Monday, 30 November 2009

Bridge To Nowhere (Trail Building Sunday 29th November)

As time is matching on, we need to get cracking on the timber work that will cross the swamp at the bottom of Rainbow Valley. I’d already sketched out a design so last week a small group headed over there to make a start. After looking at the site and mulling over the design, we tweaked it slightly but I reckon it will still provide a techie start to the climb out of the valley.

Rain made cutting timber hard work but we temporarily erected the first few spans of the bridge to get a feel for it. It may not be as high as the black boardwalk as Llandegla, but it could give vertigo suffers a few scary moments! We’ll be completing the frame work over the next few weeks and then deck it at a later date.

This week, Dave and I armed ourselves with cordless drills and enough fixings to start a small ironmongers then headed back to the bridge, Our mission was to replace the temporary screws with proper fixings – all thread and coach bolts. After a couple of hours sliding around in the mud, the job was a good ‘un before more pressing needs meant we headed back to join the rest.


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