August 10, 2011
Wilderness crew replaces radio repeater on Mt. Charleston
Hikers familiar with the Mt. Charleston summit will recall,
in addition to the vast panoramas of space and sky, an aluminum alloy structure more
suited to a lunar landscape than a mountain summit.
The Forest Service radio repeater hub was dismantled by the
Southern Nevada Wilderness team (a joint effort with the Forest Service Helitack
crew). The repeater had been out of commission for almost a year and in desperate
need of replacement.
Dismantling the old radio repeater (c) Chris Hensley
To start, the wilderness team backpacked to the Charleston
summit, conducting trail and campsite assessments along the way. After camping in
The Pit for refuge from the unceasing wind, the team used minimal tools to dismantle
the hub early the next day. They then netted the scrap to one-hundred foot droplines
for removal by helicopter. The helicopter was assessed as being the only practical
method of transporting the waste material from the summit.
The new Forest Service repeater, also carried by dropline,
was installed in its place. Painted to resemble the surrounding limestone and with
limestone cobbles and boulders piled around its base, the new structure blends in
much better with its environs.
Bringing in the new radio repeater (c) Chris Hensley
The new repeater will perform its communication functions
with minimal structural interference with the sublime experience of Mt. Charleston's
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Make a difference for Griffith Peak
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, volunteers, and trail users
as they team up with the Forest Service to re-route the user-created trail to the
summit of Griffith Peak. The new route will be a more sustainable trail to the peak
and will reduce the impact on larval and nectar host plants used by the endemic Mt.
Charleston blue butterfly. There are many ways to help. You can:
Join the trail crew and help build the trail
Help restore the old route
Take a day hike up the South Loop or Griffith Peak
Trails to resupply the team with water
Come out and we'll find a way you can help!
the flier (PDF)
Where: Griffith Peak in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness
When: August 22nd - September 5th
For more info and to sign up, call Jose at (702) 203-1720.
While we encourage early sign-ups, on this trip it is OK to call while it is on (August 22 -
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Wilderness education for Boys & Girls Club
The kids really took to the Mt Charleston experience (c) Katie LaCroix
In July, Wilderness Stewardship Interns Chris Hensley and
Mike Doyle visited a local Boys & Girls Club to teach them about wilderness and
wilderness values. This visit was followed up by an exciting field trip to Mt.
Charleston. Many of the kids had never visited the Spring Mountains!
Chris and kid examine the plant life (c) Katie LaCroix
The day was filled with educational activities, a short hike
and awe-inspiring observations. Throughout the day we heard things like:
These trees are so beautiful!
I used to shove sticks in holes in the ground, but now I
know that is someones home and we need to protect it.
It makes me mad that people left trash here!
The air smells so much better here than at home!
Mike listens to a question from an inquiring young mind (c) Katie LaCroix
These future stewards had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and
couldnt wait to share their newfound knowledge with friends and family!
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up lots of fun opportunities
to help your Nevada wildlands heal and prosper. Here are the next several events.
Friday, August 12 — Monday, August 15 Barley Creek Trail maintenance trip,
Table Mountain Wilderness
Stewardship — Clear and maintain the Barley Creek Trail
to help it recover from the long winter and general use.
Friday, August 26 — Sunday, August 28 Santa Rosa Wilderness
Stewardship — Details for this project are yet to
be finalized. One thing is sure, it includes a trip to a beautiful part of Wild Nevada.
Friday, August 26 — Sunday, August 28 Summer of Sheldon: Fence removal project
Stewardship — Help the wildlife and the places they live
on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
Friday, September 16 — Sunday, September 18 National Public
Lands Day on the Black Rock
Stewardship — A family-friendly trip with lots of programs
for the kids and a number of restoration projects for teens and older.
Contact Friends at (775) 324-7667 or by email for
more information or to RSVP for a project.
More projects will be announced as they are scheduled. See
later emails and the
stewardship events page.