Trail Work/Maint. Announcements
A BIG Mahalo from myself, Jeff Fong, John, and PJ to everybody who came out yesterday morning to do some serious trail maintenance work.
We had an awesome group of people to work on a long overdue trail widening project. We split up in smaller groups to cover a wide area of Kalawahine and Manoa Cliff. We also cut many fallen trees out of the way including the big tree on Nahuina. If you go out there for training or just for fun, I'm sure you will notice the transformation and appreciate the work of the volunteers.
Thank you for coming out for this weekend and the one a couple weeks ago! Many new faces this time and everybody put in a full effort to get the trails ready for HURT 2019. Thank you John & PJ for sending out another call for volunteers! I think we are good to go for the race!
Wishing everybody in our HURT OHANA and extended family a Happy New Year!
We will carpool up to the Kalawahine trail head to widen as well as to clear overgrown vegetation along select areas of the trail. The plan is to work until 12:30pm, returning to the Nature Center by 1pm.
Weather and trail conditions are variable this time of year so plan to wear appropriate clothing that will provide adequate comfort and protection. Pants, long sleeves & closed toe shoes are highly recommended. Please also bring your own supply of water to drink. At least 2 liters are recommended. Feel free to also bring some snacks.
If there are any questions, please contact us.
Mahalo for your support!
John, Freddy, and Jeff
We have a last effort trail maintenance on the course December 30, 2018, at 7:30AM. If you are running the race, local to Oahu, and you haven’t done any trail work, now is the time!
Freddy Halmes and Jeff Fong have personally taken the challenge of maintaining our course all year along with a small band of faithful volunteers, so it’s time we helped them. Almost all the Mainland 100s have mandatory 4-8 hour trail work as a provision to enter. We don’t (yet), so please come and spend at least 4 hours helping Freddy and Jeff and the gang.
Let's connect with Freddy or Jeff near the Hawaii Nature Center picnic area (bathrooms). Comment below this post if you can make it.
Please call me me with any queries. We sincerely appreciate your kokua!
PJ is leading another work group into the woods. The workday will be 11-22, the day before Thanksgiving. We will meet at the back of Manoa and head up the trail at daybreak- 6:30 ish? I'll pin the time down when we get nearer to the day.
If that is an awful day for everyone, the only other day I have is Monday 11-20. Anyone planning on joining me, please let me know if Wednesday is ok. I need to know soon so I can plan on picking up our tools.
We will hike to nearly the top, and work down- similarly to what we did in Nuuanu. We'll work till about 11:00 or 11:30, if we hold up that long.
Please call me at 235-0577. Thanks everybody!
A big Mahalo to all of you who replied to the recent request for trail work volunteers!
Just a short post with the particulars:
1. Date: Saturday, 28 October 2006
2. Time: 0800
3. Meet: At bottom of concrete road. Parking topside will be tight, so in the interest of combining training w/work, some of you may elect to park below by the pumping station and run/hike up. There is also parking at the bottom of Puu Ohia trail further up the road past concrete.
4. Bring: Water, bug spray, sunscreen, lunch, etc.
5. Tools: Arrangements have been made to pick up tools and return same to baseyard. Tools will be delivered topside where we will meet (look for my red truck).
6. Scope of work: After distribution of tools, we will hike up to the top of concrete road (still more training). The day's plan is to break into groups, then work our way down from the old trex sign on Manoa Cliffs to the intersection of Kalawahine/Manoa Cliffs trails. Work crews will concentrate on grading in deeply rutted sections of trail and grooming. If we are fortunate to have enough help, we will dedicate one crew to repairing the badly eroded section just below our last major repair job.
Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested in helping - my sincere apologies if I have inadvertently left someone off this post.
Would appreciate a definite reply from those planning to come by Wednesday, 25 October - need to bring enough tools for all.
Please don't forget to add these important dates announced earlier for trail work to your calendar: October 28 and December 2. Mike Garica will be organizing two work days as described in more detail here.
It is important that we have a good turnout of volunteers to help get the trails in shape for the HURT 100 in January. Mike will be posting more information soon.
Please plan on coming out to help.
On 9-26, the first HURT 100 trail maintenance group (the MMs) met in the dark, and the rain, at Jackass Ginger. We carried tools and backpacks at 6:10 am, across the raging Nuuanu Stream, up to the top of the switchbacks on Nuuanu Trail.
With Aaron's hoes,rakes, and picks, we hacked out slide areas to widen the trail, raked and raked little rubbly areas, cut a few drains to let water flow off the trail, cleared a blocked waterfall on the trail to let the water run free, raked a BIG rubbly area that consisted of about a two foot deep layer of baseball sized rocks, cut in a few steps, and trimmed a few overhanging rubbish plants over the trail.
We finished about 11:30, feeling a little dirty and trashed, but very satisfied about our accomplishment. Wish we had had a few minutes to run back up and down the trail to enjoy our handy work, but that will have to wait until our next trip to the trail. Chances are we'll have to go back and re-rake right before the race, but at least the trail will be a little safer during training for the 100.
Trail workers included: Mike M., Bozo, Carl Wooten, McAllaster,Cheryl and PJ.
I'll be heading up the MMs (Morning Menahune) for occasional workdays, and coordinating the weekday trail work plans with Aaron. (Mike will be coordinating the heavier weekend workdays already scheduled).
By the way, I met Aaron this Monday to discuss our intended Nuuanu trail work, and he gave us some very good suggestions, including engineering instructions for some minor grading around the slide areas. I'll pass that on to you on the trail, and we will include that with our main efforts of rubble raking .
We are NOW formally scheduled for work on Wednesday morning, Sept.27.- We will meet and park on Nuuanu Pali Hwy, just below the "Y" where it splits off into Old Pali Rd., for a 6 am departure to the Jackass Ginger trail head. (Maybe we will see the LOST crew filming one of these days).
We will head towards the top of the switchbacks to target a few work areas, and work down from there in small groups.
Please bring gloves, LOTS of water, and a snack to sustain you through the morning. We won't work past 11:30 am.
I need a headcount please, no later than Monday, so I can pick up the tools from Aaron on Tuesday. Cheryl, Mike M, Carl Wooten, have already indicated they can attend(please reconfirm), but we need a few more.
Aaron is very grateful for our interest in grooming the HURT100 trails this season. So, if any of us see a problem on the trails that we want to correct during the weekday, please send me a brief description of the work and location intended, so I get it into an email to Aaron. That way he will have the opportunity to add his input if he needs to, and he will also be informed if anyone calls him to ask what's going on in any given trail work area. I thought that was a fair request, and would benefit us of Aaron's trail expertise in certain work areas. (My contact info: [email protected] / 235-0577)
Until Aaron is able to hire another "tech" for the one he lost, we need to take a more pro-active role in maintaining HURT100 trails. We understand that Aaron is working through the cumbersome process of hiring another employee....it is definitely in the works. After not finding a suitable employee "in house" (which the State requires they search first), they are interviewing additional applicants).
I should mention that there are a few areas that are being reforested on the Tantalus trails- the main one by an interested botanical group, in the area just below the TTT high point on Manoa Cliff Trail, down towards what used to be "the map sign". They are cutting cinnamon trees, and weeding in order to make room for the Hawaiian trees and plants- already there have been more Koa seedlings sprouting, several Hawaiian ferns, etc, in the area, due to their hard efforts.
If we ever plan to do overgrowth clearings, we need to be aware of the native plants, and stay away from the areas where the botanical folks are working.
Please let me know if you can help out. Aloha, PJ
HURT VII TRAIL WORK SCHEDULE
Aloha HURT Runners!
In preparation for HURT VII next January 13-14, 2007, listed below is a schedule of trail work we would like to accomplish.
Your kokua would be most appreciated!
1. Middle of last week in September '06: Rake down Nuuanu Trail.
2. Saturday, 28 October '06: Regrade badly eroded section of Manoa Cliffs (area just below the section HURT members regraded last year). If we have enough volunteers, we can also groom trail from the start of Manoa Cliffs (just off Kalawahine) up to the trex sign on the same day!
3. Saturday, 2 December '06: Grade and swale Aihualama. Primary focus will be relieving areas that are eroded and trapping water just before the bamboo forest. Again, if we have enough volunteers, we can also groom Aihualama Trail (start at Leon's pie-stand) down to Manoa Falls.
4. Middle of last week in December '06: Rake down and groom Nuuanu Trail again as required.
5. Saturday, 6 January '07: Light grooming/touch-up as required.
Start times/meeting locations will be posted on the blog. Reminders will be emailed to those interested in helping.
Since we must check-out work tools from the DLNR Baseyard, we will need an accurate head count. So...
*If you can make any of the mid-week work dates, please email PJ: [email protected]
*If you can help on any of the Saturday work, please email Mike: [email protected]
Look forward to working with you on the trails!
I received a report that some unauthorized trail work was performed on part of the Maunawili Out 'n Back course sometime last week.
Am not sure who did the work. I sincerely apologize in advance if this does not apply to any of our runners.
Please be aware that any such activity must be approved in advance by DLNR, proper training held, safety gear issued, waivers signed, etc.
Besides inadvertent cutting of native plants, there is a tremendous liability issue to the State if anyone on the work party or perhaps a bystander gets injured. Such unauthorized activity may jeopardize HURT's relationship w/DLNR and could result in cancellation or restriction of our trail races.