On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Hal Graham and I, both Trailwrights, collaborated to remove two blowdowns near the first water crossing on the Mt. Kinsman Trail. The first was a Poplar Tree of which the upper forty feet had broken off the main stump about 15 feet above ground and landed vertically in the middle of the trail with the canopy tangled in the adjacent trees.
As would be expected its removal was a multistep process. Hal first probed the ground with a rock bar at the base and determined that the trunk and had sunk just over a foot into the ground. We dug around the base removing rocks and roots to open it up the hole and free the base somewhat.
The second task involved the removal of a 12-inch diameter blowdown lying diagonally across the trail hung up in the adjacent trees just above the first water crossing. A crosscut saw and an ax made short work of it.
It was a most productive and enjoyable day. Totals for the day for 2 people x 7 = 14 hours. Big thanks to Hal Graham and the use of his winch and crosscut to clear up these obstructions. – Bruce