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February 25, 2017

Because of a lot of rain, we had to wait almost a month before going back up to continue our rock bashing. 

We were the Motley Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2017


 
 
We arrived about 9:00 AM on the road just above Cape Of Good Hope.  We thought that we all would have to back up for 1/4 of a mile at the end of the day but we ended up figuring out how to turn around on a road that...if you screwed up...you'd be hurtling down the mountain. We started the gas Jack Hammer that we had purchased the previous Tuesday. The rock was a little harder than we had thought . About 1 1/2 gallons of gas later we had enough of the rock broken off to get by. Took us 4 hours....picks, shovels, sledge hammers and the trusty new motorized Jack Hammer.

The next rock was waiting just above horse shoe curve.

 

We will deal with it next time.  

 


 

The fearsome Mt. Lowe Volunteers - unstoppable, determined and just plain mean

 

 

 

Below, next project....on up the road a piece

 

Work Party - May 24, 2014

Paint the Pavilion at Inspiration Point

A workday involving painting the Pavilion and benches and posts. 

Long needed renovation.  We also cleaned up the area doing weeding and eliminating plant growth that had
come too close to the structures. (fire hazard)

                           

                                  

                                                    

                                      

                          

                          

 

         

 

                               

                   

                      

 

November 2, 2013
Fixing Signage & Helicopter Rescue

PROOF: This is what happens to men who work too long as volunteers....they get old and tired looking

NONETHELESS

WE HAD SOME ACTION THIS WORK PARTY

 While we were working on the Mt Lowe east trail the sheriff dept helicopter dropped off (repelled down on ropes) two paramedics near Inspiration Point.  The helicopter then set down on the old Mt Lowe Alpine Tavern  tennis courts. We were parked near there.  We drove out to inspiration point to see if we could assist.

There was a man there that they were treating. He was a hiker who apparently collapsed on the trail.  We ended up driving the paramedics and patient back to the tennis court area for their flight to Huntington Memorial.  This saved them the trouble of having to hoist the man in a liter basket and the rescue guys while the helicopter hovered overhead.

At first the man appeared to be having heart problems but I think as we neared the helicopter the paramedics thought that it might be exhaustion.

Brian

 

Patient being lead to Helicopter after exiting Brian's Van.

 

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Rock Pounding on Service Road

near Granite Gate

The road has become laden with many rocks and small boulders.  This one we worked on, August 3, 2013,
was large enough to demand immediate action as passage by vehicle was very

        

           

We used wedges to create cracks to allow splitting of the rock

 

The Wrecking Crew after about 3 hours of work

 

Bryant Bohorquez put together this video of our work day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6-TL54DaKc

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On our way back down the mountain on the way home we witnessed Water and Power fixing the lines on some of the large power poles - the most amazing thing happened when we saw one of the Copters drop down and pick up 2 workers, and fly off dragging them behind like a Disneyland ride.

 

 

 

Inspiration Point Pavilion

September 17, 2011
Repairing Roof - damaged shingles

Below - Original 1996 photo postcard  Paul Ayers and Joel McCauley

 

The Pavilion or Ramada as some cal it, periodically needs maintenance.  The portion of the roof we are attending here is the most exposed to weather and the sun's heat.  The shingles are blown away by high winds which can be over 100 mph at times here.

    

        
    
                 

Boy Scouts working on week removal            

 

         

 

 

Work Crew - December 5, 2009

At the Mt. Lowe Campground
We created another dam down the canyon anticipating a lot of
mud after the Station Fire

Photos provided by Brian Marcroft , Kevin Singleton, Robert Winters and Paul Ayers

/Driving up the Service Road to our destination....Cape of Good Hope from above

Several stops required to clear the road for passage....looking at some of the devastation

Getting tools at the Cape

The project begins near the Campground

The dam fencing after construction - Project completed

Notice that we purposely stacked large rocks at the base of the up side of the fencing so as to reinforce its strength against oncoming mud and debris

Time for chow

See our Debris Dam one week later after the rains.  It worked !!

Below, the dam we constructed the year before....still holds

Awesome views on a cold day

The area west of the Campground where the water flows through the
canyon is the location where we put the new dam

Looking south over the Phantom Sea

The Tom Sloan Saddle with Josephine Peak in the distance

The Tom Sloan Trail enters the devastation at the right center of the photo, the Mount Lowe Truck Trail can be seen faintly above it