Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Parachute, Day 3

The last day of my work scheduled for while in the Parachute, Colorado area.  Yesterday was spent mostly on top of the High Mesa area at the radio tower site where network switches were being upgraded.

I was in learning mode, a fellow network engineer was doing the heavy lifting.

The scenery from the site was "lacking" so no pictures.

Today however we drove to the top of Mount Callahan near Parachute, about an hour long drive on a fairly well graded dirt road with some instances of washboard conditions.  The road is a private road with fairly restricted access, in other words, no chance of riding Valencia up to the summit.

The work on the network switches at the top of Mount Callahan went pretty well, this time I was a bit more involved but my fellow network engineer again did most of the heavy lifting.  I now have a good idea as to the role the microwave radio towers play in the network connectivity of this rugged terrain for the widely dispersed drilling rigs and processing facilities owned by Encana.

I am also happy to report, no spills and a zealous attitude towards protecting the environment by Encana.

Work down, we drove down the hill (we were in an Encana pickup truck) and I managed to get a few shots of the scenery we saw from the narrow shelf road carved out of the mountain.


RichardM said...

Nice photos of the area but all of the pictures seem to be missing that little bit of (orange) color...

Are this trips a regular part of the job?

redlegsrides said...

Yeah, I know, still working on somehow sneaking the URAL up these roads....

The trips will become a part of the job as we deploy gear where needed and I have to go deploy the stuff where needed. Sites are in Colorado, Wyoming, TX, Louisiana mainly.

Unknown said...


Perhaps over time, you may be able to ride Valencia up the washboard, dirt road.

I'm not sure what you had to lift ? but I hope it isn't too heavy

don't imagine many people are allowed to go up there, due to security

Riding the Wet Coast

redlegsrides said...

Bob, that was just an expression, basically he did most of the work while I observed and learned due to the unique (to me) way they network the rigs together in the field.

len@RE-GLAZE-IT said...

Nice dramatic pictures,
Like the way the road carves its way around the mountain.

Does this sort of place see much traffic?

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Len, we saw a water truck at a distance, that was it,

Lucky said...

Stunning photos. I love the fall colors.

Seems like you've found a pretty OK gig!