Thank goodness!!They do make a 24" version but for what I need (i.e. trimming branches that would seriously snag the FWC), this should work great. As for larger timber, see back to having a tow strap. I could use this to make a few relief cuts and then pull/break the tree in half and pull the pieces out of the way.
I am not looking to do the "lumberjack" thing.
Nice report and pictures.
Sounds like you kept a level head and actually thought about the situation and worked through a solution. So uncommon any more. So many people out there would have gone with the "sky is falling" mentality.
I would suggest you find a place to store a tow strap all the time, not something you have to "remember" to pack. This should be #1 on any list of items in the vehicle at all times.
Also, on my last trip, one of the guys in our group had one of these. Worked great and I just ordered one to keep in the rig at all times.
Great report! Loved the suspense of it. Buffalo on the road, just seemed perfect!
I was out there with the wife and kids in July 2010. We used the same road that you did for your return trip. I had not thought of that drive much lately, but after reading and seeing your photos, it sure brings back fond memories.
Think back to our trip, just an afternoon trip out to the point. I did have my recovery equipment, winch, strap, chains, and hi-lift. So I felt pretty well prepared for things. I just never gave much thought to the possibility of downed trees blocking the path. And if there had been any, I had nothing with me to cut, except a little 10" flip blade pruner saw.
After reading your report, I now realize, even though I was little bit better prepared then you with my recovery equipment, I should have been better prepared. We made our trip back to the North Rim Lodge just before a storm moved in. Now, thanks to you sharing this adventure, I don't have to really wonder what our situation could have been if the storm would have come in sooner.
Tree cutting equipment will definitely go on my packing list from now on!
Hi Ed ,Dave - your story and the way you extended it over a few posts was great, if not purposely done!
I mean, who can resist picking up a book and continuing to read the next chapter of a good story.
Your adventure and experiece has obviously rekindled the thoughts so many of us have: - did I bring the right stuff? - I, for one appreciate the many added comments regarding removing downed trees. Has anyone any real firsthand experience with either the 18" or 24" buck saws? I'm sure thinking of buying one.
We have joined in with a group that does almost yearly trips to this area, commonly called the Arizona Strip. These are among our fondest camping memories and have visited a great number if not all of the Grand Canyon Overlooks - the trips are usually summertime and minimum of a week. This is a great area to explore and remoteness is its strong point. Hopefully these roads will remain open for our enjoyment.