Gunnar Hagen Race Report
Many thanks to Rob Corkran for this awesome Gunnar Hagen race report and photo!
About a month ago the club received a missive about the devastation wrought on the World Cup course at Lillehammer. Accompanying was a rather blithe commentary about how this would have been no problem for a dedicated band of Kongsbergers. Little did the author imagine that the club would soon face such a challenge, not from a single event, but from a cascade of falling trees.
Some time in December the trees started falling and they kept falling for days, then for weeks. Our hard working and dedicated groomer, Nick Whitman and his crew, kept control of the situation for a while, cutting up numerous fallen trees and pushing them from the track. But not without expense; one of his Sno Cats was seriously disabled in the effort. Nick called for help and the Kongsbergers responded. On the Monday and Tuesday preceding the race, first Joe Seemiller and then Chief of Course Don Brooks, assisted by brother Erik, bucked up many, many trees. Apart from Nick’s services, those were perhaps the most important contributions to the completion of a successful race, notwithstanding the fine job of our Chief of Race, Tim Melbourne, and the essential efforts of the timing crew, led by Augustina Harper. Of course others answered the call by cutting off branches and picking up, pushing, rolling, and casting aside the rounds and associated detritus. Most annoying were the branches driven deep into the track on the bottom side of the fallen trees. They were removed by shovel as best could be done since they posed a threat to Nick’s machinery. The Forest Service would have been pleased, given its proscriptions on the use of power tools, to have seen Jeff Clark bucking up logs using a single handled “misery whip,” a 1950’s era trail crew crosscut saw!