Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation
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Konnarock’s 8th week on the trail took Crew 1 up north once again, past Roanoke and into Natural Bridge, VA for the second round of trail work on the Highcock Knob relocation in the James River Face Wilderness. Unlike the previous week’s crew which was mostly made up of multi-year alumni volunteers, Week 8’s crew featured a mix of new faces and some alumni who hadn’t volunteered recently. The careers of the volunteers ranged from lawyer to microbiologist - making for a diverse and interesting group of individuals who rose to the challenge of the project with plenty of ingenuity.
Much to the appreciation of everyone involved, Pit of Despair #2, which was explored last week further up the trail, was sidestepped by rerouting the trail up and over a rocky outcropping rather than going around the outcropping. This reroute was not without its own downsides or challenges, one of which was the yellowjacket nest that was disturbed by a club member during the work on that section.
Considering the intense heat and humidity during the week, it should come as no surprise that the crew jumped at an opportunity to cool off at Cascade Falls after work one day. Though not quite the same as a real shower, the waterfalls and clear, cold pools were incredibly enjoyable as a way to wash off some of the sweat, dirt, and grime of the work days.