A few of us did a bit of clean up in the Cirque a couple of weeks ago, now. It has been a busy season up there, and it was good to give a little back. I hiked in Saturday morning only to find that Shingo, Eric, and Mike had already dispersed most of the fire pits. I guess it was a cold morning in the "mid". Better to get out and get moving. Here are some pics from Shingo:
I think the highlight was the discovery of a wag bag buried in one of the fire pits! Ironically, Shingo probably supplied the perp with the bag the week prior. Sad joke, imo.
Next up was the thistle eradication. Not that we could even put much of a dent in the problem up there, but it was a good experiment:
Special thanks to Tom (BDRetail guy) and Adam for pitching in on their way to do the classic Vertical Overhangs link-up.
We spent the rest of the day and the all of the evening burning thistle in the last remaining fire pit.
Next year, if folks take a little time to cut flowers before the seeds mature, and dig up first year rosettes (the thistle is a biennial) we could start to get a handle on it in a few seasons. Shingo cairned the descent below Pete's Staircase. The approach to the summit walls needs work, as well, in order to reduce the disturbance and the spread of the bad plant.
Being up there again on Sunday made it all seem worthwhile. The carpet has turned crimson, the fire pits are gone, the thistle is relegated to the periphery of the main meadow, and the climbing is as good as ever. There is still water, too.
Here's Shingo and Ed on the FA of "Da Black and Gold" from earlier in the season:
Anyone up for an Octoberfest?