Monday, May 19, 2008

Week 1 End and Week 2!!

Gotta keep the troops fed!

Ted and Dannon slinging a rock in GA.

Crew 1 enjoying some live music courtesy of Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club.

T-shirts! We love free t-shirts!!

There's no I in log, I mean team...

Trailwork being filmed for a feature in GA news (I'll have details when the feature is posted).

Volunteers Dave and Justin show off their mad rock skillz.

Bob shaping rock with "Peanut Butter and Jelly" (long story)...

Alright! So I missed a final report on Week 1….Anyway, here's some stats from the week:

Volunteer Hours: 952
Log Steps: 40
Log Cribbing: 60 ft.
Tread Definition: 510 ft.

So, on to Week 2!

Christine and the rest of Crew 1 arrived back in camp today after a successful week with the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club working on the Humpback Mountain Rehabilitation. Aside from doing some great work including shaping stone and building rock steps, the crew was treated to a live performance of the "Old Crusty Mistrals," the ODATC band. Christine reports the OCM's played a variety of favorites including "On the Trail Again," "Poison Ivy," and "Icky, Yucky, Sushi."

Ted and crew are taking a couple of restful days at the "R Ranch," a set of cabins in the mountains near their worksite in Georgia. Plans are to rest up and then hit a home game with the Braves in Atlanta. And we should mention that the crew was filmed for a feature in an Atlanta newscast to be featured in a few weeks (we'll let you know when the video is posted).

Till next week…


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Day Three.

Alright! Day three!

So, crews were out in the beautiful sunshine today doing the good work of the Trail. They dug, chopped, crushed and were able to get some major work done. And, while everyone else was doing the standard stuff and group of us were doing some unusual tasks that Konnarock isn't quite as well known for like....

Griphoisting a couch (in the ditch next to the Trail)...

And taking a break while doing it...

Or wrangling (is that a word?!) some horses on VA 603...

But, as I said we did do some "normal trail work...."

Stream side cribbing project during...

Stream side cribbing project after...

Until tomorrow!


Day Two.

The cake says it all.
Handing out Deans 25 year service award.

Theo digs in to set a rock step.

Davis Path Shelter before.

Davis Path Shelter during.

Davis Path platform.

Along with the dinner festivities on Thursday night, the crew celebrated Konnarock's longest Volunteer, Dean Sims 25th year of Volunteering. Dean was awarded a 25 year service award from the ATC in addition to an award for working over 7000 hours!! for the United States Forest Service. The crew is truely grateful for Dean's work over the years and look forward to his involvement for years to come.

Meanwhile, the crews got off to a rainy start yesterday but by midmorning the clouds had parted and crews got to work on their respective projects (while drying out). Crew 1 was able to finish their project for the week by the second day (dismanteling the Davis Path Shelter)! Christine and crew will now head off to do trail rehab for the remainder of the week. Crew 2 is still plugging away at the Route 859 project and anticipates completion by the weeks end.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Day One.

Meet Doug, meet Doug's Jug..

All smiles.

Well, not from today but pretty cool anyway.

Day one has come and gone here at Konnarock Base Camp. After a gigantic meal of fried chicken, sides and desert courtesy of the Mount Rogers AT Club and the Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers (PATH), several folks are ready for bed. However, a core group of Volunteers, new and old, are having fun telling stories of the day and of times past. A great time to be at camp indeed.
Enjoy the photos,