Louis Red Cloud needed a little rope on Saturday.

Some zip ties, and 170 feet of LED lighting were also in order.

When you’re hanging 40 feet in the air from rope attached to 3-inch pipe atop of a basalt cliff, most might also need a change of underwear.

Louis, however, seemed fine.

His dad, Gabe, made sure he had what he needed as he attached the LED rope lights to the top of the Fun Group’s Christmas star. He then strapped into his own climbing belt, and the tandem began removing the old lights and affixing the new.

Kurt Conger had set up all the supplies and noted the new lights would reduce total wattage use from 3,000 watts to just 300 watts, while providing more luminance for all of The Dalles to see when the star is lit the day after Thanksgiving.

Ground crew, made up of Terry Nelson, Ross Bailey, David Jacobs and Jim Bergstrom, tended to the generator and removing old incandescent lighting from the bottom of the star.

But alas, no project does not go without at least one trip to the hardware store. Bailey journeyed off for additional zip ties and returned to bring the project to completion. He was lucky. He got two hikes up and down the steep 100-yard hill, complete with scree and slippery cheat.

It was the third work party of the donation-based Fun Group this year, which has been lighting stars in the Community for more than 25 years.

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