Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tumwater Canyon Rockfall

Scott Mitchell just emailed me this photo of a huge boulder that tumbled down the slopes of Tumwater Canyon in Leavenworth this weekend, closing highway 2 for two days. Fortunately, it's not a boulder with established climbs; apparently it orginated about a mile from Leavenworth, several hundred yards North of the Labyrinth area. The Wenatchee World quotes a DOT employee as saying that, after dynamiting, the boulder required 10-12 dump trucks to be removed, putting it upwards of 500,000 pounds!

The boulder was removed, and highway 2 opened, by Sunday afternoon. Here are photos of the boulder's path and the removal efforts, taken from the Wenatchee World:

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