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Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Nov 26 2014 11:03 pm
by JuanJaimeiii
Flatiron Blue Paint Removal Project
Well if you haven't seen the Blue Arrows Leading up to the Flatiron in person you may certainly have seen photos of them. Last year someone put up Orange ones and we assembled a team to remove them. This year they are back and this time they are Blue. This is a Wilderness area and the arrows are unnecessary.

Last year we used a product called "Citristrip" to assist in the removal. It is a bio degradable non toxic stripper and seemed to work quite well. We found that this product in a spray can, along with a good scrub brush and some shop towels to mop up the mess did the trick. In roughly 3-4 hours last year our group of 10 was able to eliminate all 20 of the Orange Arrows. This year the task should be about the same.

I am hoping to put together a group of volunteers to get the job done.

The plan if weather permits is for Saturday the 20th of December starting at 8am. We will need 7 of stripper as we found one can works for about 3 arrows. I will supply all of the Citristrip.

What to bring? Bring a pair of rubber gloves like you would use to wash dishes by hand. Some old shop towels to mop up the paint and a good scrub brush. Lastly bring a plastic bag to haul out the mess. Again, I will purchase the Citristrip. If you want to chip in on that I ask that you donate to HAZ instead. The Citristrip is 9.00 a bottle and without HAZ I wouldn't be able to post this event. Lastly bring some water to help in washing the debris away once it has been scrubbed.

Let's meet at the Quick Trip on the corner of Idaho and Old West Highway. From the 60 it is straight north on Idaho a few miles at the south-east corner of Idaho and Old West Highway. Meet at 8am sharp. We will leave there by 8:20 and go get this project started. We will park and hike in from Mining Camp Restaurant.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 10 2014 6:22 pm
by JuanJaimeiii
Rick Vincent wrote:I call them ignorant do-good vandals.
I think you nailed it.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 15 2014 8:20 pm
by RowdyandMe
I was looking forward to doing this but I think that my be a little to much for my ankle right now.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 16 2014 6:35 am
by rayhuston
@Widowmaker
Good call, Larry. Take care of that ankle first.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 16 2014 8:20 am
by RowdyandMe
@rayhuston
Their making me a custom ankle brace which will take about three weeks for me to get. I wish I could get it sooner.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 17 2014 3:53 pm
by Bradshaws
Once again, I'm offering a ride to the east side for the 2nd annual arrow removal party ;) ... But once again, it looks like I'm the only one going that doesn't live there already :lol:

There is one hitch in getting a ride from me. This time, regardless of what time I get off that mountain, I'm hitting The Arizona Wilderness Brewery afterwards for a beer ( or three 8-[ ) this will be my first visit but you're more than welcome to tag along.

I'll be leaving around 6:30-6:45am from around Union Hills & I17

PM me if you would like a ride. I have room for 3.

disclaimer - I'm a mechanic.... Soooo.... my car may look rough but it can drive to the moon and back ;)

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 18 2014 7:47 am
by RickVincent
My time for this project will be cut short, but I'm coming out anyway to support the cause. Even if to just clean one arrow.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 18 2014 8:33 am
by JuanJaimeiii
Rick Vincent wrote:My time for this project will be cut short, but I'm coming out anyway to support the cause. Even if to just clean one arrow.
Really appreciate any and all help.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 18 2014 9:50 am
by rayhuston
JuanJaimeiii wrote:What to bring?.....Lastly bring some water to help in washing the debris away once it has been scrubbed.
I picked up some 25oz spray bottles from Lowes to aid in washing away the debris. I will fill them with water and bring them with me.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 18 2014 9:30 pm
by Franco45
Sorry guys, I couldn't get off work. :sorrry:

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 19 2014 3:18 pm
by RowdyandMe
@skillpore
Ride with Zak :scared:

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 19 2014 10:50 pm
by JuanJaimeiii
See everyone in the morning.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 19 2014 10:51 pm
by azdesertfather
Sorry I can't make it tomorrow, but way to go JJ and crew for tackling that!! :thanx: :M2C:

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 20 2014 4:26 am
by SuperstitionGuy
If I can get them out there in time I will send in the 3G's, Gavin (16), Gunnar (14) and Gage (11) to haul water out to you.

They are my three grandsons with hiking experience and will meet you at Mining Camp or just catch up with you.

The 11 year old is an honorary Green Bay Packers quarterback and can out hike his older brothers. ;)

Update as of 8:30 - I can make it but the boys mother went shopping this early AM and dad and the boys would not answer the phone. However we are going to hike east of Tortilla Flat which was our original plan even though we will miss supporting the arrow project.

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 21 2014 7:49 am
by AZLumberjack
Pack that one away in the archives, in spite of the cold start and some snide remarks from "lost" hikers, it was still a fun day in the Supes with congratulatory handshakes from the many who still respect the Wilderness. :y:

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 23 2014 8:01 pm
by autumnstars
Yay! Even though this is a hike I will likely never go on, I am proud to be a member of a hiking community that would carry out such a project.
2 times, none-the-less. :y:

Re: Flatiron Blue Arrow Removal Project

Posted: Dec 26 2014 10:50 am
by neilends
You guys are really awesome for doing this. Thank you to each and every one who showed up for no matter how long or short a time.

There was a good story on one of the network news shows last night, I forget which one, about the possibly generational cultural shift that is creating these conflicts. A spokeswoman for the US Forest Service was interviewed, as were a couple who insisted that the proper use of the American outdoors was to hitch up huge swinging ropes, get adrenaline highs from flying through the air while screaming at the top of their lungs, and posting all this on Youtube for their thousands if not millions of fans. Some observers point out that the entire way younger generations view the American outdoors is radically changing. It's no longer a place to soak in the land. Rather, it's amazing scenery in which to indulge in high-adrenaline sports.

That's a theory, anyway. I don't know if it's true. I know many teenagers and 20somethings who do a lot more for conserving the wilderness than I do.