Monday, March 16, 2015

Weeks 6, 7, & 8, Konnarock 2014

Week 6 : June 19-23, 2014  

Crew 1: Rocky Bald, NC

Beginning of the week 
Crew 1 worked at Rocky Bald with the Nantahala Hiking Club, rehabbing eroded and gullied trail.

This beautiful section of trail near the Nantahala Outdoor Center includes historic crib walls built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s! 

With some new drainage features and a LOT of crushed rock, the trail is dry and durable again. The historic crib walls will support the trail for many decades more, and hikers can enjoy the scenery again rather than looking down at their muddy feet.

Thank you Week 6 volunteers, and thank you Nantahala Hiking Club for supporting the crew!

Near completion 

Crew 1 Family Picture at the A.T. crossing of the Nantahala River 

Crew 2: Cheoah Bald, NC

Crew 2 worked with the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club to rehab an eroded section of Trail north of Cheoah Bald.

Beginning of the week 

With lots of hard work, the stairs are near completion

Crumbsnatcher sharing a snack...will her new friend come out of his shell?
Break time--everyone's favorite time of day!

Week 7 : June 27 - July 1, 2014

Crew 1: Rocky Bald, NC

 Crew 1 worked with Nantahala Hiking Club on Rocky Bald, rehabbing eroded and gullied trail.

Crew 1 showing off their muscle 

Even this trail sign wanted to pitch in

Crew 2: North of Cheoah Bald, NC

Crew 2 worked with the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club to rehab an eroded section of Trail north of Cheoah Bald.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Taking a dip in Fontana Lake to clean up and relax
These volunteers are active trail maintainers with the Ozark Trail Association. They came all the way from Missouri!
Crew 2 finishing up an amazing job 

Week 8 : July 5 - July 9, 2014

Crew 1: Thunder Hill, VA

Crew 1 worked with Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club on the Thunder Hill Relocation in Virginia.

Beginning of the week

Mid week 

The big challenge of the week was building tread around the base of a huge boulder. The boulder makes a really interesting trail feature, but there wasn't enough soil around to dug a stable tread.

The best trail structures are simple, solid, and safe--and they blend seamlessly into the landscape.

Canada lily

With ingenuity, attention to detail, and patience, the volunteers of Crew 1 and NBATC came up with a solution that meets all of the above criteria. What do YOU think of their work?

Big thanks to the NBATC members who came out to work alongside the Konnarock volunteers, and the Tye River Ridgerunner Regina Reiter, who pitched in for a day. This new relocation is now open to hikers--you can go see it for yourself!

Testing out the new tread

Thanks to Bill Bishop of NBATC for this inviting "after" shot of Crew 1's great work!

Week 8 : July 5 - July 9, 2014

Crew 2: Little Rock Knob Relocation, TN

Crew 2 worked with Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club on the Little Rock Knob Relocation in Tennessee.

This project is located south of Little Rock Knob, the last big climb a northbound hiker encounters before climbing Roan Moun-tain. In 2013, the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club began a series of short relocations to replace steep, fall-line trail with a more sustainable sidehill grade. The Konnarock Crew tackled a long section of this relocation last year, and came out for two weeks again this year. Members of TEHCC came out each day to work alongside the crew.

Isn't that an inviting new stretch of the A.T.?
The Konnarock week closest to July 4th always calls for a little extra festivity, and relocation projects are can be very challenging as your break new ground.

Crew 2 decided to face the challenge in style!

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