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    Trailbuilder help

    Hey guys, I found an old underused single track this weekend. I walked four miles up it, it looks like it could be really fun but is overgrown and has quite a bit of down fall. It could connect two really great trails that don't have a clear link right now. I was thinking of bringing the chain saw up there, but a) it is a long way (30 miles) from any "regular" trail head and b) I have never taken on such a big building project.

    I checked out the pack from DAKINE, it seems expensive and I am wondering if it will handle the big saw that I think I will need.

    And then I saw this set up. It is reasonably priced and I like the home grown look of it.

    What do you think? Is it a viable set up? Good way to haul a saw?

    Can I get in trouble for re-habing an old trail that is on the Topo maps but looks like it hasn't been used in years?

    Any other suggestions would really help.
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    That is a big saw! Dougs S/U was perfect for CDT. BoB 'Yak' trailer with gas, bar oil, loppers, machete. His was the Eagle Claw brand I think and had a 14" bar.

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    I've got an 18" bar on my Echo and haul it using a similar style seatpost rack like you've got. I don't have a nice bar bag handing off it, I instead hang the bar off the back. It works fine unless the going gets bumpy/rocky. Then it can shift/twist. I periodically need to get off and reposition it. I thought about adding a wooden plywood platform like you have, but I was going to slot the support so the chain and bar stock down and couldn't twist.

    As far as single man cleaning, I managed to clean about 5 miles of Guaje Ridge this spring by myself. I'd estimate 3 sessions of 3 hours each to move, handsaw, or chainsaw about 50 trees. I did two sessions of cleaning where I moved what I could or <10" trees with a 12" folding hand saw. I then came back with the chainsaw and got what was left in the 3rd session. Fortunately, only about 1/3 of the trees were so large they required a chainsaw. Now all that being said, I could potentially be convinced to help out in the effort if you give me enough notice.
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    I sometimes carry an axe in the pack. Gransfors Bruk makes some of the better axes and are quite handy in clearing deadfall.

    Link to a real life comparison between various axes.

    http://www.oldjimbo.com/survival/colaxtest2.html

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    I have a Collins ax and he is right they are some of the nicest I have ever used. It keeps a sharp edge all day. I have a plastic handle on mine, that is a few years old, and should never have to be replaced, it is really light. Great study link above. Correction on the OP, that is not my set up, it is a picture pilfered from here on MTBR, I just thought it was cool and doable. I am going to get the saw sharpened right now, buy the rack and head on up. I will let you know how it goes.
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