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Report From the Field - Abajo Peak

May 17, 2013 | Posted in -- The Pepro Blog

Abajo Peak is the highest point in the Abajo Mountains. Located in southeast Utah, this isolated mountain group rises prominently above the town of Monticello, and is an oasis of greenery in the Utah desert. The summit provides a panoramic view of southeastern Utah, Colorado, and the Four Corners region where Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet.

Because of its unique features and surrounding topography, it makes for a very valuable tower location, and hosts several towers at its peak. The tower site used by several agencies for public safety communications was condemned following a RI CASHE audit, and was in desperate and immediate need of an upgrade. Further, it was cost prohibitive to build a new site on the same footprint of the existing structure. Finally, this site being on US Forest Service land, aesthetics were a primary concern. The public, including many who used the mountain for hiking and climbing, would have the right to review the plans, and were very protective of the natural beauty the peak provides.

Pepro’s tower site enclosure provided the central piece of the plan that made a site upgrade possible. Two Pepro fixed site enclosures were specially equipped to work as one Faraday cage-protected shelter that required no new grounding. The site could sit on a cement base with no permanent environmental impact. The tight geological features of the location were no match for the crane-installed shelters, and thanks to Pepro’s uniquely camouflaged clay color – now a standard color for tower shelters on Forest Service land – the site isn’t even visible from the access road, never mind the trails and mountain faces used by the public.

Pepro is an important part of several successful site upgrades across the country, but in few locations was Pepro more important to getting the upgrade done on time and on budget.