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Eric Willhite
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PostMon Feb 04, 2019 9:28 am 
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On Saturday, Redwic and I visited the Bacon Point Lookout site near Marblemount. Only one footing was above the ground, the other 3 took quite some time to find, buried deep in the dirt. The tower legs stood until maybe just 10 to 15 years ago.

BACON POINT LOOKOUT SITE TRIP REPORT

Lookout during AWS 1942-1943.
Lookout during AWS 1942-1943.
Route map
Route map
No trees in 1935
No trees in 1935
Big and Little Devil Peaks
Big and Little Devil Peaks
Oaks and Acorn
Oaks and Acorn
Lookout site today
Lookout site today
eyebolt and tower leg
eyebolt and tower leg
phone line on tower leg
phone line on tower leg
Tower leg fallen and wedged between 2 younger trees
Tower leg fallen and wedged between 2 younger trees
The one footing above the ground
The one footing above the ground
The one footing (& a tower leg) after moss removed
The one footing (& a tower leg) after moss removed
a few insulators found on the phone line that dropped down the hillside
a few insulators found on the phone line that dropped down the hillside

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PostMon Feb 04, 2019 11:06 am 
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Never knew there was a lookout site in that area!

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PostMon Feb 04, 2019 12:02 pm 
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Ground sleeping room. Did the Army think towers were just too cold to sleep in in the winter? Are should be stayed off of during big snow storms?  Did they assign one person to each station or two?

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PostMon Feb 04, 2019 1:51 pm 
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Pyrites wrote:
Ground sleeping room. Did the Army think towers were just too cold to sleep in in the winter? Are should be stayed off of during big snow storms?  Did they assign one person to each station or two?

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I have several generic AWS documents saying that they thought there was just too much noise in the lookout from it moving around.  The job was more to listen for aircraft, then spot them.  So while in the ground cabins, if they hear any aircraft, they would jump out and spot, climbing the tower if necessary.  Other documents hint that some of the towers were to dangerous to climb in the winter, so a mix of both.

Yes, 2 observers.  Additional living quarters were often built so one could sleep peacefully while the other did observations and all the reporting by telephone.

See this page for more info:
WINTERIZING

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PostMon Feb 04, 2019 2:58 pm 
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as much as i like trees, those 30's and 40's views look pretty nice.

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PostMon Feb 04, 2019 7:01 pm 
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Thanks.

As soon as you say listen, then spot, it makes sense. Even one of those plane flying over is still loud enough to make you wonder ‘what is that’ and step outside to see.

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PS. Crislers photo on a fine day still look cold. On long dark windy nights I doubt it was so pleasant.
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PostTue Feb 05, 2019 5:44 pm 
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Same approach to winter route Oakes Peak? Thanks

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PostTue Feb 05, 2019 8:19 pm 
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Bootpathguy wrote:
Same approach to winter route Oakes Peak?

Yes, at least for the trip reports I have.  I do have a strong desire to do Oakes in the winter on a seller day since it has such great views.  If anyone cuts a path up though the snow, please post so the rest of us can follow.

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PostTue Feb 05, 2019 11:23 pm 
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Eric Willhite wrote:
Bootpathguy wrote:
Same approach to winter route Oakes Peak?

Yes, at least for the trip reports I have.  I do have a strong desire to do Oakes in the winter on a seller day since it has such great views.  If anyone cuts a path up though the snow, please post so the rest of us can follow.

Thanks

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PostSat Feb 09, 2019 8:20 am 
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Eric Willhite wrote:
The tower legs stood until maybe just 10 to 15 years ago. 


I visited the site in March of 2000 and I don't recall  which remains were present other than foundation blocks and the phone line. I can't remember what position the timbers were in but if some were standing I think I would remember.
I wish now I had kept detailed records like you do, Eric.  Then I was only interested in just a personal visit but not for history to pass along.  I wish I could ' redo.'

Edit: As Redwic notes below,  the old phone wire was evident. I found the site in 2000 by following the phone line.

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostSun Feb 10, 2019 12:40 am 
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This was a fun outing. As much as I liked finding the various remnants, I had the most fun tracking the estimated path of the downslope telephone line, then finding it and following it until near the road.

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PostMon Feb 11, 2019 3:09 am 
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Great photos and nice sleuthing.

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PostWed Apr 17, 2019 12:56 pm 
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Thanks again for the helpful info.  We found the start of the trip last summer on our way home from HLLO, but it was such nasty weather that we put it off for another day.
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PostThu May 09, 2019 12:10 am 
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Eric Willhite wrote:
See this page for more info:
WINTERIZING

Fascinating!  Brings their winter experience alive.  Thanks for sharing your passion, Eric.

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PostFri May 10, 2019 11:51 am 
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Love that area
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