05/16/13 - 6:44pm
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (AP) — Bill Hawley of Washougal started the field session of his class on water crossings at the Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College with an introduction of the tools and a safety chat.
Hawley picked up a six-tined rake, of sorts, called a “McLeod.”
Rule No. 1: Put the McLeod a safe distance away from when not using it.
“That’s six sucking chest wounds if you fall upon it,” Hawley explained to the 15 volunteers about to repair a wet area on Gorge trail No. 400 near Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.