Friday, June 29, 2012

Half way there...

It's hard to believe the Konnarock Crew has finished up the first 6 weeks of the 2012 season!  While our crew staff enjoy a two week break, we are compiling data and photos to brag about all the awesome work they've done so far!  

Mid-Season Stats:

  • 96 volunteers have contributed 3,840 hours of work so far -- WOOHOO!
  • The Konnarock Crew has installed 238 rock steps and 82 log steps
  • They've dug over 2,300 ft of new trail and redefined another 2,200 ft

What could make the second half of the season any better?! If YOU signed up for a week or more! We're still looking to fill spots for the last 6 weeks of Konnarock - July 5th through August 13! Learn more and get registered HERE.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Week 6

During week 6, both crews joined together to form a super crew to work with the Mt Rogers AT Club.   They packed up their packs, grabbed trail tools and hiked up to the Mount Rogers high country for a week in the backcountry. 
Super Crew!

Amazing views from camp
Pony in the High Country

Thanks to the USFS for bringing supplies up to the high country and to Anne Maio of MRATC for watching over it before the crews arrived. Unlike a typically Konnarock week, these volunteers camped out a way from cars and civilization – but in the company of many “wild” ponies!   

Dedication to the Trail :) 
New Rock Steps

Hard at work, but having fun!

The popular high country’s unique geology and soil type leave it prone to trail braiding and erosion.  The crews went to work hardening sections of the trail, eliminating social trails, and installing rock steps and water bars to prevent further erosion.  
Hardening the tread

Super Crew Kitchen in the High Country

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Week 5

Crew 1
Crew 1 went down to Tennessee to work on the Beartown Mountain Relocation with the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club.  They put in several rock and log steps and built over 200 feet of new trail.  
Sweet campsite for the week!
Digging new trail

Enjoying some good music after a long day of work

Soaking in the amazing sunsets :)

Using the rockdrill to create steps

Crew 2 went north this week to work with the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club to rehab trail between VA 311 and McAfee Knob - a very heavily used section.  They put in 50 new rock and log steps and several waterbars to help prevent trail erosion.
New log steps
Taking in the view at McAfee Knob
Crew 2

Hard a work!

Check out more photos from the Konnarock Crew HERE

Monday, June 18, 2012

Week 4

Crew 1 at Fontana Dam

Another great week for the Konnarock Trail Crew!! It was a week full of building new trail on large relocation projects.   

How many volunteers does it take to move one HUGE rock?!    

Crew 1 headed down to Fontana Dam for the second week this season to work on the relocation around the lake.  They put in some rock steps and log cribbing to support the trail, and finished up nearly 900 feet of new tread.  

A fully packed crew van!

Camping at Fontana Campground
Crew 2 headed north to Pearisburg where they went to work on the New River Relocation.  They put in 50 rock steps and completed 300 feet of tread.  Great work!

The tools to get the job done!

Enjoying the beautiful New River after a long day of hard work!

Crew 2 building steps on the New River Relocation
Beautiful new steps on the future A.T.! 

Finally removing a massive root from the new treadway