Blacksburg, Virginia (April 14, 2011) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is looking for volunteers to work and play in the backcountry on its Konnarock Trail Crew! Konnarock, the ATC’s flagship crew, tackles projects involving trail construction and rock work between the Trail’s Southern terminus, Springer Mountain Georgia and Shenandoah National Park: just over one half of the Appalachian Trail. The program runs Wednesday to Monday evenings each week starting May 12th through August 15th. Our Base Camp is located in Sugar Grove, Virginia.
Trail Crew volunteers are provided with food, transportation, lodging, tools, equipment and the opportunity to have a lot of fun. It’s free of charge and there is no experience is necessary, only the willingness to work hard and get dirty. You will meet people of all ages, from all walks of life, from all over the country and around the world.
Trail work is hard, physical labor. Trail construction involves working with a team of like-minded volunteers using hand tools and, of course, getting dirty is guaranteed! Crews work eight-hour days, rain or shine, hot or cold. They set up and live in a primitive campsite near the project site. Everyone, 18 or older, and of all backgrounds is welcome. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are essential.
Spots on these crews are still available, but they’re quickly filling up! To become a part of the action, call (540) 953-3571 or email [email protected] today. You can also register on the web at www.appalachiantrail.org/crews.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Angie Sheldon
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]