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Old 07-18-2013, 10:33 AM
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So, while we were exploring up there yesterday, we discovered that our post and cable has been damaged and needs repair. I took some photos so that we can see what we need to bring and to plan our project. Below, you can see where the top cable has been torn out from the end post and the cable is lying partially buried in the mud.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:35 AM
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Next, you can see where one of the posts has been completely removed, and dragged over to the side:
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:38 AM
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Finally, you can see recent tire tracks in the mud and garbage in the mud puddle. I couldn't reach the garbage to fish it out, would have needed some kind of long pole with a hook or chest waders.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:45 AM
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When we came to this sign, there was a parking area, and never having been up there before, we figured here was where you were supposed to park and walk. We did but only for about a quarter mile, when we realized we could drive a lot further up.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:50 AM
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Here are some pictures of the closure itself, which is in a rock cutting that would be nearly impossible to bypass. A buggy could easily drive over them, but a regular 4x4 has no chance. We walked most of the way to the tunnel, but an electrical storm came over the ridge and we turned back to get back to the Cruiser so as not to be zapped.
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holy **** it looks rough up there.

i'll be headed to boulder ranger district tonight maybe with Bruce and we'll chat about it.
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This is Needles Eye and the tunnel closure...

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holy **** it looks rough up there.

i'll be headed to boulder ranger district tonight maybe with Bruce and we'll chat about it.
There were two USFS botanists up there, who work out of the Fort Collins office. I spoke with Tom Bates and got his business card. They were up there to scout the area for endangered plants. They are doing a NEPA for a project Xcel is planning for their gas pipeline. Xcel needs to pig out the line, but their pigs can't negotiate some of the 90 fittings employed in the pipe, so those fittings will have to be replaced.

I had not yet seen the damage to the post and cable when I spoke with him, so it wasn't clear whether they or the BRD was aware of the damage either.
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Thanks for the report and pictures Jeff! And thank you Marco and Bruce for heading to the meeting tonight to hopefully come up with a solution with the BRD! Sounds like a work day is in order!
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