Sorry, took a while to get things nailed down... This is what I got last night from Lloyd at T4T:
I will put out a comprehensive list of what is planned to be done, likely tomorrow. For now, here are the logistics of getting there and the end of the day.
It looks like we have 10 vehicles for this task assuming the CJA, RMLCA and T4T members all show. We may have some extra individual volunteers as well. More people means faster and less work for all, so if you know more people that are interested, please let me know.
The plan as it stands is to meet in the parking lot of Ricky’s in Crowfoot at 8am. The RMLCA guys like to grab a hearty breakfast before we go, so we meet at 7am with the plan to depart at 8am. We will then head out to the trail. I like that plan so I am inviting anyone who wants to join us. The plan is for anyone else to meet us at trail marker 120, which is the information sign on the road to Margaret Lake off the main road past the airstrip.
I know some people will have their radios. I do not have my license yet, so I will have my FRS radio as well as 3 spares to distribute. If RMLCA or CJA regularly run a specific frequency, please let me know and we will communicate it out to everyone so we are all on the same channels.
There are currently two major risks, beyond the obvious of working on a trail with hand tools, wild animals, bikes, side by sides and trucks present.
1) Forest fires. They seem to be springing up everywhere, develop and spread fast. Everyone is encouraged to keep a wary eye for fires. Communicate quickly to the group so everyone can get out. The cooler weather may help, but it is still dry in the backcountry.
2) Rain. As counterintuitive as it seems, the current weather report calls for some light rain Thursday and Friday. If it is a downpour, or is raining Saturday, we will re-evaluate whether this is the day for us. Wheeling may be fun, but when we have a place to be and work to do, I’d rather not increase the risks as that’s when we break stuff and get into trouble.
I look forward to seeing everyone out there. I was hoping to have my act together for door prizes and stuff, but you will have to put up with whatever hotdogs and hamburgers I happen to cobble together for the weekend. I am planning on camping at the end of the trail by Margaret Lake on Saturday. If we have stuff to do after Saturday, maybe we will try it on Sunday on the drive out. I am hopeful we will get everything we need to do done on Saturday.
As a reminder, if you have high visibility clothing, please wear it and bring spares if you can. We will be putting signs on the trail to warn people and placing vehicles in sight lines but being visible is never a bad plan, particularly in the back country and aren’t hunting. If you have safety glasses, we recommend them as dirt will be flying, particularly if we are using axes or picks. We will use a buddy system at minimum so no-one wheels alone.
I look forward to meeting the people I haven’t met yet, and wheeling and working with the rest of you! Thanks for helping out.