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Psst… Wanna buy a trig point?

By 19 November 2012 17

trig point

Whilst walking up Mt Taylor this morning I noticed that the trig point at the summit had been removed. It was a professional job, the legs had been sawn through cleanly at the base leaving only four concrete blocks.

I thought it might have been removed by TAMS because the original trig point on the mountain was replaced in the late 1970s by the one that was there up till now. Maybe a new model was on its way, so I thought.

During the time I was there three men came up and one said that the trig had been removed by vandals. If so, why? It isn’t valuable and what would you use it for? Where would you keep it? You couldn’t put it in your garden as someone would see it and immediately know it was stolen and notify the authorities.

So does anybody in the RA community know what happened to the Mt Taylor trig? Are there any plans for it to be replaced or will the summit remain unmarked?

Above: After removal.
Below: Before.

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17 Responses to Psst… Wanna buy a trig point?
#1
johnboy12:31 pm, 19 Nov 12

I’ve long thought a smart government would install GPS transponders on trig points to create some resilience and redundancy should something unfortunate happen to the orbital system.

#2
NoImRight12:35 pm, 19 Nov 12

It cant be vandalism becuse its not logical? Thats almost the reason vandalism exists.

#3
Ozi12:56 pm, 19 Nov 12

Bloody idiot thieves. That trig point was a great impromptu chin up bar after a run up the mountain.

#4
Simmo1:03 pm, 19 Nov 12

End of year Uni/Yr 12 scavenger hunt?

#5
Grrrr1:25 pm, 19 Nov 12

johnboy said :

I’ve long thought a smart government would install GPS transponders on trig points to create some resilience and redundancy should something unfortunate happen to the orbital system.

The “orbital system” is now 3 systems and counting – GPS, GLONASS, Galileo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System#Other_systems … It has global resilience and redundancy. Recent GPS devices (including phones like the iPhone 4S, Galaxy Note) have GLONASS receivers.

Earth-bound transmitters – on trig points – would have to be a different (or possibly complementary system ala D-GPS) and would require additional equipment at additional cost. Implementing such a system locally rather than globally would provide little economy of scale, so even greater cost..

#6
Ozi1:37 pm, 19 Nov 12

Grrrr said :

The “orbital system” is now 3 systems and counting – GPS, GLONASS, Galileo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System#Other_systems … It has global resilience and redundancy. Recent GPS devices (including phones like the iPhone 4S, Galaxy Note) have GLONASS receivers.

Earth-bound transmitters – on trig points – would have to be a different (or possibly complementary system ala D-GPS) and would require additional equipment at additional cost. Implementing such a system locally rather than globally would provide little economy of scale, so even greater cost..

don’t mind johnboy – he’s just worried about the reptoids coming and blasting all our satellites out of existence, leading to a dark age of technological failure.

#7
Aeek2:16 pm, 19 Nov 12

One trouble with GPS and other remote location systems is they assume that the ground doesn’t move. Biq quakes can change the land that is within a boundary designated by such a system.

#8
poetix2:37 pm, 19 Nov 12

Now it just looks like the world’s most boring henge. Though it would be convenient for a picnic, if the vandals had taken the poles right off so they didn’t ruin the seats.

#9
Postalgeek3:20 pm, 19 Nov 12

poetix said :

Now it just looks like the world’s most boring henge. Though it would be convenient for a picnic, if the vandals had taken the poles right off so they didn’t ruin the seats.

No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains…
and Canberra now has an 18″ high henge. Excellent.

#10
bundah3:24 pm, 19 Nov 12

We now have the foundation for someone to build a henge proper like guvnor.

#11
Jamekins4:05 pm, 19 Nov 12

I doubt it was stolen. I saw it neatly lying on its side for a few days next to the concrete mounts and after a few days it was gone. It looked like only three of the mounts had been sawed off and that the last had rusted and decayed over time (I didn’t take close enough of a look) so I think it is more likely that I was being replaced. I hope it comes back because it was great for chin ups as said.

#12
poetix4:41 pm, 19 Nov 12

The Centenary Henge…The Archer Henge…Gallagher’s Folly…

Trigonomenclature Rocks.

#13
Pork Hunt7:10 pm, 19 Nov 12

poetix said :

The Centenary Henge…The Archer Henge…Gallagher’s Folly…

Trigonomenclature Rocks.

My Kiwi mate reckons you’re unhenged…Or was it my Seth Efrican mate? I’m confucious…

#14
littlevixen11:01 am, 20 Nov 12

we were up there about a month ago and the Trig was lying about 20 meters away from it’s original location in the middle of the rutted dirt track. Then the week after that someone had moved it again and it was halfway down the newly resurfaced “road” at the top of the hill. A couple of days later it had moved again.

#15
FioBla12:09 pm, 20 Nov 12

Worlds worst pergola.

#16
SpACEman1:24 pm, 20 Nov 12

Does anyone remember the time back in about 1994 when some clowns spray-painted the trig station above Oxley bright gold? It would strongly reflect the afternoon sun and was quite dazzling.

#17
Roundhead8911:29 am, 27 Nov 12

I was driving in Pearce today and looked up at the mountain and it appears the trig point is back up there. Maybe a shiny new one. The familiar round black spot next to the panoramic map. I’ll have to take another hike up there to see the new arrival. Ah, the power of RiotACT!

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