Thursday, July 26, 2012

Week 9

Super Crew!
 Wow - this season seems to be flying by! Week 9 was the second "Supercrew" week of the season where Crew 1 and 2 teamed up to work on the Flint Gap to Shelton Graves relocation.  Together, they completed nearly 500 feet of new trail including several grade dips to help shed water.  
Taking a break :)

Digging sidehill

Building a log crib retaining wall

Week 8

It's always fun on Konnarock :)
Crew 1 spent the week with the Carolina Mountain Club working on the Flint Gap to Shelton Graves Relocation.  Konnarock and the club have been working on this project for the past few years and completed another 287 feet of sidehill this week!  

Indian Pipe along the trail

Getting roots out of the new trail

Feels good to build new trail!

Building trail... the future A.T.!

Crew 2!

Crew 2 headed north to work on the Thunder Ridge Relocation with the Natural Bridge AT Club.  They built nearly 1000 feet of new trail as well as some rock cribbing and steps.  This was the second year Konnarock worked on this project, moving the trail on to more sustainable sidehill.
What a GREAT week!

Week 7 ... back at it!

Trail snacks -- getting ready for a week out!
After a 2 week mid-season break, the staff headed back to base camp to kick off the second half of the season!  They even mixed up the crew leaders with Tori and Kathryn leading Crew 1 and Josh and Susan leading Crew 2.

Czar - base camp coordinator - welcoming the volunteers
Crew 1 headed up to Pearisburg to work on the ongoing New River Relocation project.  This relocation of approximately 5 miles of trail has been in progress over the last 6 years.  Working on a section requiring a lot of rock work was slow moving, but the results 

were great!  They put in 11 new rock steps as well as cribbing and drainage features.  The volunteers were treated to a potluck dinner at Woods Hole Hostel and were lucky enough to spend an evening with owners Michael and Neville at their beautiful home.

Crew 2 went to work on the Three Ridges Overlook Rehab with the Old Dominion AT Club.  They installed 24 rock steps and rehabed nearly 400 feet of trail.  The crew definitely didn't go hungry this week -- thanks to a potluck provided by the club!  Thanks ODATC!  It was a hot week, but the crew stay energetic and had a great time working on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail!
Crew 1!

Yea - Konnarock! 

Enjoying the view from Rice Fields after a long day of work!

You may get a  little dirty if you sign up for the Konnarock Crew :)

Helping out in the kitchen! 

Loaded van ... headed out for a week of fun and hard work!

Crew 2 at the trailhead

We like to move big rocks!

Newly rehabed section of trail

Putting in rock steps

Thanks to all of our volunteers for another great week!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

End of Season Celebration -- You're Invited!!


You’re invited to the Konnarock Trail Crew
End of Season Celebration!
Monday, August 13, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.
at the Konnarock Base camp in Sugar Grove, Va

We hope you can join us in celebrating the 30th year of the Konnarock Volunteer Trail
Crew and the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail completion! We want to take
this opportunity to thank our partners and volunteers for all that they do for the protection
of the Appalachian Trail.

What you can look forward to:
  • Hearing about the crew’s great achievements
  • Watching a slideshow of highlights from the season
  • Mingling with other volunteers, club members, ATC and agency staff
  • Listening to some great music
  • and.... enjoying some of Czar’s amazing cooking! (dinner will be at 6:00pm)

Please RSVP by August 1st
RSVP to Angie Sheldon - or 540-953-3571