Thark Ridge January 2014

14 January 2014
Four activities were carried out on this warm day.  Overgrowing vegetation was trimmed both before and after the second stage reroute section, rocks were used to harden a wet area immediately west of the same section, markers were placed on the remaining unmarked poles leading to the Thark saddle and an investigation was done to see if it was viable to reroute the track at the final wet area.
It was found, as suspected, that a reroute would cross hard ground.  The work would be relatively easy, with several parts going over already fairly clear terrain.  The suggested reroute is 80 metres long.  It cuts out a 60 metre boggy section and the join is 40 metres up track from the existing bend.  In fact the rerouted track would be 40 metres shorter than the existing one.
The section for reroute is quite wet and boggy for extended parts of the year, although at the date checked it was about as good as it gets.
More vegetation clearing is needed and one small section has a furrow that will need rocks to assist in halting the decline of the track.
At our home page there is a map of the suggested reroute stage 3

Adrian and Greg at the section of track that was cleared.

Greg at the section that was hardened

Existing muddy section (not at the worst due to dry weather) and there is braiding as well.

Example of the hard ground at the proposed reroute location
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Thark January 2014