Greens Peak 12-2009

December 2009 brought us a major storm here in Arizona, the Weather Service called it an actual blizzard. We received a call from Verizon, to go up to Greens Peak, near Springerville Arizona, across from Sunrise ski resort, which is about 10,212 feet high. Seems that one of Verizon's microwave paths was no longer working, and they needed it fixed pronto.

We finally pulled in at the Green's peak turnoff on hwy 260, some of the road was icy, and it was slow going in many spots because of the ice. The snow plows had cleared us an area along the side of the road so we could drop the snow cat off from the trailer. Tower crew was behind us, and we loaded up and headed up towards the radio sites.

On the way up the road we encountered several trees that had been torn down by the high winds we encountered this night. One of these was about 24 inches thick, about 75 feet long, and a very healthy tree. It was litterly ripped right out of the ground !!!! We had to detour off the road, into the forest and around the tree to continue on up to the hilltop.

I am one of the people responcible for maintaining the "snow stakes" along the Greens Peak access road. Luckily, we were able to get all the snow markers fixed and replaced in late November. This trip would not have been possible without the snow markers showing you where you were drving.

Finally after getting stuck in the snow drifts on the road up the hilltop, we were able to get to the top of the hill.

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This is what we encountered on the way up to and when we finally got to the top of the hill!!!!
50+ mph winds, 14 degrees temperatures, visability was 2 to 3 feet in some spots

After checking the microwave equipment, it was determined that the microwave dish for this circuit was the problem. Needless to say, the tower crew could not climb the tower, and it was determined that we should stay overnight and come back up early in the morning to fix the problem. The storm should be over by then and the wind would allow climbing the tower to fix the dish.

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The tower crew was able to fix the dish, and Verizon was back up on the network again !!!

Another job well done by all those people that work behind the scenes !!!!