2011 – Gary Eagle came in with the track hole to stand up towers. A cable was purchase for 8100 dollars from Rigging Specialties – Banff, AB . Darren Hubscher went to Roblin to haul back the motor, cable, counter weight, hauling it on a 23 ft trailer w/no brakes…. Just making it to the top of thunderhill he then had to get the trailer on porcupine trail to the new lift line. John Cotton chain his big tractor to the back of the trailer to slow the down hill slide. As they were about to start down hill John than had no brakes on the tractor……
Well back to standing up towers, all went fairly smooth till the return station. The track hole could not reach high enough so Darren called co-op Agro for the bin crane. Then the support legs were not long enough – so Cliff Grazier sent up his men and welding trucks to cut and re-weld the legs. So at the top of Porcupine we had track hole, tractor, crane, trucks, men – the job got done and everyone safe.
The rush to do this job was Bill Dyck was on his way to splice the cable – which still had to be hung. Oh ya we didn’t have the sieve lined up yet. Carolyn did a fast job of learning how to run a transit – and the sieve are hopefully lined up. Bill Dyck is one of two guys who do splicing in Canada.
Buildings – A motor/lift shack was building by Northern, Minish, Peak Performace, Richard Const. and moved into place by Qwik Lift Towing, Lorne Harness was on hand with his tractor to plow the road across Staples field. Two lift shacks for the top were built by Lyle Eggie and Jack Mitchelson. The motor shed was move in through the field road, but the lift shack were hauled up the road to the top - almost. Lyle lost it on the way up and Carter Harness was called in with their tractor to tow truck and trailer up the hill and unload the two lift shacks.
There were a lot of days through here of a lot of other jobs going on – Frank Markin doing landscaping with his cat, Harvey Baldwin cutting brush measuring unload landings, Edwin Cotton mowing just to name a few.
Onto safety harness – Shane Spencer spending hours and days wiring the safety switches and running wire. Ken Markoski made up the panel box to be housed in the bottom shack. Brett Church worked on the motor to be hooked up to the bull wheel. Also Brett is working on the spring box. Darren Hubscher and Harvey Baldwin working on the muffler installation.
It is January 2012 and getting close to turning the key.
Oh ya – the line drawing and engineering is started for the second lift - - -- -
Old Lift – the winter and summer of 2010 was very wet. Over the winter water continued to flow out of the side bank on No. 5 tower onto the bunny hill. Between No. 4 and 5 tower there was sink hole approx. 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep which was filled with bale from Randy Hart – Valley Livestock. During the summer Zander Zip slide taking out No. 5 as well as No. 8 tower had to be worked on to. Late fall on December 10 and the 12 Les Emmerson arrived with his track hole to repair the old lift line and reset the towers. Ed, Harvey and Carolyn with three days of hauling snow to patch the lift line, Thunderhill was up and skiing on December 17, 2011