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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4
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Temporal Gulch - AZT #4Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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The Arizona Trail Association’s assault on narrow gates continued yesterday, with two gates near the north end of Passage 4 getting the treatment.

Gate number one for the day lies along the road about a half mile south of the north TH. The old one didn't look like it held much livestock in or out, there wasn't even a latch on it, but it held the fence in place and was too narrow for pack stock traveling the trail. Rob Bauer, ATA trail-friendly welder, fabricated the replacement gate out of materials salvaged from gates replaced by the super gates being installed in more visible locations. With a full complement of tools and materials, the usual suspects met at I-10 and the Sonoita Highway at 8:00 AM and headed to the site.

The old gate was quickly dispatched; the salvaged materials will roll into the project and reappear as part of a future installation. Digging the holes for the new one went a bit slower than expected. Several mid-westerners on the crew longed for those loamy soils where post holes can be dug without the aid of heavy equipment or light explosives. Soon though they were of sufficient depth, the gate dropped in and leveled, and the concrete mixed and poured. The hole digging really is the hard part of the project, having now installed ~9 gates, the crew is pretty adept at it.

Gate number two was something new, no digging! An existing adjoining post was incorporated into the design and the narrow gate simply (well, Rob made it look simple) stretched to reach it, and the overhead brace extended to the new latch post.

Huge thanks to Mike, an unseen but critical member of this operation. Mike took pictures and measurements of the old gate and emailed them to the crew so Rob could do much of the fabrication in his shop. All went incredibly smoothly, thanks largely to the precise information Mike provided.

The biggest challenge was getting the heavy generator and welder down, and back up, the steep trail to the gate. The gate lies just off the Gardner Canyon Road over about 250 feet of steep, rocky trail. Rob brought a large kart of his own design and construction that worked perfectly. Four beefy fellows muscled the kart and equipment down the trail to the site, and then hauled down tools and water for fire protection. The fence wires were removed and Rob made short work of the cutting and re-welding. Mike’s dimensions were spot-on and the new gate fits like a glove.

These were the easy ones, the remaining problem gates are some distance from a road so we will be looking for a way to haul everything to the sites.

Everyone convened to the Ranch House in Sonoita for post-project lunch and trail talk. Another great day on the AZT!

Thanks to Rob, Mike, Tom, Scot, Lee, Jan, and-for this trip-Moqui.
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