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#49114 - 01/20/17 03:11 PM Oops
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1488
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Guess Where




Edited by saltydog (01/20/17 03:51 PM)
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#49122 - 01/22/17 07:34 AM Re: Whitney Portal Road rock fall [Re: saltydog]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 709
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Yep, that's the Whitney Portal road...of what's left of it. Lots of deep now above that point. Road opening date to be determined.


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#49124 - 01/22/17 12:21 PM Re: Oops [Re: saltydog]
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Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 429
Loc: Saugus, CA
Woof.
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#49169 - 02/02/17 04:03 PM Re: Oops [Re: saltydog]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 709
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
More pictures on the Inyo Sheriff Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/InyoCountySheriffsOffice/

Scroll down page to see pictures taken on January 29th.

Rocks are large enough (VW to truck size) to require explosives and heavy equipment to clear them. The road bed has probably been damaged. This occurred at about the 7,800 foot elevation.

When the snow and ice start to melt the rock pile could become very unstable.


Edited by Bob West (02/02/17 04:17 PM)

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#49170 - 02/02/17 05:00 PM Re: Oops [Re: Bob West]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7074
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here is the direct FB link: February 1 at 8:57am   Below are two of the pictures.

It's going to take a bit of specially licensed fireworks placed into a few specially drilled holes to break those rocks into sizes they can handle. Would love to see the fireworks go off!






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#49171 - 02/02/17 05:07 PM Re: Oops [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7074
Loc: Fresno, CA
This project is going to be a bit bigger than the Tioga Pass rock fall removal from last October.

A picture from that:


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#49172 - 02/02/17 05:31 PM Re: Oops [Re: Steve C]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
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Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
And a little skill to keep the debris from blocking the Scenic Trail just below?
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#49175 - 02/03/17 07:56 AM Re: Oops [Re: saltydog]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 746
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
Originally Posted By: saltydog
And a little skill to keep the debris from blocking the Scenic Trail just below?


The WPNRT is on the other side of the canyon.

They will probably drill the holes, insert the dynamite and blasting caps, and cover it with heavy mats made of old shredded tires...and then...

Fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole...

They will then bring in the big buckets and push it off to the side or haul it away.
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#49179 - 02/03/17 10:27 AM Re: Oops [Re: + @ti2d]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7074
Loc: Fresno, CA
Wouldn't a time-lapse of the operation be cool!

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#49183 - 02/03/17 08:35 PM Re: Oops [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 10/07/09
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Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Made me think of the time Don Redmond (anybody remember him?) promised to introduce me to a short blonde outdoorsy NP contractor lady - with a Black Powder License! Never happened.

If you think it's hard to get authorized to blow things up in California, it's many times harder in Oz.
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#49187 - 02/04/17 03:06 PM Re: Oops [Re: wagga]
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Manchester, NH
Am planning on doing Whitney the last part of May. Am hoping the road is open to the Portal by then. If not- I guess an extra early start will be in order...

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#49188 - 02/05/17 10:52 AM Re: Oops [Re: KevinR]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 170
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Well, the Wild Wild West Marathon is May 6 and the 50 miler takes the runners up to the Portal and back down via the National Scenic Trail.

Doug of the Portal Store normally handles the Aid station there, so I am thinking, maybe optimistically, the road will be open. If not....well then.

Maybe the runners only problem will be snow along the trail.

paul

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