Tuesday June 27th. Collecting rocks below the cliffs
on the Hudson River Greenway near Haverstraw beach

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Putting the big rocks into the truck

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Back at the worksite with the truck full of rocks

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One truckload of rocks… . delivered

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Now that‘s a nice pile of rocks

but we will put them to use very quickly

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It‘s Friday morning back at parking lot D

With poor air quality today, some volunteers are wearing masks

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That‘s a lot of rocks

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Marty has our tools ready to go

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Early morning safety meeting is a must

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Discussing what we want to accomplish today

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The first rock of the day is a step for Russ

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And away it goes

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Now we‘ll move the crib-wall rock
left behind last worktrip

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Let‘s move it up to the crib-wall

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And place it gently on top of the last crib-wall rock

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It‘s 10:30 and time for our safety break

We are happy to have so much shade for our break

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Erik‘s new idea is an old barrel made into a sled or tub

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Tub hooked to the high-line

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And up the hill it goes

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All the way up to the first turn

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While that‘s going on,
Russ and Rich continue building the steps

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With the tub empty, the rock is shifted into place

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Zac and Kevin stop by to see our progress

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The next big crib-wall rock is on the line

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Jeff holds it in place while the lines are removed

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It takes a little adjustment to make it right

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It has to fit tightly to be secure and sustainable

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Marion, Tabatha and RC
clearing out a section for new steps

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End of day crew meeting
with Marion handing out some snacks

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Saturday morning meeting in parking lot D

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Today‘s crew gathers together at the worksite
for our morning safety meeting

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Terri will be in charge of the belay today

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Russ is ready for step number 14

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Step number 14 is up and ready

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While step 14 is being set in place,
Tom digs a hole for the next crib-wall rock

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Terri keeps the step in line
by holding the belay nice and tight

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The next big crib-wall rock is in the air

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Look at that, what was it&quest
was that an UFO&quest

No, not really it was a local resident flying a drone

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The next crib-wall rock is on the line

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It‘s a big one and Terri will control it with the belay

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Terri holds on tight as it moves up the line

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Next up is Erik‘s tub with several small rocks

Small only as compared to the large crib-wall rocks

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It‘s in the air and waiting for the rope puller
to pull it up into place

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Checking the spot for the next big crib-wall rock

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The next big crib rock is extricated from the pile

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Now ready to be lifted into position

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Tension puller, slack hoist, hold belay

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Next task is to setup high-line #2

We really need it. high-line number one has reached its limits.

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Polecat Bob, climbs to the top of the ladder

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That‘s our Bob up there,
can you go a little higher?

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The last rock of the day,
and it‘s a gargoyle rock for our steps

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End of day crew meeting and we all agree
we had a very productive day

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It‘s Sunday morning, Erik asks,
can we finish this crib-wall today

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On crib-wall #1,
we have only this section left to complete

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Russ and Erik work to complete the steps
supported by the crib-wall

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The next big crib-wall rock is ready to go for a ride

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Poor sling placement is making this a difficult lift

When the rock is on the ground, it is difficult sometimes to determine the center of the weight

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We have attached high-line #2
and are using the rope puller to pull it into position
as Russ tries to keep his footing on the slippery hillside

Rain last night has made our worksite very slippery

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The view from the belay

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Hold belay, slack hoist, there it is, it‘s in

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Looks like it needs more support
we‘ll attack that after break

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Break time Break time,
time to take a little… .safety break

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After break, we build in more support

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Using Eric‘s truck to rearrange our rock pile

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The next step rock goes for a ride

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Without a rope-puller attached,
Jack just pushes it uphill

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Ahh Lunchtime break in the shade

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After lunch the next big rock is ready
to go for a ride on the high-line

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Up up up it goes

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And placed on top of the crib wall
this will be the last rock for this weekend

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We got a lot of work done this weekend,
our project is coming along nicely

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That section we wanted to get done today,
mission accomplished

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Friday morning to Sunday afternoon

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We sure used a lot of rocks this weekend

Looks like we will be needing another rock delivery before our next crew outing

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