Beautiful autumn weather provided perfect conditions for the second day of STSA’s March working bee at Mt Mawson. A good turn out of enthusiastic volunteers meant that good progress was made on replacing the damaged Uni rope tow – thanks to all those who answered the call out for assistance.
Master splicer Julian Oakes lead the splicing party, with Steph Zeliadt, Jacob Virtue and Sebastian Rainer all learning the complexities of the end-for-end splices needed to provide a continuous rope.
The next task was transporting the rope to the Uni slope, and then having a large number of people, pulling, untangling and sorting the rope to get it through all the pulleys and to the top of the mountain and back. With lots of willing helpers the work progressed well, and three new coils of rope were used to replace the full Uni rope. One splice remains to join the two ends and complete the job.
In between the rope work, volunteers commenced the work involved in replacing badly degraded snow fencing on the traverse across from Mawson to Uni tows. It was a big work out carrying the heavy sleepers up to the worksite, as well as carrying out old damages beams and slats. At the end of the day one frame had been completed ready for slatting at the next working bee.
On Monday Craig Larsson, Sebastian Rainer and Liz Koolhof continued on with some repair and painting work on the Rodway tow hut. Liz tells us the fagus is already starting to turn on the Tarn Shelf!
Overall it was a great working bee over the weekend, with a great community spirit shown which characterises the Mt Mawson Ski Field. It is also a great relief to get a new rope onto the Uni tow before the snow arrives. A bit thanks to everyone who helped – the ski field is looking great!