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    Hauling one big rock

    This is similar to a couple of current threads, but unique in that it is a one-off event so a big investment doesn't make sense, and some otherwise impractical methods might be in order considering we would only be doing it once.

    As I have posted before, we use carved stone trail markers for the trail. In all cases, we've either driven most or all the way in a truck or "Razor". Some have been hauled on my shoulder for a few hundred feet.

    This one is big and heavy (more than 200 pounds)...

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    and the location is several thousand yards from the nearest vehicle access, then 200 feet up a 30% grade; or, if we come at it from the other direction, a couple of miles, then up a 15% grade. Safety on the slope is a concern, as is the crack in the rock; a fall might split it.

    I'm thinking that packing it in by foot is probably our best bet. A litter or backboard, with a hauling line on the front to help on the hills. Of course the litter with the wheel would be good, but again, this is a one time deal, so that doesn't seem to make sense.

    Other than the ideas already suggested in the other posts, anyone have a better idea?

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    Well guess I exaggerated that one, it's only 80 pounds! Can probably do this in a backpack.

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    For big rocks and a 1 man show I have utilized a "drag board". 3/4" plywood cut down to trail width and appropriate load length with several holes drilled through it for lash/tie down straps and haul straps. Cheap and easy to construct and slides well over rough terrain. Cut and drill the board for your terrain and carry needs. Roll/lever rock on to board + tie/lash it down and drag away. Grunt work but way easier than carrying it on your back over uphill distance. Easy to clean up/erase the drag marks after the work is done.

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    I wondered if anyone had tried that, thanks 11!

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    Cool trail marker!

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    Even if you're strong, 80lbs is a lot on either one of those slopes. I made a rock sling out of ~$80 worth of load straps that I've used to lift rocks with a mini-ex, or run poles through and use as a four man lift to haul somewhat lighter loads. I'd go with that as a 4 man lift pretty quick on a load this size over the distance and terrain you're talking about.

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    For 80lbs, a sturdy backpack.


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    What about a game cart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Even if you're strong, 80lbs is a lot on either one of those slopes. ...
    You're right of course, even hiking up with a bike is a struggle but I think the steep part of the trail is too narrow for a 4 man lift. (BTW, the trail name is intended to be ironic :P)

    I'm liking 11's idea of the drag-board, at least for the steepest part. That way, a break would simply involve stopping, rather than having to figure out how to lower then raise the load, which I imagine could get exciting especially when exhausted. We could still have accomodations for 4 haulers where space allows.

    We might just put it at the bottom, though I still think we should put it up top :P

    FWIW I ran across this one in my browsing. Similar to the one that showed up in Speedychix's "Wheelbarrow" thread, but different. Pretty cool, has a brake. There have been two injuries this past year where this would have been handy. Would have been cheaper than the helo they called in for one of them.

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    Only 80 lbs? I've hauled 300lb rocks up 45 degree slopes.

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    Then you da man! man. o7

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    Quote Originally Posted by abaughman View Post
    What about a game cart?
    That was one of the suggestions in the other post that I considered. This trail is too narrow for a two wheeled axle, so a single wheel version would be the only option, like this one
    Hauling one big rock-single-wheel-elk-deer-cart-l.jpg
    but again, this is a one-off event, so a $500 purchase is not in the cards; still, I like it

    Another concern is controlling it on the steep slope. A brake on the wheel will not be enough, as I have demonstrated trying to ride down it... LOL The last 200 feet is difficult to simple walk up. Each step must be carefully placed or dug in. Quite "thrilling"... lol

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    Got snow? Sled or snowmachine or both? Power wheel barrow? 80 lbs is not that much. Mesh cross straps with poles on both sides, 2 workers on each side. So really steep pitch to finish? Strap it into a wheel barrow, just the carrying part. Or make a box frame for it. Use a come along/ portable winch to get it to the top? Block and tackle?

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    I'm going to get this done for you, really. Pack mule? Try this, get a case of beer, start a fitness contest, ya know those guys that crawl through mud and flip tractor tires. Put the beer at the top of the hill, winner of longest carry gets the beer?

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    LOL love it! Bet this would work too!

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    The best way I've found is to get ahold of a 500' roll of rope and some pulleys. Put the rock in a sack or tie it with 1" webbing and move it 200' at a time. Use gasoline/vehicle power if available. Cut the path into sections and move it the best way available on each section.

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