As far as Rumney goes, most of what you enjoy came from private citizens and NOT the government. That includes most of the original parking lot and the trails.
really??? looks like most of the newer stuff came via the FS.
I think some of the "newer" stuff from the USFS is actually very nice. I really like the long staircase up to the main cliff area, but think much of the newer stuff they've done sucks....
They started and never finished (even though they had a lot of free climber labor) a series of steps going up to the New Wave area. It sat, unfinished for over a year before Chris Smith spent an afternoon fixing it.
Their latest work by the small parking lot is embarrassing. These guys are obviously professional, so the workmanship is fine, but the results are pointless. Apparently, there was a pile of pressure treated timbers (left over from their aborted attempt to build the New Wave steps.). These were used to make a series of steps close to the parking lot where none were actually needed. What's the point in doing high quality, craftman-like work, fixing something that didn't need fixing? There are a lot of other areas that actually could use their professional skills and expertise.
I know that Dave Quinn has been busy doing some other trail work further up the mountain as has Chris Smith and Mark Sprague (I'm sure others have been involved, but don't recall the exact details.)
Personally, I've stopped contributing to this sort of work as I just don't the time and energy as I previously had to spare. I'm hoping there is a "new generation" of Rumney "locals" who will take up the burden and carry it into the future. It's time to give Smitty, Dave, et al a deserved rest....
Also, I do find it a bit ironic to hear people who I've never seen actually do any trail work complain or take credit for what has been accomplished in the past.
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