Join the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) as part of the Remote Overnight Crew (ROC) on September 21st and 22nd on the Appalachian Trail as we renovate a more remote section of the A.T. This section is near the Big Bald Mountain, which will be our base for operations. The Carolina Mountain Club Trail Maintenance Crew members and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) are partnering to offer a unique opportunity to spend the weekend assisting in the rehabilitation of the AT as it traverses Big Bald Mountain in the Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests.
Individuals, groups, and families are welcome to sign up (on a first come basis) and be partnered with veteran Trail Maintainers to spend the day having a hands on experience working to rehabilitate the trail in a sustainable condition for generations to come. No experience necessary! You will be matched with a skilled maintainer according to your interests and abilities. You will spend the weekend on a beautiful section of trail while working on the fabled A.T. The work group will be limited to about 30 participants.
Advanced registration is required; please use this LINK in registering. Youth of all ages are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. CMC will provide safety instructions, supervision, training, and tools for the tasks you are assigned.
Please contact CMC AT Supervisor Paul Curtin at: [email protected] for further information or with any questions you may have.
We will meet at the USFS National Forests office (Take exit 25 from US 26) at 160 Zillicoa St. in Asheville, NC at 8 a.m. on Saturday September 21st, where you will check in and sign a work waiver. All minors must be accompanied by an adult who will sign a waiver for them. After a short safety briefing, introductions and tool pickup, we will group up for car pools to head to the site. We will need some of the volunteers to drive groups to our work site. The parking lot in front of the building is a safe place to leave your car for the weekend.
It takes about 50 min to travel to the site, which is the Big Bald parking lot in the Wolf Laurel development. The last 0.5 miles are a gravel road which is in good condition and accessible by personal vehicles. We will need to pass through the private manned gate at Wolf Laurel entrance, as well as another gate close to Big Bald on the gravel road. We will have one key for that gate.
It is a short hike in to the work site from Big Bald, which is at 5300 ft elevation. We will set up our tents there. Please wear long pants, sturdy boots, work gloves, and bring safety glasses if you have them. No open toed shoes or shorts will be allowed. We will wear hard hats during the work period.
There are many tent sites available on the bald. Those who wish to hammock will need to go into the nearby forest. Bring enough water for the weekend as there is no water near by our camping area. CMC will bring a 5 gal container with water which we can refill if necessary. Bring normal backpacking gear needed for a cool weather overnight, including a head lamp. Typical day time highs around 60 and night time lows around 40, but it could be colder of course. Bring food for 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, snacks, and dinner. Bring a change of clothes to sleep in since your work clothes will be dirty! We will eat lunch on trail Sunday and then head back, arriving at the car pool location around 2pm Sunday. Bring a change of shoes for the ride back.
- Prep locust logs by sawing, splitting, and stripping
- Install locust steps on Big Bald ascent
- Find materials for stone steps
- Shape steps as needed
- Install stone steps on Big Bald ascent
- Widen tread on Big Bald ascent below boulders
- Tools needed: hazelhoes, loppers, chain saw, drill, pulaskis, rock bars, quarry buster, sledges, shovels, rock carrying basket, log carrying slings, pick mattocks, rebar, rock hammers