We have now completed all of roads we will be using for RIM
this year. See photos below. Thanks to Larry Price, general
engineering contractor, for the use of the motor grader!
Grading the Rim Roads for Competitors – Meet
For two decades Rim of the World has enjoyed the generosity of the Angeles
National Forest’s Engineering Department, which has ensured that the
Rim roads were among the first done during their spring maintenance. With
near-catastrophic budget and personnel cuts in the past two years, those
days are over. Their solution is to allow Rim to grade its own stages. Rim
must hire one of their few approved contractors, as the Angeles roads have
unique drainage dips (the infamous “waterbars”) that require
unusual skill from the grader operator.
Fortunately Rim has been able to hire Gil Robledo, a retired Forest Service
employee who developed near-legendary status as an Initial Attack Fire Dozer
operator. “Gil could put that dozer down a hill that no one else would
dare try,” says one colleague. Motor graders didn’t provide
enough of a challenge for Gil, but flanking fires in a bulldozer and saving
lives and property did, for twenty years. He admits that a fire rushing
at you with the sound of a freight train “is the scariest thing in
your life,” especially considering that thirty years ago dozers had
open cabs, and nomex fire suits weren't standard equipment. Since he retired,
Gil can’t resist various operating jobs – he’s just not
the type to sit around. Fortunately for Rim, grading the rally stages was
a fun extra project he was happy to take on!