I hike an out of the way forest service trail and today when I was hiking on it I came across this. It's 2 trees between 2 1/2 to 3 feet wide each. I only carry a Cold Steel Kukri (good for stuff up to 1 foot wide), Coghlans cheap small pruning saw, and a survival saw that is a chainsaw chain between 2 nylon straps.
No way I'm going to get through these with my normal stuff. Anyone have any ideas? Maybe just build a little bridge and wait until next year when the forest Service will come take care of it?
Is this a bait thread?
>Maybe just build a little bridge and wait until next year when the forest Service will come take care of it?
Jesus fuck you stupid fucking retarded cunt. JUST WALK AROUND THE TREE.
> only carry a Cold Steel Kukri (good for stuff up to 1 foot wide), Coghlans cheap small pruning saw, and a survival saw that is a chainsaw chain between 2 nylon straps.
MAYBE STOP CARRYING FUCKING MEME GEAR AND GO GET A CHAINSAW
YES I AM FUCKING MAD THAT OP IS SUCH A DUMB ANNOYING CUNT
>barring that you could build a temp path around it.
A few people went over it. If I had taken a wide shot picture you would have seen why, it was just a nightmare of broken branches and other smaller trees they fell on.
>Contact your local hiking club or volunteer trail maintenance organization
Normally this would be a great idea but it's kinda remote and rarely used in the winter I doubt anyone would show up
I'm technically in a rain forest. Fires are next to impossible to start.
Not sure I understand your problem OP. Is the perspective a bit off in your pic and the trunk is about 10' thick or something? Not sure why climbing over it is a problem.
I live in a rainforest (actual one) and never have trouble getting a fire going. Might need to practice climbing and fire skills before you go /out/ again.
This is a tree I chopped up recently. You limb the branches that cross the path then you cut the trunk. You can see how just going around isn't an option, this one is worse than this pic.
And I actually do live in a rain forest and just so happens am watching Dual Survival and Cody, an old episode, can't get a fire going in the rain forest they are in. Absolutely nothing is dry.
You cant just go over it? I dont understand is OP in a wheelchair?
In the episode I just watched they were in a pacific northwest type rain forest, and couldn't get a fire going. Another old episode just started and now Cody can't get a fire started in a tropical rain forest.
Leave this one for the adults.
We have lots of trails. This is one of the ones not used a lot in the winter, there is actually quite a few. The ones they mostly take care of in the winter are the ones people cross country ski on. At the beginning of a lot of trails the forest service post signs asking people to move branches and rocks off trails. They also ask people to unclog anything that will cause water to pool up on the trail.
This is a pic of a sign I took, the light green sign is the one I'm talking about but didn't have a clear pic of it, this is an old pic. People who hike FS trails know what it is.
>do you own an axe or have a budget for one?
I don't have one and could buy one but it's around 3 or 4 miles in the woods and I'd have a concern with sweating in the winter. There are a few trail workers on here and was mostly wondering about tips. If I cut the downed trees it leaves two 4 to 5 foot long logs. Then I'd have to move them some how. The forest service uses ATV's and cuts them with chainsaws then cuts the logs into smaller rounds.
Pic related sort of. The grey is the trail.
How thick are the logs? I did a 28" diameter log in about an hour and was slower because I couldnt stand on it and it was at shoulder height.
Your going to be sweating using the axe let alone carrying it.
Get yourself a felling axe, 3.5 to 5lbs, council tool will be your best bet, ask here if your unsure of what pattern to get.
Get yourself a lanksy puck and watch some youtube on sharpening it.
Get out there and buck those logs, you might not get through even one in a day when you first start out but you will only get stronger and get more stamina each time you go.
Dont worry about moving the logs at this stage, one thing at a time.
The trees are about 2 1/2 to 3 feet wide. I no nothing about axes but I do know what a lanskey puck is. the temps for next week where I am are supposed to be in the lower 20's. In the pic posted above ITT I cut up a tree with a Kukri and the log that became of it I was able to pick up and move, you can also see that in the pic kinda.
It's on a Forest Service trail. They want their people to do it because they have to take chainsaw safety classes, wear hard hats, safety eye/face shields, ear protector "muffs". thick aprons. leather gloves, steel toe shoes, and those metal shin/knee guards. They think you or I who do it will get hurt and will prosecute to deter it.
This man knows what's up. One of the best saws ever made with a high end bar.
I work for the USFS and do a lot of trail clearing. We always prefer to do the work ourselves since we have the training (and tools) to clear trees off. I had some mountain bikers clearing off trails last year that I wasn't able to get to. Their heart was in the right place but they didn't leave proper clearance on each side of the trail. They also didn't finish cutting out some of the trees and left things a dangerous situation. Definitely do NOT burn the tree, that's going to make a huge mess.
Another thing to think about is if the trail is in wilderness or not. Please don't haul a chainsaw into the wilderness!
>Their heart was in the right place but they didn't leave proper clearance on each side of the trail.
How much is "proper clearance" so I know for next time? Not OP, just a hiker who sometimes clears trails of fallen trees.
Is this you?
Tell them where it is if you don't want to deal with it yourself. If you do, just cut out the portion blocking the trail and move the wood to either side. That's what the forest service typically does.
If it's defined as a wilderness area you are forbidden to use anything gas or electric powered to do work. I don't even think you're supposed to use bicycles.
It's pretty much all about keeping those areas as wild as possible.
If there's a log crossing the trail for instance, you have to saw it by hand with a ribbon saw and drag it, either by human power, or with a horse.
>Im legitimately confused, why can't OP just go around or over?
The pic I took was after I climbed over it. Easy for me, not so for others.
>Why not ask the rangers to do it?
They won't do anything until spring when the "summer workers" show up>>661682
>Fully off the tread of the trail.
Where I live they also try to get rid of evidence of the chainsaw cut. They cut up the tree and hide the rounds, they are like firewood rounds. Sometimes they limb the underside so the downed tree lays flat then top things with moss they pull off the tree. I believe it just boils down to the look.
Pic is what it's like on the sides of the trail. Limbs and devils clubs.