5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

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5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by -Spike- » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:51 pm

The weather gave us a scare, but it's cooperating and everything looks good!

We've heard that the Asbestos Point trail (FR489) has some issues, so we're gonna run the trail and fix what we can. This is a fantastic trail, can be challenging, lift and oversize tires are highly recommended even when it doesn't have issues.

Meeting Time and Place:
9AM at the Fry's Fuel Center in Globe, 2115 W Highway 60, #200, Miami, AZ 85539


Lunch will be provided for folks who let us know they're coming at least 24 hours before the event start time. Either register on the TRAL Event Calendar or reply to this thread. Please let us know if you plan on bringing guests. Look for the option to add a note if you register on the calendar.

Keep an eye on this thread for the latest updates.
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Re: SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by axel road » Fri May 03, 2019 12:57 pm

Yay - TRAL is back :-) Possibly in on this run, still having transmission issues so I have to check with my driver :mrgreen:
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Re: THIS SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by -Spike- » Tue May 07, 2019 11:26 pm

Due to rain in the forecast, the location for this run may change, check back here for updates.
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Re: THIS SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by -Spike- » Thu May 09, 2019 6:26 am

The weather gave us a scare, but it's cooperating and everything looks good!
-Ben

Contact Richard Lillard at adat@tralaz.org for information about TRAL's Adopt a Trail (ADAT) program.
Contact me via PM or tral.bene@gmail.com if you are interested in receiving training to inspect the trails in Tonto National Forest, offered through the ADAT program.

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Re: THIS SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by RichardLillard1 » Sat May 11, 2019 8:59 pm

With the wet winter and SNOWPOCALYPSE in January we had our concerns that an area so ravaged by fire and flash flooding would be completely trashed, requiring several future trips to address multiple problems before we could even reach the top of Asbestos Point again to take in the incredible views and explore the mine.

We were pleasantly surprised.

With four and a half trucks; two Jeeps, two Land Cruisers and a side by side (it’s just so tiny compared to the full size ones, especially the behemoth Toyotas), I was downright shocked at how quickly we reached the top. My GPS says we got going just after 10am. This picture is time stamped 11:13am.
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Indeed, we were moving pretty smartly!

Rather than settle for an early lunch, we decided to first go check out the mine. I’ve been up to the top about four times now and somehow never wandered over to the top of the Angel’s Wings.
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The views never disappoint and when driving the shelf out to the mines, one gets a sense of scale. The tailings pile doesn’t look that big from the 288, but the immensity becomes apparent from right at the top of it, for sure. So much so that it almost doesn’t look like the same place.
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Re: THIS SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by RichardLillard1 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:01 pm

For those of you who have never been or don’t know where we are in those pictures, these horrible windshield pictures should help.
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The blue circle is the tailings pile, dubbed the “Angel’s Wings” and the green circle is the usual lunch spot. More on lunch in a minute.

Meanwhile, back to those views.
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Re: THIS SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by RichardLillard1 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:09 pm

We parked and made our way into the mines. Unfortunately I didn’t think to take any pictures of the Asbestos itself, easily identifiable as long fibers, which as I understand it is less harmful than other types. I was too busy with the labyrinth of tunnels and joking around with Marco over the things we saw inside.
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The picture makes the puddle under those boards look rather unassuming, but shining a light into and not being able to see the bottom told a different story. Jokes about Indiana Jones were had.
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No, it isn’t Sasquatch but if I’m there, who’s taking the picture? :hillbilly:
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Maybe Sasquatch ventures into Globe once in a while to treat himself?
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Re: THIS SAT 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by RichardLillard1 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:28 pm

After spending some time wandering around, losing Carl in the mine, finding Carl (okay, all things fair, we didn’t look too hard and he just sort of turned up), then rounding the the troops up, it was time to head to the usual pine shade for some food.

Alright, cue the lunch whistle!

In our efforts to provide new and interesting things (read: chicken salad), we veered away from the usual TRAL standard lunch of sausages a while back, which Rich always dutifully supplied. Truth be told, I’m too lazy to bring a grill and I don’t have the patience to listen to it rattle around in the truck all day.

Enter the HotLogic™! Rich found these cool little portable cookers on Amazon, which Ben and I shamelessly pilfered so we could enjoy things like pulled pork with bbq sauce and whatever else we could concoct. Because variety is the spice of life, and because fortune favors the bold, today was certainly no different. After a brief experiment with cooking some sausages in the HotLogic™ during our Four Peaks run the the other day, the sausages made a jubilant return...but with a twist.

Buns, Italian chicken sausage, marinara, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses provided the famished masses with a do-it-yourself-because-I’m-not-your-personal-chef Italian-sausage sandwich. Try it with Cholula hot sauce. Seriously. We have packets of the stuff and it really makes them pop. There’s also a hot sauce bar. We’ve come a long ways.

Lunch was well received, we bantered and enjoyed our meal as we watched the weather develop.
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Re: 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by RichardLillard1 » Sat May 11, 2019 9:39 pm

With the clouds in the distance growing, we decided it was time to head back down and take a quick couple minutes at a narrow spot we’ve repaired before, to make things a little less ‘eek’.

This is a previous repair spot and it’s likely to require more attention in the future as well. A ~7’ hole and narrow tread way with off camber means the jackhammer made an appearance as we brought down the high side a little.
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It was about this time a side by side and a quad pulled up behind us, a pair whom had gone unnoticed before we headed back down. Indeed, we thought we were alone up there and given the circumscribed width, they would not be able to pass us while we worked. I wandered back to them to apologize for the inconvenience, explained a little bit about who we were and what we were doing. The two gentlemen were from Tucson and planning to head over to Workman after exploring Asbestos Point, were understanding of our needs and the work we were doing, then jumped right in to help.
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Left them with a couple pamphlets, thanked them for their assistance and let them pass us, one at a time, as we got to wide sections of the trail once we were moving again. Unfortunately no pics of the completed repair, maybe Ben got some and can post, if not I’ll have to fish them out of Collector.

Bound for an early end time, we decided to stop and check out the waterfall. As the others played around, I wandered over to get pics of the abandoned truck in the wash.

Meanwhile, the storm was not wanting to wait much longer so these last couple pics were before we made a quick exit, aired up, then enjoyed a heavy rainfall for a free car wash on the way back into town.
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Re: 5-11-19 Repair run- Asbestos Point

Post by Owenb_ » Mon May 13, 2019 12:49 pm

Nice work guys! I might lead a club run up there in the next month or so. Is it still doable in a lightly modified vehicle with some kind of traction control?

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