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Frenches Dome Update- 2007

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From MaryEllen Fitzgerald at the USFS-ZigZag Station. Contact her directly for more questions. This project was suppposed to be completed 2 years ago. I hope it finally gets done.






Frenches Dome, a rock climbing site up Lolo Pass Rd, will be undergoing

some improvements starting later this month. Retaining walls that will

also function as belay platforms will be constructed. There has been

significant erosion that the rock climbers have tried to manage but more

significant structures were needed. Funds for the project are from

Northwest Forest Passes and from a grant from the Access Fund.


During this construction, access to most of the climb routes will be

closed. The project is expected to start April 23rd and last a month,

although it could run a little into June. Most days visitors can stop buy

and hike down and peek in on the project. Every once in a while the

contractor will need to close the access down into the area when they are

moving signficant amounts of material and such. Visitors are asked not to

go past the construction fencing for their own safety.


This is a construction contract. The contracting officer is Mark LaCroix

and COR - Rob Piehl. I will be inspecting the contract and Edwin Klaasen

is my back up.

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Good to hear. I haven't been up there for a few years, but frenchs dome was always a nice escape on a hot summer day. The hill was slipping away in a few places, so this should be good all around.

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Construction has been finished. All that is left is some new trail work and planting some vegetation, which we hope to recruit some volunteers for the last couple of weekends in June. Tony, the other AF rep, is in charge of the volunteer project. So I'm waiting for him and the USFS to coordinate something.


It is open for climbing, though!!



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