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Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Volunteer avatar Nov 14 2013
Sredfield
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We've been installing some "really cool signs" on the AZT, and the work continued today on the Cross F connector trail junction on Passage 22. The three-quarter mile connector trail runs east-west and meets the AZT at a small saddle in a perfect setting for one of the “really cool signs” from AZT-friendly artist/metalworker Rob Bauer.

The three-quarter mile haul posed a challenge for the install crew. The heavy concrete premix and water would have to be hauled in. Fortunately, Segment Steward Bob Brawdy is a “packer,” and new volunteers Cisco and Rosy proved very helpful getting the materials to the site.

Joe, John, Jim and Shawn hauled the digging tools in and selected the spot. The big unknown installing anything along the AZT is the soil—will it be possible to dig the 30-inch hole necessary to install the sign or will it be rock? Luck held today, the ground at the saddle was hard but workable; the jack hammer was the ideal tool for the job. A few hits with the slide hammer at each placement and the soil gave way and slowly but steadily the hole grew.

Bob arrived with Rosy and Cisco carrying the cement, the mixing tarp was laid out and the concrete mixed and poured around the sign. Jim hammered small rocks into the cement, increasing the mass around the post. John kept a watchful eye on level. With no straight lines in the setting eyeballing it wouldn't work; the only way to ensure the sign was straight was with a bubble level. And being I was the one who forgot it on the trip in, I went back for it, thus my trip length of 3 miles.

The cement poured and the sign leveled, the crew took a short lunch break in the sunshine and perfect temperatures and solved world problems. The four-legged crew members seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the two-legged variety. After lunch what remained of the hole around the sign was filled and contoured, the disturbed earth was “naturalized,” and we all headed out.

Thanks to Bob, John, Jim, Joe, Ruby, Cisco, Rosy and Shawn. Yet another great day on the AZT.
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Shawn
The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
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