Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Interest: Board games, Eurogames, Python, Plone and Jeeps.
Trail clearing gear: tool recommendations?
What would people recommend taking in a kit for doing trail clearing work?
Specifically, I am just thinking about trail clearing and maintenance, not trail building. So brushing out undergrowth, clearing fallen alders, and repairing a bit of erosion. Even more specifically, I am thinking about brushing out the last kilometer or two of old logging road that leads up to the Capilano/Beth Lake trail, so that it's feasable to bike right to the trail head.
For clearing underbrush, I was thinking maybe loppers are the best? Are loppers with telescoping handles useful, or do they just tend to break when used with heavy underbrush? What about those loppers that have the long, straight blade instead of the curved one - are those quicker or are they too weak to cut through must underbrush?
For clearing fallen alders or other small trees (with a trunk size of 2-6", nothing so big that you'd need a chainsaw), is a bow saw or an axe preferable?
For repairing trail erosion, I imagine a shovel is best, although one could move some dirt with a pulaski and combine two tools into one. But is that just going to dull the pulaski and generally just be more work than the convience of not having to haul around two tools?
Anyone recommendations on specific brands or tools or places to shop would be appreciated.