This morning started out grey & chilly, but overall it turned out to be a pleasant day on the ridge. There were lots of folks up & down. There were veteran climbers, some who had been up a few times and several who were making it up to investigate. We expect to see some of the new recruits again!
Three skidders were busy removing the felled trees from the crane path. A feller/ buncher also arrived on the scene. Another round of blasting took place at 12:31. Muskrat felt the blast today was closer and larger-feeling from the one yesterday. No one arrived and asked us to leave so we all stayed and watched the proceedings.
Our entertainment for the afternoon was answering the old question of how many loggers does it take to put up a no trespassing sign? Answer: six – one to hold the sign, one to hold the nails, one to hold the hammer and the rest to tell us that we just don’t want anyone to get hurt.
Old Crow and other frequent occupants of the mountain have noted the beneficial effect of “The GMP Exercise Plan.” Lots of aerobic climbing exercise builds endurance! Likewise the more time we spend on the ridgeline and the more we realize just how precious this mountain is, and just how much damage the wind project is causing; the more determined we are to endure whatever new threats and hurdles GMP decides to create!
Yesterday, Muskrat walked down one of the myriad cataracts which cascade down the slopes and discovered a beautiful boulder. It was gigantic and fern-covered, unmoved since the last glacier went through. This boulder is our example: WE WILL STAY PUT!
We were also honored to host some members of the media who were documenting the events. We hit the channel 3 news on WCAX! Old Crow was interviewed. But as usual they don’t seem to really get it.
See our story on Channel 3 News!