Thursday, April 18, 2013

Grampians National Park Trail Project - Part One




I received an email last week from my good friend Gavin Rose documenting a recent dry stone trail project he has just completed.  This is part one of his fascinating account of how he and his crew moved and shaped the large stones for the job.


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"I have been working with a small crew in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia for just under a year, repairing trails by building retaining walls, stairs, culverts and other dry stone structures. Our most recent project took place on a remote ridge near Mt. Rosea, where a new trail had been built that followed the ridge line - with a 200 foot escarpment  on one side and a 15 foot drop-off on the other. 



At one point the ridge between these two features became quite narrow, forcing walkers to pass dangerously close to the escarpment, and it was decided to construct a stairway down the other side of the ridge in order to avoid this hazard. 




As there were very few suitable small rocks in the immediate area to build with, we decided to use the numerous large boulders available by dislodging them



and then drilling them 


 and splitting them, using feathers and wedges, in order to create usable pieces. "





5 comments:

  1. I am always amazed at what Gavin can do in remote areas with what he can carry on his back. Brilliant work! js

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  2. Wow Gavin does these amazing things when I am still trying to do everything by hand. I have not really joined the big world. Maybe one day.
    I would be scared to do what you do Gavin.
    Norman

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  3. Cheers JS and Norman, yes you certainly have to be very careful when doing this kind of thing. Gavin.

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  4. bold, resourceful and skilled work. good on you Gavin and your team.

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