There was a ton of activity up on Spillway today, so we’ll start at the bottom and work our way up. Like we mentioned earlier, yesterday we started pounding apart the remains of the bottom terminal with an absurdly huge jackhammer, and today we finished the job. The bottom Spillway terminal is no more…
With the base terminal in pieces, the next order of business was to begin to take down the towers. While the excavators worked to cleanup the remnants of the terminal, another crew headed about 8 towers up to begin the process of taking the towers down. In order to bring down the towers, we simply used a torch to cut the bolts attaching the tower to the footing, and allowed gravity to do its thing. By the end of the afternoon we had a total of eight towers on the ground, and we’ll work to finish the rest by the end of the week.
Some of the material from the towers will be re-used around the mountain where appriopriate, in things like bridges and railings, while the rest will be sold for salvage. For the time being, we’ll drag them out of the way using a little army-tank-type track vehicle, normally used for dragging snowmaking pipe up the mountain.
And while that crew was bringing down towers, our chainsaw crew was also hard at work along the Spillway trail. The western treeline on the Spillway trail needs to be moved back slightly to make room for the new lift line, so our trail crew has spend the past couple of days cutting back several feet of brush, all the way from the bottom of the trail, to the top.
Stakes like this one mark the locations of the new towers.