My house sits on kind of a ridge, and on either side of it is a creek. This is Illinois so not a ridge like the mountains have. The creek on one side has eroded into the hillside and there is a vertical drop of about 8' down to the bed of the creek. If this cliff fell in to the creek my house wouldn't be in danger of falling in but it would be getting close enough it could be a problem if it keeps eroding. This creek is normally small, sometimes very little flow but when it rains it can get a little wild. Long story short I'd like to stop the creek from heading towards my house.
So for the last couple of years I've been dumping over sized gravel over this cliff with my old tractor, a Kubota BX. I recently had 24 tons of rip-rap delivered and need to dump this over the edge. Rip rap is anywhere from softball to bowling ball sized rock. There is a little bit of a hill to drive down to where I am dumping this stuff. Its not a problem to drive up to the edge of this drop off parallel to it, but when you turn to drive up to dump over the edge, it gets a little hairy. You are nosing your tractor up to a vertical drop of about 8 feet. The tractor dies, the brakes fail, it slips into neutral, you push the wrong pedal, your going over that edge. I think this rip rap will stabilize the slope, I've already improved it with what I've done with my old tractor.
So far I haven't had any close calls but it still makes me nervous. I haven't really figured out a way other than to dump the rip rap near the top edge and push it over by hand. Well, that would kind of suck to do with 24 tons. I'm looking for any ideas on how to make this safer and easier.