Transporting Boardwalks

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Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Ingo » Thu May 18, 2017 9:11 am

Occasionally there's a question about building/maintaining boardwalks and moving the lumber. Here's a pic from the NPS site, on Siskiwit Lake. The pic is on the "Work With Us" page--that looks more appealing than carrying them down the trail :) (which of course they'll have to do too).
ISRO_Web_Ishpeming_Trail_Repair_Project_Canoe_Crew_Boards_Lake_Crossing_640x480.jpg
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Post by jrwiesz » Thu May 18, 2017 2:57 pm

Nice human powered tri-hull pontoon. 8)
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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Tom » Fri May 19, 2017 5:28 am

A couple years ago, when hiking down the Ishpeming and you get to the river crossing and the bend to the east (as it rounds the lake) we came across a trail crew working hard to restore the planks. Then another half mile or so up the trail, we came across a huge cache of planks and bases, and somewhat of a footpath that lead down to the water's edge. We surmised they must use a boat in some way to paddle them over from Malone Bay CG, and this explains it. Thanks for posting!

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Post by fonixmunkee » Fri May 19, 2017 6:55 am

This is incredible. Thank you for sharing this pic.
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Post by DonNewcomb » Fri May 19, 2017 8:20 am

I can visualize those canoes folding up in the middle, like a leaf. I guess they're heavy-duty canoes.

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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Ingo » Fri May 19, 2017 9:33 am

DonNewcomb wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 8:20 am
I can visualize those canoes folding up in the middle, like a leaf. I guess they're heavy-duty canoes.
They look like the 80-90 lb aluminum canoes I grew up with. And water does a remarkable job of distributing the weight.

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Post by hooky » Fri May 19, 2017 2:09 pm

A few years ago, I stumbled across this picture of a park employee on boardwalk duty. Doesn't look like it would be much fun compared to the canoe duty.
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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Midwest Ed » Fri May 19, 2017 5:11 pm

Is there any talk this year of continued helicopter lifts similar to those that were done last year?
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Post by Chorizo » Fri May 19, 2017 5:51 pm

Midwest Ed wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:11 pm
Is there any talk this year of continued helicopter lifts similar to those that were done last year?
What, exactly, were they doing (lifting) with the helicopters?


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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Tortuga » Fri May 19, 2017 8:40 pm

Chorizo wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:51 pm
What, exactly, were they doing (lifting) with the helicopters?
https://www.nps.gov/isro/learn/news/hel ... royale.htm


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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Chorizo » Fri May 19, 2017 8:52 pm

Very cool Tortuga, thanks for that.


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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Basbh1 » Tue May 30, 2017 8:30 pm

I have a lot of respect for the trail crew having done work like that when I was young. I would take board walk building duty over erosion control duty that grub axe work is back breaking. I met one of the trail crew guys on the island and I had to shake his hand and thank him for the work that they do . It would be nice if every one did that. Thanks Ingo for starting the topic.


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Re: Transporting Boardwalks

Post by Chorizo » Tue May 30, 2017 8:45 pm

We just returned from our trip. We found a couple of these plank drops while we were out there. I suspect they dropped enough for a few years worth of trail work.

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