Appalachian Trail, Northern Virginia, January 21, 2020 — The thermometer was slinking past 19 degrees this morning when we crunched gravel in the Keys Gap trailhead parking lot. We were on a search and destroy mission to clear six blowdowns on the AT.
The frosty air pinched our noses as we rucked up the chainsaw and all its trimmings. The first blowdown was quick on the march. The white stuff is ice.
The chainsaw makes quick work of these guys.
All clear. The next five were attacked in quick succession.
One side down.
Side two. The round, or the middle chunk of log we removed, had to be cut in half. It was too heavy to manhandle out of the way.
The formula is simple. Convert gasoline to noise. Noise is a catalyst that converts wood to sawdust. Done.