Carl Fritz reporting
It always seems that the volunteers (hikers, club maintainers and friends) exceed expectations during Damascus Hard Core. And the volunteers did so again for this 14th annual event. This year’s hikers enthusiastically signed up. In fact 68 were signed up in the first two hours Friday morning of Trail Days and only 50 was the target. However, fewer returning hikers came to Trail Days and we also target 50 of them. Then surprisingly with good weather many hikers did not show up Sunday morning for departure from Damascus. Continue reading 2014 Damascus Hard Core
September marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Wilderness Act. Join the Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Wilderness
Stewards (SAWS) program and the US Forest Service in celebrating! Two events will mark the occasion. Both will convene at the Watauga Point Recreation Area in Hampton TN on September 6th. Trail maintenance will be from 9am to 4pm at which point it will become the actual celebration of food, crosscut sawing, storytelling, games, etc. See the two attachments for the details.
Stewardship Rally Flier
Wilderness Rally Watauga Point
The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) program (almost!) completed a reroute project of the Appalachian Trail at Turkey Pen Gap, which is located between the Vandeventer and Iron Mountain shelters near Hampton, TN. Read their complete story here – SAWS WCC Big Laurel Field Summary 2014