For those hikers who don’t know, there is a laudable effort to re-roof the tower on Granite. Hence, there’s a significant amount of old school roofing material that needs to be hauled up the mountain. An initial effort was made to haul it up using llamas. Unfortunately, llamas are known for having a “what’s in it for me” attitude. So once the llamas realized that they were only welcome to help in the work, but would not be welcome inside the tower once repaired, they declined to further participate and a “lay-down” developed. (Apparently, it was primarily one “troublemaker” llama named Norma Rae who started the whole movement - or lack of movement to be more accurate.) Hence, there’s still about 3/4 of the material to haul up.
I give mass props to the Snoqualmie Fire Lookouts Association though. After the llama drama, they likely realized that there was a good chance some robust hiker would be swinging by Granite today. So they just happened to leave a big bundle of roof shingles next to the trail. And wouldn’t you know it - that bundle somehow ended up on the summit. Some totally anonymous robust hiker/pack mule must have hauled that heavy bundle to the top (along with the full haversack that hiker was likely already carrying.) I guess we will never know who it was. ;) Well played, SFLA, well played!
There were actually two other bundles already at the tower when the third bundle mysteriously arrived very close to the time I summited. ;) Each seemed just a few shingles lighter than the bundle that I … I mean the third bundle that some unknown hiker hauled up. (Smart move by the earlier two for sure.) But the point is that there were three separate hikers, each one seeking to assist the community without seeking any acknowledgement for their/my quiet, unsung efforts, and whose identities we shall never know. ;) My modesty prevents me from thanking all three, but I can say thank you to the two hikers that picked out those two lighter bundles. Thank you!
Apparently, the SFLA is looking to set up a “haul day” for hikers to carry the rest of the materials to the summit. That’s a great idea. I just wish they had come to me first. Between me and my many community-minded readers, it should be no problem. I just have a few suggestions. First, the bundles should be made a bit smaller/lighter so that even average hikers can participate.
Second, make sure to have some cord to attach these bundles to packs. I did not have any cord today, but most hikers are not going to be able to do what I did, which was to haphazardly carry the bundle in my arms like my dad might’ve carried my mom’s school books back in the olden days. (Now that I think of it, he was like five years older than her, so hopefully that never actually happened.)
Third, I’ve heard rumor of coffee cards for carriers. Don’t insult my readers. We don’t do it for the fame, fortune or free coffee. Just knowing we did something for the community is good enough for hikers like me, and for hikers like my readers. (But if you insist on the coffee cards, I assume the anonymous hiker from today will get an additional one?) Just let us know the dates.