Crew 1: New River Relocation
|Building a step around a large, embedded boulder.|
|Building a durable trail takes attention to detail!|
|An impressive amount of cribbing and crushed rock.|
|Relaxing on the banks of the New River.|
|Dinner by the river--is this a meeting of the Clean Plate Club?|
Crew 2: Rocky Fork Relocation
|Climbing up to the work site from Flint Gap, on the NC/TN border.|
Crew 2 tackled another big AT relocation: the Rocky Fork project. When completed, this relocation will move the trail off of an eroded former logging road that is frequently misused by ATVs. You can read about the conservation triumph that made the Rocky Fork Relocation possible here!
|Digging on the ridge!|
The big event of the week was rounding the corner onto Snake Den Ridge. For the previous two weeks, the crew was digging on a steep slope in a tangle of rhododendrons. Completing the trail where it wraps around the corner and will follow the top of the ridge means easier digging and the cool mountain breezes that are only found on a ridgeline. The views will be great up here in the winter!
Volunteers from the Carolina Mountain Club's Friday crew came out one more time to help pull some mighty stumps with the griphoist and clear out the corridor along the ridge. They also treated the crew to a fabulous pizza dinner in Erwin!
|This Slimy Salamander was carefully relocated.|
|Jumping in the swimming hole at Rocky Fork!|
|Rounding the corner to the top of the ridge! Anyone who has worked on this project knows what a big milestone this is!|
|A game of PELT back at camp.|
|Beautiful morning rays on the hike to the work site.|
|Way to go Crew 2!!|