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Flatiron Orange Paint Removal Project, AZ
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Flatiron Orange Paint Removal Project, AZ 
Flatiron Orange Paint Removal Project, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2013
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking11.20 Miles 5,500 AEG
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5,500 ft AEG
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We had a fantastic turnout today to rid our beloved wilderness of something that simply didn't belong there. Over a month ago someone spray painted bright orange arrows up the draw leading to the Flatiron. They not only were an eyesore but they were also unnecessary.

With the permission and assistance of the U.S. Forest Service we assembled a team to get these arrows removed. We used a product that I had previously had success with called Citristrip. It is biodegradable and is non-caustic. That combined with some scrub brushes and some elbow grease and we were able to get the orange arrows off. The other blue, white, and grey dots that have been there for several years weren't as cooperative. Therefore they mostly remain as they were prior to our efforts. It would seem that most Hikers find them tolerable and some find them helpful.

After our handy work I went by the State Park Office and let them know how it went. I was then going to go hike Picket Post but decided to save some fuel and went for a second trip up to the Flatiron. On the way up I saw Larry, Zach, and Van as they were wrapping up and heading out.

It was a great day and we had good success. I did notice on a few of the arrows on my way back up that there remains some white residue. This is from the Citristrip dissolving the paint and not getting fully washed away. It will take more water to finalize the job to perfection. I plan on going back up mid week with a gallon of water and a scrub brush to move things along. Also Mother Nature will surely finish the project with a couple nice rains. She has already done so where the plane crashed into the rock two years ago.

A big thanks goes out to everyone that contributed to this project. You guys ROCK!
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