View Full Version : 2013 Argentine/Leavenworth Cleanup Run #1

06-23-2013, 09:15 PM
Group photo

06-23-2013, 10:42 PM
We all made it back and off the trail, good times! Thanks all! Trip report later

06-23-2013, 11:22 PM
Ok, so here are all my pictures from today. :D
I tried to get pictures of as many rigs as I could. If I didn't get yours, I'm sorry.:o

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There were three trees down across the road. So we cut them off, and drug them out of the way. Thanks to everyone for pitching in. :thumb:

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Group Photo at Lunch Time. :D

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Up the big hill we go... :thumb:

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We cleaned up around and inside the cabin. Seems like this is where we picked up most of the day's collection of trash from. Great work everybody!:thumb:

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New Signs!

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06-24-2013, 07:38 AM
Bummed to miss this run. Looks like a productive day.

Looks like they got a new roof on Santiago and signed the mine entrance:cool:.

06-24-2013, 08:15 AM
Looks like the biggest group ever for a cleanup run. Good job!

06-24-2013, 08:25 AM
Great day, great group and grat pictures. Thanks everyone.

06-24-2013, 09:35 AM
Had a great time, pulled quite a bit of trash out of there, *and* got the truck dirty.

Great way to spend a Sunday. Thanks for putting this together!

06-24-2013, 10:04 AM
Thanks everyone for coming out, well done. We were all smiles...

06-24-2013, 10:21 AM
Good work guys. Nice showing. How was the lower camp site near the river crossing\pipe looking?

06-24-2013, 11:18 AM
Good work guys. Nice showing. How was the lower camp site near the river crossing\pipe looking?

Camp Yoder was clean. In fact, all of those sites along the river were in really great shape. :thumb:

06-24-2013, 01:48 PM
Great pics.

Is the elevated rail into the upper mine gone now?

06-24-2013, 02:09 PM
Here's my trip report:

At about 8am I arrived at the Georgetown Visitor Center to find KC0OTP already waiting for me. As we sat and chatted a few others showed up, and then Cynthia Neely from the Georgetown Trust for Conservation & Preservation came over and introduced herself. She had heard that we would be up there for the day and wanted to let us know what has been going on with the Santiago Mill and the Santiago Mill Stewards (SMS). I have more posted HERE (http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=19556), but basically the Santiago Mill is on USFS property, and in order to keep it open the SMS will be having work days to rehab the mill (they are the ones that put a new roof on this past winter) and maintain it against vandalism etc. I will be added to their email list for notifications of activity, and will pass that along to the club. If you have a specific interest in the Santiago Mill, please let me know and I'll forward your email to Cynthia so you can be added to the list.

Or, how's this: Email ccneely@yahoo.com and let her know you heard about the SMS through Rising Sun.

Okay, so we met everyone up at the Argentine Trailhead at 9am, and after airing down, introductions, and signing paperwork, we had about 15 trucks lined up at the TH! :woot:

1. Ed Russell
2. Rob and Diane
3. Ken
4. Mike & John
5. Gary +1
6. Dan
7. Justin & Ashley
8. Jackson +1
9. Tom
10. Luke
11. Steve +2
12. Chris +1
13. Tim & Bruce
14. Matt
15. Art
16. Dave & Idelle
17. Travis
18. Brian + 1
19. Me

We did a new thing this year, in that we raffled off a Rising Sun logo'd Trasharoo bag to a first-time RS cleanup participant! I think this offered great incentive for folks to come out and help the cause, and was glad that we put this together. The winner of the Trasharoo was Diane Payne, and both she and her husband, Rob (A Ghost to Most), were very appreciative! But then it got better - because we had so many new participants I decided to raffle off a second Trasharoo! Rochelle Wilson helped pick the winning ticket, and (coincidence? ;)) it happened to be her dad, Beach Boy!

So off we went - I tasked Ken Davidson with checking out the sofa near the beginning of the trail while we went up to meet with nakman and company at the trail junction. Once we got to the Adopt a Road sign Mike Davidson led a good portion of the group up the wagon road. We decided to divide and conquer since there were so many of us on the run.

The rest of us continued up the main road and stopped to put a new poster on the STT sign. Mike and company headed up the south side of the valley and found the road closure on 248.1A.

A huge thanks goes out to Dave and Idelle for preparing lunch! They did an awesome job and everyone had a smiling face come lunchtime!

After lunch a few people bugged out and we headed back up towards Waldorf. We had to work our way by the TacomaWorld guys (http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/south-west/187907-upcoming-colorado-events-208.html#post7068556)that were having a run the same day up there, and then had a group shot at Waldorf. We took a section of the wagon road that doesn't get much use (above the main road for the last 1.5 miles or so to Waldorf), so that was fun.

A few more folks took off, and our group headed up to the Santiago Mill. We hung out there for a while and checked out the hammer mill and ball mill that I now recognize since I've had to spec that same equipment out for projects recently.

A few more folks took off, and we headed down to the cabin. Glad we did, as we found a ton of garbage there that needed to be cleaned up.

The weather started looking for real like it was going to rain on us, so I put my windshield back up and we boogied on down to the trailhead. We picked up the couch on the way out and headed to Beau Jo's for dinner, where treeroot enamored us later into the evening with tales of cheap FJ25 parts and disappearing pistons...

I am so glad we were able to divide and conquer. For some reason it seemed like there was more trash than usual and it was really good to split the work. Having the extra hands really made a big difference.

Thanks so much to everyone that came out, and as always, if you are interested sharing in the Land Use duties in a little more personal way, let me know!


06-24-2013, 02:10 PM

06-24-2013, 02:39 PM
Really bummed I couldn't make this trip. Looks like a great turnout and it would have been fun to meet new folks and lend a hand in the cleanup. Hopefully my work schedule is a little more cooperative for the next trail cleanup run. Nice Work!:thumb:

06-24-2013, 02:47 PM
Great pics.

Is the elevated rail into the upper mine gone now?

Yes, it got blown over a couple winters ago.

06-24-2013, 03:08 PM
Here is a shot of the beaming Beachboy with his brand new RS Trasharoo:


Thanks for running the show Matt. And thanks to all the great people who were willing to pitch in and help!


06-24-2013, 07:05 PM
I had a fantastic day! It was a blast.
Really enjoyed getting to run the trail with everybody, and meet new folks. I'm looking forward to future trail runs with you guys. :thumb:

Looks like we had, at one point, around 30 people and 18 or 19 rigs? :woot:

Special thanks to Squishy for being our "Garbage truck" and hauling out the couch.:thumb: And also to JPS8460 for hauling out the old mattress. :thumb:

Had a great time with everybody at Bou'jo's.:beer:
Thanks to Treeroot for making us all laugh so hard.

06-27-2013, 09:05 PM
Just got around to getting pictures loaded. Carolyn was the photographer...

06-27-2013, 11:54 PM
Gotta say, Matt has been such a WONDERFUL steward of the RS Land Use effort over the last 8+ years on Argentine! :clap: :clap: :clap:

And, thanks to everyone else who pitched in on the clean-up effort. There seemed to be a lotta trash this year!

Sorry, don't have any unique pictures to post. Idelle & I we're just so happy that we could help contribute to the club's effort up there.

We met "Fred" Saturday afternoon, he owns the old cabin between the lower creek crossings across from where we were camped (GREAT GUY!). We took a few minutes to explain to him about the club's efforts in the area and afterwards he was very appreciative of them. He's had several issues over the years with guys "mud bogging" near the upper-lower creek crossing on his property. I explained we were not in the same "crowd".

My son Zach and his GF Alex arrived about 7:30 PM Saturday night and we went back up Argentine to a huge snow drift about 1 mile beyond the mine site we visited earlier. We drove nearly 50 miles on the trails over the 2 1/2 days we were up there! :thumb:

Idelle :Princess: & I had so much fun, we stayed over Sunday night too! Man it was quiet up there...just one other guy in his Ford Escape (he didn't attempt the lower creek crossing:D) camped up the trail about 1/4 mile.

Its so great to be able to get away so close to the city! You need to do this if you haven't already!

Most times. but not this past weekend!