The Tunguska event of 2015 – OK, more tree clearing by the ZESA lines

So someone had the idea to run the electricity lines up the bottom of a small inclined valley. Then various trees grew along the valley and up the valley sides. The consequence over time is that the trees along the valley and up the sides have grown up higher than the electricity lines in the valley floor.

Now was the time to recreate the Tunguska event of 1908 in Siberian Russia whereby 2000km2 of forest (80 million trees) were destroyed by the mid-air explosion of a meteor, with no known casualties.

We had to remove all tree that were in danger of being blown onto the power lines. Many were already dead and represented a clear risk as they weakened over time. Some dead pines were already leaning in the wrong direction.

Naturally our efforts to remove the tree should not bring down the power lines. Hence the use of the 6 ton pulley/winch to direct the fall.

Trees and power lines in valley floor

Trees and power lines in valley floor

 

Rope as high as possible up the tree

Rope as high as possible up the tree

 

6 ton winch

6 ton winch

Above you can see there was a twist in the chain preventing it from being cranked all the way up the chain

Checking the winch

Checking the winch

 

Getting the rope as tight as possible before winching

Getting the rope as tight as possible before winching

 

Pull!

Pull!

 

 

Garikai puts up with the press photographer

Garikai puts up with the press photographer. ZESA line at top

 

George enjoying the press interest

George enjoying the press interest. Dead Wattle trees coming down

 

Get ready to chop the tree and crank the winch at the same time

Get ready to chop the tree and crank the winch at the same time

 

It can be tricky to coordinate the cutting and pulling

It can be tricky to coordinate the cutting and pulling

 

Experts on the job

Experts on the job

The outcome of all the demolition – a swath of fallen trees around the power lines

The Tunguska event of 2015

The Tunguska event of 2015

 

Prehistoric life was discovered as having survived the event

Tree fern

Growing tree fern

 

Tree fern leaf unfurling

Tree fern leaf unfurling

 

Heidi, Petra & Barcus

Heidi, Petra & Barcus checking on their ‘pets’ (if you know the story of 101 Jack Russell’s)

The unbearable lightness of beams

Subtitle: Beams for mystery building projects!

We arrive just in time for the start of unloading these hardwood beams. Edmore and Delight are already in action on top.

The start of unloading seligna beams

The start of unloading seligna beams

It takes an 8 ton truck to bring the hardwood beams

It takes an 8 ton truck to bring the hardwood seligna beams

Beams slide off carefully @ 50kg

Beams slide off carefully @ +50kg

Beams slide off carefully @ 50kg

Beams slide off carefully @ +50kg

Musodza in action

Musodza in action on the truck

Two beams at once

Two beams at once join the stack

Stacked on pre-leveled poles.

Tidy stacking

Tidy stacking

Ramius and George unloading

Ramius and George unloading

Manjari

Manjari

Tendai

Tendai

Makanza

Makanza & Saunyama

Several loads later the stack grows

Several loads later the stack grows

Its hard work unloading

End of the day

Tree clearing the ZESA and fencing line

The challenge is two fold and based on the geography.

 

First: the electricity line up from Troutbeck  enters Hornbydale running through the bottom of a small valley. Along the valley sides pine, wattle and gum trees have grown over the last 20 Р30 years. Now they tower over the electricity (ZESA) lines and we are carefully removing them on both sides. The direction of the prevailing wind is of course just right to blow weaker trees onto the line.

Second: some of the same trees are poised to fall right over the line of our new fence – and that would never do!

The picture below sums up these two challenges pretty well…

Trees on the fencing line and above the electricity lines

Trees on the fencing line and above the electricity lines

 

Ramius directing

Ramius directing

Watching the see when the tree will go

Watching the see when the tree will go

 

Begins to fall

Begins to fall

 

Falling

Falling

 

Ramius tidying up

Ramius tidying up

 

Preparing the winch line for the next tree

Preparing the winch line for the next tree

 

Two axe-men start work creating the hinge

Two axe-men start work creating the hinge

 

Time to look up

Time to look up

 

and we are off to the races...

and we are off to the races…

 

Tree coming down!

Tree coming down!

 

 

Ramius standing and watching

Ramius standing and watching

 

Megan with the crew

Megan with the crew

 

Tendai working in wetter weather

Tendai working in wetter weather

 

Saving the log for fire wood later

Saving the log for fire wood later

 

Hamlet the Jack Russell

Hamlet the Jack Russell

 

 

Megan and Julien (pronounced French way)

Megan and Julien (pronounced French way)

 

Looking for the article about the school

Looking for the article about the school

 

 

Tree clearing C to B

Clearing dead pines before they decide to fall on the new fence.

 

 

The winch man - Garikai

The winch man – Garikai

 

George linking up from the tree to the winch

George linking up from the tree to the winch

 

 

The happy woodsmen

The happy woodsmen

 

 

The moment of impact

The moment of impact

 

Next tree

Next tree

 

 

 

 

The chopping begins

The chopping begins

 

until this happens

until this happens

 

 

He's happy

He’s happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fencing Part 6: D to C

Arrive at D, turn the corner and we are heading for C. Now we have to practice our downhill fencing skills.

 

 

Dogs at fencing D to C

Dogs at fencing D to C

 

D to C just before the decline

D to C just before the decline

 

 

George checking the fence

George checking the fence

A serious Garikai

A serious Garikai

 

Ramius nailing while the end of the fence is stretched strand by strand

Ramius nailing while the end of the fence is stretched strand by strand

 

Ramius up close

Ramius up close

 

George manually tensioning for Ramius

George manually tensioning for Ramius

 

Looking back on progress D to C

Looking back on progress D to C

Last pole before the decline

Last pole before the decline

George holding barbed wire strainer

George holding barbed wire strainer

Pulling the extra strainer between high and low poles

Pulling the extra strainer between high and low poles

The team tackles the high to low problem

The team tackles the high to low problem

 

Tightening the high strainer

Tightening the high strainer

Bottom support for the same pole

Bottom support for the same pole

 

More supplies arriving down the steep section

More supplies arriving down the steep section

Garikai

Garikai

A taste of things to come in C to B

A taste of things to come in C to B

And below the Hornbydale entry in the all Zimbabwe Adventure Fencing Competition 2015.

 

The C to B Adventure Fencing Challenge Competition

The C to B Adventure Fencing Challenge Competition

Fencing Part 5: D to E

You have no choice but to endure more and more posts – about more and more fencing! Its that much fun as you can see in the next 3 pictures!

We are using the first 600m as our testing ground – to work on our technique and get it right – ready for more challenging times ahead of us.

 

George and Garikai - enjoy that fence puller!

George and Garikai – enjoy that fence puller!

 

George and Garikai - enjoy that fence puller!

George and Garikai – enjoy that fence puller!

 

George and Garikai - enjoy that fence puller!

George and Garikai – enjoy that fence puller!

 

 

Tendai

Tendai

 

Burying the bottom of the fence

Burying the bottom of the fence

 

and moving stones to hold the bottom down securely

and moving stones to hold the bottom down securely

 

The bottom of the fence is bent outwards and trapped with boulders

The bottom of the fence is bent outwards and trapped with boulders

 

George and Tendai

George and Tendai

 

Bonox veld fence going up

Bonox veld fence going up

 

 

one of our early challenges

Meet one of our early challenges

 

 

Mr Artwell is actually hammering the staple sides together to make sure they are parallel and easy to hammer into the posts

Used as a tool holder

Used as a tool holder

 

 

 

George the senior fencer

George the senior fencer on THAT boulder

 

The hands that built Hornbydale

The hands that built Hornbydale

 

Garikai taking it seriously

Garikai taking it seriously

 

And these days we can’t end a post with pictures of nice poles. (Now more important than doggie pics!)

 

Beautiful poles

Beautiful poles

 

 

Need I say more!

Need I say more!

 

 

 

The pole dipping factor being decommissioned

The pole dipping factor being decommissioned