Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Week 10

Crew 1 spent the week working with Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club rehabing Battery Cliffs and the Jack Albright Trail. They put in a few rock steps and some drainage features. The crew spent their evenings off hanging out at Sherando Lake and taking a dip in the Tye River. Another great week with some awesome volunteers!!

Lunch break!

Cleaning out waterbars

Feast put on by the ODATC!! Yum!


Hanging out at a swimming hole

The crew stopped by Rusty's to say hi

Unloading the tools

Making crush

Using the rock bar to move big rocks

Amazing view

Crew 2 travelled down to the Tennessee-North Carolina border to begin work on the Flint Gap to Shelton Graves Relocation. The Carolina Mountain Club brought out the chainsaws and griphoist to clear the way for the crew to start digging. The 2.5 mile hike into the project site was challenging, but it didn't stop this crew from getting a lot of great trail dug. Awesome job crew 2!!

Hanging out at the campsite

In town to check out the Highlands Festival

Bear prints!

Lovely flora along the trail

Club members came out to help clear the corridor

Using a clinometer to measure the slope of the trail

Pickin some greens for dinner!


Digging new trail on the relocation

Great view!

Awesome stream near the campsite

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Week 9

Crew 1 travelled towards Bland, Va where they worked on the Jenkins Trail Rehab. This week was unlike any other in Konnarock this season. The crew loaded up at the trailhead, carrying food, tools and gear on their back and began the 5 mile hike in. Thankfully, quite a few club folks and Czar (the renowned camp coordinator) helped take a load up to the campsite. The crew spiked camp in the backcountry for the week near Jenkins Shelter. They put in some log steps and worked on defining the tread in many areas.

Gearing up for the 5 mile hike in!

Lots of beautiful fauna along the trail....

....and visiting camp the campsite :)

Digging the bathroom for the week!

The crew and some club members hanging around camp

Hanging bear bags... yes that is four buckets of chicken up there!

Thanks PATH for hiking it in 5 miles!

Trying to stay dry under the kitchen tarp!

Cooking dinner!

Defining the sidehill tread

Campsite filled with beautiful ferns

Crew 2 continued on work at Bee Cove near Fontana Dam. They had a bit of rain everyday, but that didn't hold them back! This week the crew completed 18 rock steps, over 80 feet of rock cribbing, 7 log steps and 265 feet of tread definition. They camped at the wonderful Fontana Dam campground and had a great, wet week of work!

Digging a hole for the bottom step

Hanging out at Fontana

Putting tools away for the day

Muddy crew!! :)

Preparing for the rock crib wall


More rock steps

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Week 8

Crew 1 went back to Roan Highlands to continue work on the relocations. They completed over 500 feet of new sidehill, along with 1000 feet of tread definition. They painted on some blazes, completing and opening up one of the new relocations. They spent another beautiful week camped out at Overmountain Shelter. Lucky ducks...

Kickin back in the shelter

Showin off those big muscles responsible for all of the hard work this week!

Doing some dishes in the backcountry kitchen in the barn

Diggin away...

Taking a break along the new trail

View from the shelter

New blaze :)

End of day tool inventory

Crew 2 headed out to the Bee Cove Rehab just south of the Smoky Mountains. The crew enjoyed an awesome campsite just below the Fontana Dam. They put in 11 rock steps, 2 log steps and 28 feet of log cribbing! They also accomplished over 200 feet of tread definition over the week. They'll be back week 9 to continue their work. Check out photos from the week...

Working on the log crib wall

Cutting back the back slope and redigging to make a better hiking surface

Putting in some rock steps

Woo Trail Crew!

Making some crush for the log crib wall

More rock work

The finished crib wall... nice work!

The Konnarock crew season is flying by, but we still have 3 weeks left! It's not to late to sign up!!! This could be YOUR home for a week.....