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New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby nyker » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:02 pm

OK, this is what we need on the trail coming off Holy Cross so nobody else will get lost coming down.
Who's going to build it??

:-D
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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby screeman57 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:27 pm

If you build it, they will come.
"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was." -Dag Hammarskjold

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby ak47 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:17 pm

Alot of work was done on the trail through the boulderfield over the summer by the 14ers initiative, it is in the best shape it's probably ever been in...

Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby MonGoose » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:55 am

Notice those rocks are rounded due to their transportation along rivers and the tides of the ocean which gives the cairn a very aesthetic appeal. Our 14er rocks are angular because they are fresh from the source and have not traveled. So unless you're willing to import rocks from sea level, we won't be able to build that cairn.

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby jeremy27 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:09 am

The 14ers Initiative workers imported nice white rocks from somewhere and added them to the top of the newly built cairns - some are 6ft tall now. Impressive work and the white rocks on top really help with visibility.

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby gdthomas » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:00 pm

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps also deserves credit for providing much of the muscle for the Holy Cross trail improvement project.

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby ketel1 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:41 am

Bravo! The work was much appreciated when we climbed it. I and my burning metatarsals liked the flat 'stairs'.
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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby Doug Shaw » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:07 am

MonGoose wrote:So unless you're willing to import rocks from sea level, we won't be able to build that cairn.


Mankind has recently made some impressive strides at modifying our environment. The day we develop the technology to shape and polish stone, we will be as gods.

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby ChrisRoberts » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:58 pm

Doug have you switched to bronze yet?

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby TallGrass » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:22 pm

jeremy27 wrote:The 14ers Initiative workers imported nice white rocks from somewhere ...

Likely not as quartz veins are part of the local geology. There are many quartz-rich rocks out there scattered in with all the rest. When you go and dig though a lot of rock as they do, it's easy to set aside "the brightest capstones." Hiking up the switchbacks to the Notch Shelter late in the day (ca. 7-8pm) I spotted many of the white rocks from a long ways off. "Is that a hat? Backpack? Sign? Bleach jug? (closer) Nope, just a really nice hunk of quartz."
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby Duffus Kentucky Climber » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:02 pm

nyker wrote:OK, this is what we need on the trail coming off Holy Cross so nobody else will get lost coming down.
Who's going to build it??

:-D



I hope the cairn in the photo helped the people who came later to find the ocean.
It looks like the ridge is just right up there!

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Re: New Cairn on Holy Cross

Postby Tortoise1 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:08 pm

Looks like something Frank Lloyd Wright would build. You could do that with Colorado rock if you had about 4 tubes of wall and panel adhesive.

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