Tuesday 9 January 2018
Uncertainty about the weather made the decision to go ahead with the work difficult. If made according to the forecast then it would have been cancelled, especially given that the work was in an alpine environment. However, there have been several occasions where the day turned out nicer than expected, so a decision was left until the morning of the event. It was a bright sunny morning and any showers at least a couple of hours off. In fact, it was only just before getting back to the cars that a few light spots started.
The first half of the Thark Ridge track between Big Bend and the Thark saddle was given a trim and some known damp spots hardened with rock. The initial sections were cleared in 2012 and this was the first follow up. The other task was to replace track markers that had been broken by someone for a reason only known to themselves, but to us it seemed plain destructive vandalism.
|Large rock placed in a known wet spot on the track
|John pruning the yellowbush
Devils Throne Reroute
Tuesday 20 June 2017
We had the day reserved for another task, but it got done the previous week, which left a free day to do a bit of refinement to the Devils Throne reroute. On the way both there and back we walked on the proposed route from Thark Ridge to the reroute start that avoids the unpleasant boulder field on the existing track. The three of us concurred that is what a much better option. It took about 30 minutes, but if it was made into a track the time would be not be dissimilar to the existing track. More information on the proposed route is online.
Some additional trimming of low scrub was done and a considerable amount of rock work, both manoeuvring rocks to make passage easier and adding some to the softer bits of the new track. One short scree remains to be done and a short wet area where water drains off the moorland.
|Close view of the rock work performed by Greg
Tuesday 6 January 2015
Although we have done quite a number of track work sessions with PWS this is probably the first time that our normal working bee has been used for that purpose. One of our biggest turnouts resulted, so track work was not an unpopular change.
Three PWS staff worked with us in clearing the 90 metres of new track to bypass a boggy section. In addition the old track still to be used was trimmed. A few short sections had some rock hardening and where it went over some rocky spots some work was done to make crossing easier .
Poles were installed to mark the track and also some in other locations where confusion could arise. Pointing markers will be added shortly.
A very satisfying days work and the new track looks good.
Site A – Before and after the work of the track reroute at Thark Ridge
Site B – Before and after the work of the track reroute at Thark Ridge
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14 January 2014
Four activities were carried out on this warm day. Overgrowing vegetation was trimmed both before and after the second stage reroute section, rocks were used to harden a wet area immediately west of the same section, markers were placed on the remaining unmarked poles leading to the Thark saddle and an investigation was done to see if it was viable to reroute the track at the final wet area.
It was found, as suspected, that a reroute would cross hard ground. The work would be relatively easy, with several parts going over already fairly clear terrain. The suggested reroute is 80 metres long. It cuts out a 60 metre boggy section and the join is 40 metres up track from the existing bend. In fact the rerouted track would be 40 metres shorter than the existing one.
The section for reroute is quite wet and boggy for extended parts of the year, although at the date checked it was about as good as it gets.
More vegetation clearing is needed and one small section has a furrow that will need rocks to assist in halting the decline of the track.
Adrian and Greg at the section of track that was cleared.
Greg at the section that was hardened
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10 September 2013
The two ends of the reroute were cut and poles with markers installed. Slash cut from the new track was placed over the old track, so walkers will now be directed on to the new section. It runs for 370 metres and avoids a very boggy section of track.
Some rock work was done to harden a few sections of the reroute and also rock was placed in the existing track where it joins to the southern new southern section.
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Thursday 12 April 2012
The final 160 metres of track reroute was completed, so it now runs from the road through to where the old track is reasonable hard. The wet area is now avoided and three signs have been placed near the start of pads indicating closure for rehabilitation. A new sign has been placed just in from the track start indicating a track through to Mount Montagu. A warning sign has also ben installed to advise caution due to unpredictable weather changes. Also in some poles and markers were put in on the early part of the track.
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