use a wide variety of tools to accomplish our jobs. We pride ourselves
in building hiking trails and other outdoor infrastructures in remote
locations using primitive tools and techniques. This section of our
site brings you some of those tools that we use in these remote
locations and also the equipment we use in a normal environment. A lot
of our tools have the ability to be backpacked to these remote
locations so that we can put the best quality into our work without
damaging the environment.
When we build our trails we use several different
methods and tools to complete the job. Depending on the specs of the
trail and the location the trail is in decides what we use to build the
trail. We have several machines that are used for trail
construction. One of our machines is for heavier construction
and it is a CAT Excavator. This machine is 51 inches wide with tracks
that can be narrowed down to 39 inches. We have several
accessories for this excavator. We use a tilt bucket made
just for this machine, we have a breaker made by NPK, and an auger for
drilling post holes.
We also use a Sutter 500 Trail Dozer.
This machine is purpose built for trail construction.
We think the perfect combination of trail machines for
construction is the Sutter followed up by the Excavator doing the
finish work. These machines together will give you an
excellent hiking trail with a smooth finish for a safe and easy walk.
For moving materials we use several different type
of carriers. We have a Yanmar Dumper that is 3 foot wide, has
a 3 way dump, and
can carry about a ton of material. We also use a DR Power
Wagon for when the trail isnt suitable for the Yanmar Dumper.
After completion of a trail, we will compact the
trail with a double drum vibratory roller. We use a Bomag,
but they are all similar.
Depending on the type of forest we are in, if it
is a wilderness type or low impact, we use the commonly used tools for
trail building a Pulaski tool and fire rack. We have done many projects
that require the use of these types of tools and so we have a vast
collection of hand tools for building trail. This includes tools like
Pulaski, fire rake, snipes, pole saw, spud, pry-bar, etc.
We also do trail work were it requires us to move
large rocks and to do so where we are unable to use heavy machinery.
For this type of work we use manual labor with spuds and pry-bars.
Though, we also have some lighter machinery to move these types of
rocks. One tool that we use for this type of work is a chain-saw winch.
With this winch we have an extensive collection of blocks, cables, and
slings for rigging and anchor points. We also use hand winches to help
move rocks and for pulling stumps and other obstacles on the trail.
Before the initial ground breaking of a new trail
you need to clear the brush from the planned route of the trail. We
have a wide variety of clearing machines from a BCS to DR walk behind
tractor mowers. Depending again on the location and specifications we
might use a weed eater for tight areas were we couldn’t get a mower
through. If in a Wilderness area we have “idiot sticks” for clearing.
We have a wide range of electrical tools that we
use for timber construction. For this type of work we have a small and
large generators that can either be backpacked or carried by a couple
We also do a lot of rockwork that requires us to
either pin the rock to the ground or that requires the rock to be
broken. For this we use a Skidril that can be backpacked into a remote
location on a pack frame.
We do our own trail assessment and mapping.
For mapping we use a GIS compatible mapping program and for
site maping we will use a Stonex GPS mapping unit that has a stationary
GPS antenna for greater accuracy. For Bridge construction we
can connect our Total Station to this same GPS system.
In the future we hope to have more pictures on
this page showing our tools in use.