Craig sent out a call for help to finish off the work on the Madhatters section of the Rubicon for Labor Day weekend to finish up the work that he & Stephanie, Scott Caster and Bill McDaid started back at the end of June.
George and I took Craig & Carol up on their kind offer to come up to their place the nite before and get an early start. George arrived mid-afternoon and I rolled in towing my trailer early evening. Taking a wrong turn up their driveway, I managed to scrub a few thousand miles of useable life off my new truck tires getting up the steep side :-(. I’m pretty sure Carol got pictures to document it.
After leaving a hundred plus feet of skid marks, I parked and we headed out for dinner, meeting up with Dale at a local joint. After a good dinner, we crashed for the nite and planned for an early start. We were supposed to meet up with Dale in the morning on the way to the trailhead, but Dale discovered early in the morning that his cabin in Pollock Pines got busted into and trashed, so he had to deal with that and wasn’t able to join us for the day on the trail.
We made our way up to the trailhead, meeting up with Tom, guest Josh Ebel, Mike Cline and Cort at Airport Flats around 10am and proceeded down to the Wentworth Springs campground to air down. We got to the start of our adopt-a-trail section is short order and Craig walked us thru the work to be done on the ‘rock energy dissipaters’ (RED) which involved clearing out accumulated silt and debris and carrying it off the trail. With the group of eight of us, we managed to finish the task in about an hour and a half or so.
From there, it was time to enjoy the Rubicon and loop around to Loon Lake and the Cantina for the Con, which was going on that weekend. We got up to Devil’s Postpile and it was a decent challenge. After I went up thru it, I realized George was getting hung up behind me, so we all got out and worked to get him unstuck, but not wanting to push it further, we got him backed out and up and around the bypass. Tom and Craig went up thru the Postpile, with George, Cort and Josh heading up around the bypass. From there we wandered down to the intersection near Ellis Creek and took the trail back towards Loon.
Somewhere in the next ¼ mile or so, Tom was chirping on the radio to Craig about Jeeps being recovery vehicles for Bronco’s. Shortly after tempting fate, Tom broke down – having broken his rear track bar mount. Craig got the last laugh on this one and graciously passed along the Boner to Tom. Karma is a cruel mistress
We jacked up Tom’s Jeep, and were able to re-connect the track bar without the now mangled bracket so he could make it out to Loon with breaking out the welder. The last mile from there was uneventful and we pulled into Loon just in time for the raffle to start. I don’t think any of us won much of note, but that’s not really the point – it’s a great event to contribute and give back to support the Rubicon trail for generations to come. Many thanks to everyone who was able to help out and keep the AAT effort going.