand hewn chestnut rafters are in that dumpster. The sill in the front room had rotted and so had most of the rafters where they contacted the sill. Can't stretch them so they were removed, trimmed to fit on a horse and that's shown in one of the photos.

The door and window framing was also chestnut but not in such good shape.

But there's tons, literally, of rotted roof material in there too.

SGT Rock
2011-11-15, 10:13
No.

One's a dumb overloaded pack animal mindlessly travelling up and down mountains.

The other's just a horse.

Good one.

generoll
2011-11-15, 11:32
chestnut rafters huh. might be worth a drive

Ray
2011-11-17, 08:49
And now...

Presenting Blood Mountain Shelter Rehabilitation: The Musical! (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150344521751933)

Elder
2011-11-17, 10:58
Nicely done! I had to share this.

JERMM
2011-11-17, 11:18
very nice

SGT Rock
2011-11-17, 13:26
And now...

Presenting Blood Mountain Shelter Rehabilitation: The Musical! (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150344521751933)Better than "Deliverance the Musical".

Nearly Normal
2011-11-17, 22:01
Hard hats?

Ray
2011-11-17, 22:38
Hard hats?Forest Service thing. Long story.

Hog On Ice
2011-11-17, 22:44
they go with the 8 inch leather boots

Spogatz
2011-11-17, 23:57
Makes me want to go up there tomorrow and see the magic!!!!

Ray
2011-11-18, 07:02
they go with the 8 inch leather bootsRemember, it's the same folks that made us put a privy atop Blood Mtn with a wheelchair ramp.

Hog On Ice
2011-11-18, 07:57
actually I kinda like the privys with a ramp instead of steps - less likely to trip when making the mad dash

Mother Nature
2011-11-20, 08:06
And now...

Presenting Blood Mountain Shelter Rehabilitation: The Musical! (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150344521751933)

Very nice! Was up there yesterday with a million other people.... including a boy scout troop with 40 scouts and 10 chaperoons. Geez!

ed bell
2011-11-20, 12:24
I liked that one of the mules was named "Possum"....

Ray
2011-11-20, 13:20
I liked that one of the mules was named "Possum"....Possum was the trouble maker.

A youngster on her first work trip, she was still in training. She kicked a wrangler, the only incident like that. The wrangler and her had a discussion and it didn't happen again. But notice on the video how the guys in hard hats (GATC volunteers) are never directly behind the mules, only the wranglers ventured there? Not an accident.

One day on the team's second trip up the mountains she figured out that the team was making three trips a day. So she laid down outside the shelter and kinda said "You guys go on, I'll just meet you up here and join you down on the next trip." A wrangler held a counseling session with her where they arrived at a mutually agreeable performance improvement plan.

Another day on the way down the mountain she bucked off her load twice. It was so much easier to walk without it. She was called into the office for more counseling sessions about job performance expectations.

On yet another day she figured that the laying down trick didn't work but they didn't say anything about wrapping her guide rope around a tree at the turn around point and pulling back. So right now on the little oak tree immediately outside the shelter you can see halter scrapes and some hair tufts in the bark where she learned that little mules shouldn't pull back against pack horses.

They always gave her lighter loads and by the end of the project she got the idea and was a real trooper.

sheepdog
2011-11-20, 17:51
Keep on fighting the good fight Possum!!:beer::beer:

Skidsteer
2011-11-20, 21:18
Possum sounds like Hobo material.

Big Mac
2011-11-20, 21:56
Possum sounds like Hobo material.

Just what we need - one more ass. Ummm - pretty green color Skids.

Ray
2011-11-20, 21:56
Possum sounds like Hobo material.She would raise the median IQ.

Elder
2011-11-21, 00:39
She would raise the median IQ.

not to mention the personal hygiene standards..:angel::angel::angel:

SGT Rock
2011-11-21, 13:37
And she looks better too.