Friday, December 2, 2011

Job Opening!!!

Want to join the staff of the Konnarock Trail Crew?!

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for staff for the 2012 Konnarock Season. The season goes from late April to mid-August.

Get more info and apply HERE.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Registration for the 2012 Crew Season - Coming Soon!!!

Are you intersted in being a part of the Konnarock Trail Crew next season?!
Stayed tuned --- registration goes live December 15th!
Sign up for a week or more of digging in the dirt, building rock steps and meeting some great people from all over!

We're looking forward to a new season and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

End of Season Report

Check out the End of Season report for the 2011 Konnarock Crew season!

Click here to see it

Thanks again to all of the volunteers that came out to be a part of crew this season --- they put in over 7000 hours of work on the Appalachian Trail! We hope to see you again next summer!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Week 10 - Roan Highlands & Flint Gap

Crew 1 went back to work with the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club in the Roan Highlands. They put in several log steps and carried in a lot of gravel to help sustain the tread. They got to hang out with some great club members and even some goats!

Goats grazing the highcountry to help control invasives!

Folks from Tennesse Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club

The Konnarock Crew!

Logs steps and gravel fill

A beautiful place to spend a week working hard!

Crew 2 continued for their third and final week on the Flint Gap to Shelton Graves relocation. They built over 500 feet of new sidehill! The most in a single week on this project this season! Great work! The crew had a lot of fun digging new trail and taking some time to jump in the water to cool off.

Hiking in to the worksite

Cooling off after a long, hot day!

The future Appalachian Trail!

Beautiful moth

The Konnarock kitchen

There's still room for Week 12 - the final week of the season!!! Sign up today and be a part of the Konnarock End of Season Celebration!!!

Week 9 - Dripping Rock & Flint Gap Relocations

Crew 1 headed to work with the Old Dominion AT Club to work on a short relocation moving the trail away from Wintergreen Resort. They built over 1000 ft of new sidehill, put in a few rock steps and even painted on new white blazes! They hung out with the club and had some fun at Sherando Lake, a beautiful place. Check out their photos...

Crew 2!

Sorting out tools before heading in to work

Sherando Lake

Jeff painting on a white blaze

Look over there!

Crew 2 went out for a second week on the Flint Gap to Shelton Graves relocation project with the Carolina Mountain Club. They continued digging away and completed 588 feet of new trail and put in several log steps. It was another fun, wet week!

Digging sidehill

Morgan from the Asheville office came out to work with the crew!

Yay Konnarock!!

One of our amazing volunteers! This could be you!

We still have spots available for Week 12!!

Home for the week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Week 8 - Jenkins Rehab & Dripping Rock

Crew 1 spent the week working with the Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers in Bland County on a rehab project on the trail heading towards Jenkins Shelter. They put in 26 log steps and several log waterbars. They also dug over 250ft of drainage ditch to help keep water off the trail.

Digging away!

Hanging out on the new Laurel Creek bridge!

Having a little fun after a hard day of work :)

Some of our wonderful volunteers!

Ready to head out and work for the day!

Crew 2 spent the week working on the Flint Gap to Shelton Graves relocation in North Carolina with the Carolina Mountain Club. They completed over 300 feet of new sidehill and built in several grade dips. They had a very wet week, but still managed to stay in good spirits and still get a lot of work done!

Morning stretches

Trail Crew is a great bonding experience!

Our great Crew Leaders -- don't you want to spend the week with them!?

Who knew getting dirty could be so much fun!

Beautiful flora on the trail

Digging sidehill

Caching tools at the end of the day

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Week 7 - Beartown Mountain & New River Relocations

After a great 2 weeks of rest (or biking across the state of Virginia, if you're Assistant Crew Leader Jeff!), the Konnarock staff headed back to base camp to get ready for the second half of the season. They started back with two great relocation projects.

Crew 1 went to work for their third week on the Beartown Mountain relocation. They focused mainly on digging new sidehill, but came across occasional rock work projects. 16 rocks steps and 275ft of digging later, the crew finished all but 100 ft of the current relocation section. They have 2 more sections to head back to later in the season. They had a chance to soak in the great views on Roan Mountain and enjoy some live local music as well!

Jeff scoping out the rock steps

Great views!!

Yay Konnarock!

Soaking up some great live music

Measuring the length of sidehill built?? Exactly 48 volunteers long!

You never know what Crew 1 is up too...

Patches from the Tennessee Eastman club! Thanks!

Rare Gray's Lily on Roan Mountain - beautiful!

Konnarock tshirt from '08 - some volunteers just can't get enough!

Sidehille digging - you get pretty good at that on crew!

CREW ONE!! What a great week!

Crew two went to work on the New River Relocation just north of Pearisburg. They had some club members from the Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech join them for a day as well. This week, the crew focused on several large scale rock projects in the area. They put in 22 rock steps and placed 58 stepping stones along a very rocky section of sidehill. They transformed a boulder field into a beautiful but still challenging section of trail. They created and placed 25 cubic feet of crush to fill in the gaps between rocks - that's a lot of sledge hammer swinging! They also got the chance to hang out at Woods Hole Hostel for a potluck dinner! Check out some photos from the week:

Crew Leader Josh!

Yumm... pot luck!

Moving rocks

Crew 2!

Look at that trail! Nice work!

Hanging out at the campsite

Beautiful rock steps!

Wednesday evening at base camp - gearing up for the week!