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Discussion: Rockpiles

in: dcady; dcady > 2017-09-22

Sep 25, 2017 12:26 AM # 
could disappear in thick vegetation, maybe in overgrown orchards:-). Half life of root stocks...I used to think some 10+ years. Depends on hard or soft wood, size and how needy a mapper is for features. Old Quantico maps had "ancient" (15 yrs +) root stocks, weathered down to, say, 0.5m high. And virtually no rock piles, mostly reentrant and spur and, in places, wait-a-minute vegetation.

DVOA and Quantico A meets this fall, an historical "pass in review" (old Navy OCS term). Would love to make one of them but currently undecided.
Sep 25, 2017 12:54 PM # 
I'll probably skip both. Am course consult for Quantico so time wouldn't count there. Will stick close to home and do Ontario Champs, Half-Raid (if I can find a partners) and maybe some ROC events.

I've gotten particular about rootstocks. For me to put them on the map, they've got to be taller than me; i.e. >= 2 m.
Sep 25, 2017 11:31 PM # 
I'd guess a 2m root stock has a useful O life of 10 years, more or less, depending on exposure to weather. We have a fallen tree/RS out back from at least 10 years ago. The soil has washed away completely but it still has the same height. Now that the roots are soil-free, I've been meaning to make it disappear altogether with a chain saw.

You have excellent Canadian options close-by. In the day, we'd didn't really have second thoughts about driving to DVOA & Quantico or ROC or the Buffalo/Toronto area. I recall getting out of the car at Elk Neck SP in MD in March of 1998 after 10 hours driving. The welcoming spring peepers were the start of a memorable weekend. The temp climbed to 80F. We were on the Chesapeake. Life was good:-).

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