27.11.15 (for breaking trail news visit our Facebook page).
Work commenced last week on the new Exodus track linking the current top of the Alpha track back to the top of Sequence. There has been some very steep terrain and quite a bit of rock to test Andrew and Gary's skills on the diggers, but progress has been rapid. Amazing work by these guys and Chris who, as always, is there hand grooming and finishing behind the diggers as well as keeping the guys on the diggers going in the right direction.
The key to the trail was to find a route through a major gully involving 3 creek crossings and this has now been achieved with the rest of the route now more straightforward. Exodus is intended to be 2-way if we can keep to acceptable grades on the terrain.
Exodus crosses a very steep side slope before crossing the native gully
Andrew creating a corner in the native gully
Meanwhile higher up in the forest Rick is working his way down what will be an upper extension of Alpha that will provide an uphill route to the top of the forest. This will open up routes for new downhill tracks higher up in the forest.
Rick's digger parked on the Alpha extension
Rob inspects the easy grade of the Alpha extension