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Rumney Connector Trail
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:17:46 AM »
Justin Preisendorfer, Recreation Manager - White Mountain National Forest asked me to post this:

The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is happy to announce that construction has begun on the Rumney Rocks parking lot connector trail.  This project has been in the works for a number of years and when completed will address the longstanding issue of foot traffic on Buffalo Road.  Fees collected at WMNF parking areas such as Rumney Rocks are being used to fund the majority of the project cost and the contractor will begin mobilizing equipment within the week.  Tree removal will immediately follow and once vegetation has been removed from the alignment the crew will begin constructing the trail surface.  This will require rock removal via drilling and blasting in the areas where ledge extends close to the road surface.  All work is scheduled to occur on weekdays and we’ll be making every effort to minimize the project’s impacts on climbers.   Here are a couple things you can do to help the project and your experience at the crags go smoothly:

Check the WMNF and Rumney Climbers Association (RCA) websites regularly if you’re planning on visiting the area.  We’ll be working with the RCA to post updates in advance of any changes or project milestones.

Respect all closures because they’re in place for your safety.  While tree removal is occurring there may be short duration closures in the area of the Meadows directly above where crews are working.  During this window (currently scheduled for the weeks of October 6-10 and 13-17) it’s best to head to one of the other crags and leave potential issues behind.  There will also be closures of both parking lots and all crags within ¼ mile of the lots when the crew is conducting the blasting.  We’re hoping that this will be limited to just a few days and we’ll know well in advance so we can spread the word.  Stay tuned to the websites for updates.

Be efficient when driving and parking.  We all know that the parking lots get maxed out most sunny October weekends.  With construction equipment staged in a portion of the big lot space will be more limited than ever.  Carpool with your partners and park like every vehicle counts because they do.  And it probably doesn’t need to be said but don’t park anywhere other than the lots or you risk being towed!
Careful while you’re on the road. Buffalo Road will be reduced to one lane between the parking lots for much of the project and there will be numerous days when this section is closed to all traffic.  When the road is closed it will be posted as such at both ends (by the library/town common and at the junction with Sand Hill Road).  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to access the climbing, just that the road between the lots is closed.  Anticipate this issue and plan your approach/escape with it in mind.  If you park in the big lot and want to climb at any crag other than the Meadows or Parking Lot Wall you’ll need to walk the perimeter of the construction area.  At times this will be straightforward while other times you may need to wait until the crew says it’s safe to pass through.  Expect delays if you’re planning on walking or driving and be extra careful when on foot due to the narrowed roadway.
Spread the word. Not everyone who will visit the crags over the next month will know what’s going on.  Give them the skinny and encourage them to visit the RCA’s website for updates on this project and other area issues.

This morning at the preconstruction meeting there were attendees from the Rumney selectboard, emergency services, and road department.  Everyone was very complimentary of the RCA and the climbing community in general.  Let’s help preserve the reputation that has been well-earned!  Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
 
Justin Preisendorfer, Recreation Manager
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Re: Rumney Connector Trail
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2014, 10:24:00 AM »
Cool  :)
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Re: Rumney Connector Trail
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2014, 11:52:25 AM »
IMO this is a huge waste of money aside from the fact they will be closing the lots during the busiest time of the year.

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Re: Rumney Connector Trail
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2014, 01:27:51 PM »
Dave, it has got to be done. People wandering around in the road right on a blind curve is dangerous and annoying to local drivers. Think of how many years this infrastructure will be used. The price is minimal for the benefit. Blasting out a safe path is also a benefit to the local townsfolk who like to take a walk with their strollers without being run over.  People howled about the trail paralleling the road that they already made and the staircase up towards Armed and Dangerous, but they turned out fine, very useful, and I dare say even attractive IMO. The steps that were cut into the ledge up higher on the 'Short-Cut Trail' look fine once they weathered in and make the trail usable when wet or icy. Change is always shocking to some people, but it doesn't mean it isn't for the better. It is just a fact that infrastructure is needed when you are dealing with lots of people. If it is done well, it is a positive.

It would have been nice if they were able to do the work in a slower season, but they obviously have to work with the contractor's availability. When is Rumney really not busy anyway, except the dead of Winter or rainy season?
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Re: Rumney Connector Trail
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2014, 03:52:07 PM »
Turns out the timing was necessitated by the FS budgetary calendar. They found they had the money to do the project late in the fiscal year and decided to use it before it became unavailable.
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