Recent AT Maintenance

Below is submitted maintenance activities for the last 6 weeks. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly. Or view maintenance by section.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/30/2015
Purpose: Trail Rehab and Relocation
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Ken Buchanan, Carl Fritz, Benjamin Jack, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Brian Paley, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We continuing prepping for Watauga College. The crew completed installing a bog bridge on the relo. Several worked on trail rehab on old road steep climb by installing water dips and several waterbars/steps. We also cut more steps and stakes for future rehab plus what students will rehab. This might be one of first outings this year that we did not encounter hikers.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/29/2015
Purpose: Mowing
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weedeat camping area at the Overmountain shelter and weedeat around the shelter and trails as needed. Water running good. Picked up trash.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/29/2015
Purpose: Mowing
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weedeat as needed on the AT/Accessible Trail.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 07/29/2015
Purpose: Check for blowdowns
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: Bruce and I found 5 blowdowns three of which we were able to clear and two we weren't. The three that we cleared were pretty big in volume not diameter and we were able to cut off enough limbs to clear the trail. The two we left will need a chain saw to clear they are not completely blocking the trail though. We found the trail to be in good shape otherwise.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 07/25/2015
Purpose: check section
Section: 11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: Went in via Moreland Gap shelter. Water was flowing at the spring. On the way to the Canute Place I removed one blow down and used the swing blade to remove weeds. The grass at the Canute Place was not too bad, but I did widen the path some. I also made the blue blazer to the water source more visible. The spring was flowing well.

Once back at the shelter, I cleaned the fire pit and picked up trash. Broom, shovel and rake were in place. The shelter looked OK.

The access 'trail' was becoming overgrown so I lopped some of the rhodos on the way out.

It was a long day. Saw one long-distance hiker who helped remove the blow down.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/26/2015
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Cleared 2 blowdowns with my 16" Greenworks chainsaw on a club hike. One was just south of the VA line, and the other was near the Backbone Rock Trail. Trail hours reflect half of the total time, as I also cleared 2 big trees between Damascus and the TN line and am trying to report those hours to the Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 07/27/2015
Purpose: Trim weeds
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Trimmed weeds (& multi-flora roses) from US321 to the Forest Service Gate on Watauga Lake.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/25/2015
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Continuing on the club hike, I cleared at 2 or 3 more locations. One was a particularly messy spot, 1.5 miles north of No Business Shelter, with several big branches, waist- and head-high. Another was a step-over a few hundred yards up from Spivey Gap.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/25/2015
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Cleared 2 blowdowns on a club hike, one on the switchbacks coming up from the river, the other as the trail starts down from Temple Hill toward Temple Hill Gap.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/26/2015
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Craig DeLoach and Joe DeLoach
Summary: We started with some weed-whacking just south of Carvers Gap, painting the blue-blazed trail to the spring and removing a redundant AT Foot Travel Only sign that was nailed to a tree; there is one on the post at the road, which will soon have the mileage sign on it also. Then drove to Cloudland where we had a nice chance encounter with former TEHCC Maintenance Coordinator Ted Malone and his wife Wendy. Cut briars, two blowdowns, and painted blazes to the side trail to Roan High Knob Shelter. Painted the blue-blazed trail to the shelter and spring and picked up trash, not too much. Spring at shelter is running fine.

Reporting: Gerald Scott
Date: 07/24/2015
Purpose: Summer Maintenance
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Gerald Scott
Summary: Used string trimmer to cut weeds and vines. Lopped rhododendrons, cleared several small (4-8”) blowdowns and lots of limbs. Removed and carried out trash from Mountaineer Fall’s shelter.

Reporting: Kayla Carter
Date: 07/11/2015
Purpose: Weeds, Rhododendrons
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Kayla Carter
Ed Carter
Summary: My father and I went back out to check on the condition of my section. The Forest Service had already cut the legendary tall weeds along the Elk River. We walked to Jones Falls with lopper and maintained the trail corridor. I have not ventured out to the other side of my trail yet. I plan to within the next couple of weeks. I think I have been hesitant to go out there since someone was riding a dirt bike on the trail the first time I went out there.

Reporting: Kayla Carter
Date: 06/11/2015
Purpose: Weeds
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Kayla Carter
Sarah Ellison
Summary: The weeds were very high along the Elk River. We used swing blades to cut them back. We ate lunch beside the river.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 07/24/2015
Purpose: cut weeds and perform general maintenance
Section: 19a: Indian Grave Gap - Curley Maple Gap Shelter
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: Bruce and I used the swing blade, clippers and hand saws to clean and clear this section of trail. There were no large blowdowns so our job was mostly just dealing with the small stuff. We completed the job and the section is in very good shape. We hope that John will make a full recovery and be back out soon but in the mean time we were glad to help him out we know that he would do the same for us.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/23/2015
Purpose: Prep for rehab and relo
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Ken Buchanan, Kim Peters, Joe Morris, David LaPorte, John Botts, Pat Loven, Danny Harper, Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery, Tim Stewart, Brian Paley, Ed Oliver
Summary: We continued to prep for the ASU outing next month. We cut and staged log steps, water bars, side logs and stakes. Several large rocks were moved and the drainage improved on the first section of the relo.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 07/18/2015
Purpose: Attend ATC Membership Meeting
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Steve Perri
Summary: ATC 40th Membership Meeting “Hiking Through History” Winchester, VA July 17
Steve Perri reporting

The ATC 40th membership meeting was held this year in Winchester, VA at Shenandoah University July 17-24th. This meeting is held every other year and the coordination and location of the meeting is rotated among the trail clubs of ATC. The theme of this meeting was tied to much of the local history of the revolutionary war, civil war, and the Appalachian Trail history. The events offered in this venue included the membership meeting, scheduled hikes, workshops, excursions, training, and other informal networking. The two clubs hosting the meeting were the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Mountain Club of Maryland. Shenandoah University was a really great place to offer the venue due to its proximity to the AT and the interstate. I decided to stay in the dorms for my weekend attendance which was to my benefit since it was 95 degrees and humid. Many attendees camped during their stay and some mentioned the heat and humidity was not very comfortable for their stay in the soccer field. Total attendance as of Saturday was 932.

The workshops were offered on Saturday through Monday and covered 88 scheduled events with 11 topical areas including: the Trail, A.T. communities, creative arts, environment, hiking and backpacking skills, history, other trails, youth an/outreach, trail maintenance and management, natural wonders, and volunteer leaders and club management. Hikes tend to be a big effort during these events and 82 different hikes were offered with some being offered 2 or 3 times. Excursions ran Saturday through Thursday and a total of 28 were available as well as other special activities.

The membership meeting is held for ATC to conduct its required business. The business covered on Saturday evening included the reports from the Treasurer, Executive Director, Honorary Membership Award, reports on resolutions, report from the nominating committee, election of officers and board of directors, new business, general announcements and preview of the 41st meeting by Maine Appalachian Trail Club (August 4-11, 2017). Eleven board members were elected including several younger members relative to the majority of the board. The reports offered during the meeting highlighted the newly developed strategic plan for ATC and for the Appalachian Trail Park which will guide the activities and long-term plans for both. Several resolutions were proposed and approved relating to the meeting coordinators. A new resolution proposing a new committee with specific membership be formed to plan the structure and format of future biennial meetings was made. This provided an opportunity for the task force to share their high-level recommendations with the attendees and for the board to provide their current thinking. This resolution struck a chord with some attendees since there were perceptions of doing away with many aspects of the meeting activities of the past. However; it seemed evident to me that while the biennial task force’s recommendations have been provided to the board, there has not been any communication to the membership regarding these and no info on the board’s current thinking, and what their next steps will likely be. On a lighter note, we were also provided a trailer for the upcoming movie “A Walk in the Woods” to open in most theaters Labor Day weekend and a few early releases in 4 locations in which the closest to us will be in Atlanta. The movie is based on Bill Bryson’s book “A Walk in the Woods” and stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. ATC also revealed a Leave No Trace video that was well-done and will likely be used in future public releases.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/17/2015
Purpose: Paint blazes
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: hiker "Wired"
Summary: A southbounder was concerned about some of the blazes headed south. So he repainted some of blazes from Cross Mountain to Dennis Cove.

Reporting: Bob Peoples
Date: 07/20/2015
Purpose: Check Section
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bob Peoples
Summary: Bob walked entire trail section to Hampton. There was a huge blowdown between the two lower bridges. Its root ball was on other side of river but its 10" branches were across the AT. He was able to cut the branches with his hand saw. There is some standing water between the two lower bridges. Otherwise water on the trail was not a problem. He has never seen so much water damage to the trail in the Gorge. Areas like the steps going down to falls are washed badly. Rehab will be required. A trail junction sign has been stolen. The blue blazed trail to Hampton rehab last winter still looks good.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/19/2015
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed the camping area and the trail to water source and privy. Removed trash from the shelter. Hikers reported 2 blowdowns between Greasy creek friendly and Overmountain Shelter They were not sure of the exact location of the blowdowns. Lots of loose limbs on the trail.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/18/2015
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: After helping with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Grassy Ridge Mowoff, cut blackberry briars and other annual growth along the Grassy Ridge side trail. This trail is kept in fairly primitive condition in agreement with the management partners.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/18/2015
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Garry Luttrell, Kim Peters
Summary: For this July 3rd Saturday - Hiking with Tools trip we cut the weeds along the trail between Cloudland and Hughes Gap. It was a foggy 63 deg when we left the parking lot at Cloudland. The fog made the walk through the pines near the summit a magical place. One almost expected to see hobbits or elves in the woods. We lopped and weeded down to Ash Gap where we had lunch. Then the hard work of weed whacking began. Since there were only two of us, we elected to use string trimmers rather than swing blades. String trimmers are loud, but do make it easier to cut the copious weeds. We cut weeds, cleared a few blowdowns and clipped woody growth all the way down to Hughes Gap. It was only 71 deg when we got back to the car. The trail is now in good shape. What a great way to spend a hot summer day!

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 07/18/2015
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Patrick Loven
Pat Loven
Summary: Used a swing blade to trim around the trail in Canute field. The field is very high with weeds and grass. Also provided an update on the oriental bittersweet invasion on the south perimeter of the field.

Reporting: Phyllis Cairnes
Date: 07/17/2015
Purpose: shelter maintenance
Section: 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen's Gap
People: Rolla Wade
Phyllis Cairnes
Summary: It's interesting what "left behinds" one can find at a shelter. Today it was a 2 qt stainless saucepan with its lid and the patina of charred popcorn, a small oven rack, a metal drawer pull (found in the gutter along with candy wrappers), and considerable lengths of cord clothesline strung up across the shelter. We carried these treasures out; also shoveled out the fire ring, broke up a rogue fire ring a few yards away, replaced the trail journal, and asked a hiker about the water source he had just climbed up from. He said it was flowing very well, which saved us a trip down. All told, we met and talked with 4 section hikers who stopped briefly at the shelter. All expressed much appreciation for our small efforts and for the club's maintenance contribution in general. It was a good day.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/17/2015
Purpose: Mow Trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weedeat the trail across the Osborne Farm as needed. Mowed large area for Watauga College to have a Picnic on 14 Aug. Lots of hikers out. Saw very young black bear cub in the back field. All cairns are still standing.

Reporting: Richard Carter
Date: 07/16/2015
Purpose: cut overgrowth
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Richard Carter
Summary: I lopped briars & other overgrowth. The rare flowers of bent avens were in full bloom, making them easy to identify & avoid cutting. Most of the section is now adequately free of overgrowth but several fairly small segments still need cutting.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/16/2015
Purpose: Prep for rehab and relo
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Jim Foster, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Brian Paley, Bob Peoples,
Summary: We scouted some rehab projects for the ASU students plus we cut out the relocation planned for them. Greg and Brian did cut some steps and waterbars. More preparation remains to be done. Unfortunately, we acquired a large screw in a tire near Cross Mountain. But it did not rain except for the water dripping from our brows.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/16/2015
Purpose: Cut weeds and clean waterbars
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Ken Buchanan, Pat Loven, Bill Murdoch, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: The crew finished the weed cutting on this section. They also cleaned all the waterbars. There are some blowdowns within about a half mile north of shelter.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/10/2015
Purpose: Remove Tree-of-Heaven
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Clifton Avery (ATC)
Vic Hasler
Greg Kramer
Vincent Gould (BSA Troop 48)
Summary: This trip addressed invasive Tree-of-Heaven observed just south of the second bridge along Jones Branch. The group gathered at the blue blaze trailhead by the outfitters. Some delay occurred when the USFS did not show due to misunderstanding of the event date, but multiple phone calls resolved the situation with delivery of the herbicide. Vic bushwhacked around the area to flag trees to determine the extent of the infestation, while Vincent used a swing blade to trim some stinging nettle from along the trail. Roughly 130 trees were cut and treated by the group working in pairs, include two larger trees (8-10” diameter by 60-80’ tall) taken down by Clifton with a chain saw. The Chinese yam also reported in the same area was not found.

Reporting: Scott Alan
Date: 07/12/2015
Purpose: General maintenance
Section: 12a: Bitter End to Walnut Mountain Road
People: scott
Summary: Responding to hiker reports, removed large blow down. Cut back laurels. Removed trash from trailhead. Several hikers have suggested there should be a bear pole or cage installed near the Mountaineer Falls shelter for convenient protection of hiker food.

Reporting: Scott Alan
Date: 07/12/2015
Purpose: General maintenance
Section: 12a: Bitter End to Walnut Mountain Road
People: scott
Summary: Responding to hiker reports, removed large blow down. Cut back laurels. Removed trash from trailhead. Several hikers have suggested there should be a bear pole or cage installed near the Mountaineer Falls shelter for convenient protection of hiker food.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 07/12/2015
Purpose: Downed tree removal
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I hiked in to remove downed tree across trail and do some brushing.I was able to finish the final cut and pack up before the rain hit.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/12/2015
Purpose: Paint blue blazes
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Kat Johnson, Margo Frame, Kim Peters
Summary: On the last trip out to the shelter, it was noted that the shelter needed a broom, so we carried a broom out to the shelter, where we picked up trash, including discarded clothing, and broke up a massive fire ring that a large group had made. The log book that I left two weeks ago is almost gone, apparently most of it ended up in the fire pit. The second entry read "Nice new log book! I'm ripping off the back page to use as a bellows.". The entry after that stated that they were using their own pen because the pen provided was missing. Then we moved on to the trail to the water source and cleared a few blowdowns and painted the blue blazes. The water is running well from the recent rains. On the way back we picked up trash at the Grindstaff Memorial and painted the blue blazes at the water source there. It was raining when we passed the piped spring, so we did not get to paint the blue blazes there. That will have to wait for another trip.
Much thanks to the hiker "Wired" for painting the white blazes along this section and to the person who taught him how because they look great!

Reporting: David Clark
Date: 07/11/2015
Purpose: Check trail
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: David Clark
Summary: Found two blow downs. one was a 6" dia. tree across trailand second was a 18" dia tree across trail. Both were not blocking trail, hikers can walk under.
Both trees need to be removed for safety.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/25/2015
Purpose: Bridge Options
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Carl Fritz
Ed Oliver
Summary: We estimated cost of laminated versus solid bridge beams and overall costs of bridge designs for Shook Branch and south of 19E.

Reporting: Richard Carter
Date: 07/11/2015
Purpose: paint blazes & clear overgrowth
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Richard Carter, Joe DeLoach
Summary: We hiked in from Overmountain Shelter, refreshed paint on blazes from Stan Murray shelter almost to Grassy Ridge Trail junction, cut overgrowth to but not including the upper set of switchbacks, scattered one fire ring and picked up trash at Stan Murray shelter.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 07/11/2015
Purpose: Weed Whack part 2
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: Weed whacked northern end. Went from Campbell Hollow Rd. to south of Buck Mountain RD. Cut one small blow down from trail. Meet a few groups of section hikers. Yellow Jacket are out in force. Lost count the number of stings in the 2 outings.

Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 07/08/2015
Purpose: Blowdown Removal
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Joe Morris
Bob Peoples
Tim Stewart
Summary: "On the Loose" a Nobo thru-hiker reported a large tangle and blowdown near the top of Pond Mountain on our Tuesday maintenance outing. This two tree tangle was determined to consume and frustrate our Wednesday. The trio was determined to complete the task, despite the broken handle on the cross-cut saw. The trail is, now, in good shape. We also lopped and cut some seasonal growth.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 07/08/2015
Purpose: Weed Whack
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: Weed Whacked, cut back multiflora rose and anything else that was in the way of trail. Hiked in and started at Bishop Hollow and worked back north. Cleared all of Bishop Hollow. Cleared as need on woods road (Roby Miller ?) . Cleared thru fields of open ridge ( the view as everyone is calling it). Pulled limbs/ debris back onto ATV trail at AT turn that is often missed south of cemetery. Cleared in front of Isaac cemetery. Did a few spots S of buck Mountain RD. Cleared N side of Buck Mnt. road crossing. Ran out of time. Saw many section hikers going both directions.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/04/2015
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Made cuts at 6 locations between Shook Branch and the dam with my 12" Greenworks electric chainsaw on a club hike. One tangle was so thick it had created a detour. It rained off and on.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/06/2015
Purpose: TEHCC AT Committee/ATC Listening Session
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Carl Fritz, Vic Hasler, Mike Hupko, Ed Oliver, Bob Peoples, Steve Perri, Kim Peters, Tim Steward, Steve Wilson
Summary: The evening consisted of an hour on club business, and then an hour listening session with ATC.

Multiple bear encounters along TEHCC section have been reported since mid-June. Temporary campsite near Shook Branch is being used with its location is shown on TEHCC trail wiki. USFS will need to decide whether to extend closure for camping around Watauga Lake if problem persists. Hiking with Tools will work in Bishop Hollow once golden warblers have finished nesting. TDOT request for signs at highway crossings is in agency hands at this point. TNLP grant request was submitted for Clyde Smith/Stan Murray roofs, anti-graffiti coating for Abingdon Gap shelter, and two bridges. A group will be tackling multiflora rose in Upper Laurel Fork area in mid- July. Oriental Bittersweet at Canute Place was heavily addressed in 2014. Berry Fields are a jungle of sumac, locust, green briar, blackberry, etc. with need to establish long term objective and plan for area. Work on Chestoa kiosk is finally proceeding with recent photos showing frame and roof after assembling in a shop. ASU/Watauga College on August 14 is planning on having 110 freshmen plus chaperones working south of TN91. Discussion about medium gloves concluded club probably has enough, if rounded up from storage in member homes. Several bridge projects are waiting on USFS design. It was noted that purchasing 22’ beams can be more economical than hardware needed to build up as a lattice.
WFA/CPR training grant for sawyers/maintainers is not being used as other options were taken, thus club agreed to return the money. Training should be arranged for April 2016 to hit when many need to renew. Vic will be editor for 15th Edition of ATC TN-NC guidebook. Deadline for updates is Feb 2016; earlier that previously projected because of Wild/Walk movies and Costco contract. It is noted that most thru-hikers never carry either maps or guidebooks, but useful for pre-planning. TEHCC finances remain in great shape. Replacing missing marker post on Beauty Spot was only new expense proposed. Kiosks and updating their information are primarily responsibility of USFS. Having TEHCC general contact information for volunteers was suggested. USFS National Saw Policy published in Federal Register does not represent significant change for TEHCC. Database of sawyers added to club SharePoint site. Need is to determine best way for USFS to provide annual update to sawyers with maintainers’ dinner suggested.

ATC Listening Session involved Allison Williams (Volunteer and Service), Rebekah Young (Partner Communications and Resource Committee), Leanna Joyner (Trail Resources), and Julie Judkins (Education and Outreach). Steve Perri joined the conference call. Conversation reflected on best practices by the club around high participation projects (Hard Core/ASU), well-trained maintainers and sawyers, and involvement by college students and former military. Opportunity exists to use social media to continue connecting with new folks in area.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/07/2015
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Richard Carter, Jim Floyd, Carl Fritz, Danny Harper, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe, Collin Edwards, Logan West, Ruth Wetherson f, SCOUTS & LEADERS: Spencer Truman, Robbie Blown, Tyler Larson, Rhett Crimin, Logan Donaldson, Cameron Lay, Kade Ramsey, Joseph Larsen, Peter Smith
Summary: It is a rare event when we have a new maintainer join us as well as ten young people that are 17 or under. One young person was a thru hiker, another was a Kingsporter earning his community service for TN college scholarship, and the third was a step grandchild. The other seven were boy scouts from NC on a 50 mile hike that took their afternoon to work with us after having already hiked over 12 miles.

Most of us installed steps and improved trail just south of bog bridges. Kim led a group that rehabbed 240 feet of sloughing trail further south.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 07/07/2015
Purpose: Post new mileage signs
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Posted new mileage signs at Wilbur Dam Road, Watauga Shelter, and Shook Branch. Also lopped the trail from Wilbur Dam Road to Watauga Shelter.

Reporting: Bob Peoples
Date: 06/19/2015
Purpose: Cut weeds, remove bees, etc.
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Bob Peoples
Summary: Bob cut the weeds in field just south of Dennis Cove. While wearing a rain coat and rain hat he sprayed and removed an 8 inch bee nest from under Bear Branch bridge. He also delivered a thank you to some of the folks near Doll Flats for their support during Hard Core.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/01/2015
Purpose: Reset steps
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Paul Benfield, James Foster
Summary: Reset 2 steps and Built 1 more. Almost solid rocks and soil was not available. Removed l small blowdown. Bridge 3 needs metal lathes replaced.

Reporting: Scott Alan
Date: 07/02/2015
Purpose: General maintenance
Section: 12a: Bitter End to Walnut Mountain Road
People: scott
Summary: Hikers informed the non-slip wire mesh lathe on the foot bridge over the laurel fork creek had come undone and was bunching up causing hikers to trip. went out with hammer & heavy duty staples and re-secured. Also cut back laurel growth from there to bitter end and removed a few small blowdowns. there is a bog bridge within several hundred feet of bitter end trailhead which bows significantly when walked across especially with heavy pack and needs to be replaced before it breaks. there have been multiple bear sightings on this section of a sow with cubs

Reporting: Scott Alan
Date: 07/02/2015
Purpose: General maintenance
Section: 12a: Bitter End to Walnut Mountain Road
People: scott
Summary: Hikers informed the non-slip wire mesh lathe on the foot bridge over the laurel fork creek had come undone and was bunching up causing hikers to trip. went out with hammer & heavy duty staples and re-secured. Also cut back laurel growth from there to bitter end and removed a few small blowdowns. there is a bog bridge within several hundred feet of bitter end trailhead which bows significantly when walked across especially with heavy pack and needs to be replaced before it breaks. there have been multiple bear sightings on this section of a sow with cubs

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 06/26/2015
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Lotta Murray
Summary: Routine Summer maintenance. Clipping Rhodos and blackberries. Swingblade on nettles.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 06/27/2015
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Brian Schloff
Summary: Used a swingblade to re-cut annual growth along trail, removed a minimal amount of trash from Stan Murray (including a pair of slippers), removed a moderate amount of trash from the barn (including a raft). Springs are still running well. Ran into numerous trail runners & day hikers out for the day. With highs in the 50's a good day to be outside!

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 06/29/2015
Purpose: Summer Maintenance
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Judy Middlemas, Eric Middlemas, Wayne Jones, Susan Peters, Bruce Darby, Sandie Burns, Jerry Jones, Jack Lawson, David Douthat, Anthony Kozloski, Lamar Adcox, Marsha Hupko, Mike Hupko.
Summary: Mowed from one half mile south of Iron Mountain Gap to FS 230 Switchback.
Lopped overhanging limbs, cut small roots, removed two 10 inch trees from the trail. Replaced a damaged bear warning sign in the shelter, picked up trash at the shelter and at camp sites. Spring at the shelter was running good.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 06/26/2015
Purpose: Finish trimming trail and do general maintenance
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: Bruce and I finished trimming the section and also cleaned the waterbars again. In addition we installed 3 check dams and replaced one rotted waterbar. There was a fairly large blowdown (14 in.) about 1/4 mile from Hughes Gap so we decided to hand cut the sucker on our way out. Of course there was a knot on the bottom of the log where I decided we should cut. Bruce didn't complain and we finally go it cut and out of the trail. I was just about to high five Bruce when a yellow jacket stung me on the ear. It seems that we had rolled the log onto their home and they didn't appreciate it one bit. Oh well such is the life of a maintainer.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 06/25/2015
Purpose: Weed, lop and shelter maintenance
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Phyllis Cairnes, Kim Peters
Summary: We finished weeding and loping from the Grindstaff Monument out to Iron Mt. Shelter. We (again) dismantled a fire ring built at the monument and three others at the shelter and picked up trash. The shelter area was surprisingly clean. I need to bring a broom out next visit. The water source at the shelter was low, but flowing. The newly reworked spring was also flowing well. We walked back out on the newly opened relo. This section is in good shape.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 06/25/2015
Purpose: Open Relocation
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Ed Olliver, Ted Mowery, Paul Benfield
Summary: Opened a new location of AT south of hy 91. Cut yearly growth and raked the new location. Blazed relo and removed old blazes on the old section. Some work still needed on north end on relocation. Expect to complete next week.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/25/2015
Purpose: Cut weeds and clear waterbars
Section: 4a: US421 to Double Springs Shelter
People: Jim Floyd, Carl Fritz, Bill Murdoch, Bob Peoples, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: Many hikers were out today. We got a majority of the worst of the weeds. Probably three people are still needed for another day. Water bars were cleaned out to about 3/4 mile south of Berry Fields. George encountered one bear on the trail, but it quickly left.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/25/2015
Purpose: Cut Blowdown
Section: 3b: Spring to US421
People: Carl Fritz, John Robbins
Summary: We cut a chest high blowdown that was an obstacle 2 miles north of US 421.

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 06/24/2015
Purpose: Summer Mowing
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: David Douthat, Jeannine Edwards, Faye Guinn, Howard Guinn, Marsha Hupko, Mike Hupko, Wayne Jones, David Polon, Lana Scott, and Tim Shipley
Summary: Mowed, lopped and picked up trash on trail from Beauty Spot to Indian Grave Gap.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 06/24/2015
Purpose: Mow campground and trails
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed the campground and trails to barn and Privy. Almost waited too long to mow. The grass and weeds were almost too high to mow. Shelter is clean and the water sources are flowing good.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 06/21/2015
Purpose: Admire the white rhododendron blooms
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: Scheduled club hike gave an opportunity to view this trail section after the heavy usage by the thru-hiker wave. The single wide path north of the outfitters to the switchback in the bottomland is very passible – thanks in part to recent efforts by Craig Haire in removing two blowdowns. Summer growth was primarily stinging nettle and dog hobble narrowing the trail which could be addressed with a swing blade – or just wearing long pants. A log step near the fourth bridge was observed to have broken free. Some light trimming was performed, along with hauling out a bag of trash from two campsites and a few beverage containers tossed into the woods. The stream under the first bridge was noted to not be flowing, while other three had moving water.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 06/23/2015
Purpose: GPS trail
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: Bruce and I walked from Carvers Gap to 19E in order to GPS the trail for ATC. It's probably been a while so all the new relocations are now included. This whole section of trail is in excellent shape some mowing has already been done and it was greatly appreciated. The new rehab north of Hump looks real good and made the descent a little more pleasant.

Reporting: Richard Carter
Date: 06/18/2015
Purpose: sign placement & maintenance
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Richard Carter
Summary: I posted our new trailhead sign, replacing the old one which was outdated because it indicated the presence of the Apple House Shelter. I then spent the remainder of my day cutting briars and bushes encroaching the trail on the south side of Jane Bald.

Reporting: John Robbins
Date: 06/22/2015
Purpose: General Maintenance
Section: 3b: Spring to US421
People: John Robbins
Joanne Robbins
Summary: Maintenance walk of the section. Trimmed back briars, cleaned out water bars, and removed several smaller blow downs. There is a large chest high blow down about two miles north of 421 (right before the camp area). I removed all the secondary falls and made the hiker walk around safer but it will need a chain saw. Packed out some trash and cleaned up at the trail head. The spring is flowing well. Ran into thru-hiker "Mule" who worked with us on Hard Core. Met several section hikers including a girl scout troop. Trail is in good shape

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 06/13/2015
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 19b: Curley Maple Gap Shelter - Nolichucky River
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Continuing the club hike, I cleared 2 trees between the shelter and the outfitters, and 2 more between the outfitters and Chestoa. For the first time, the battery gave out during the last cut, and I switched to my spare battery to finish the cut. It was a very pleasant day.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 06/13/2015
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 19a: Indian Grave Gap - Curley Maple Gap Shelter
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Cut 3 trees across the trail, one over 12" across, with my 12" Greenworks chainsaw while doing a club hike.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 06/08/2015
Purpose: clearing trailside overgrowth
Section: 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Did weed whacking near the road. Some brainless oafs had cut across the first switchback at the road, excoriating the bank. I tried to block it off the best I could.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 06/20/2015
Purpose: Weeding and lopping
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Jim Floyd, Lorri Mirrer, Kat Johnson, Kim Peters
Summary: For this June 3rd Saturday Hiking with Tools trip we lopped rhododendron and whacked weeds using swingblades from TN 91 to the Grindstaff Monument. We met lots of hikers. Almost all of them thanked us for our work and one asked if we "had enough gas for those weed eaters". Apparently we did not, as we decided to turn around when we reached the Grindstaff Monument. To make the day perfect we got caught in a heavy rain shower while walking back, guaranteeing that we arrived back at the car soaking wet - about the same time the rain stopped. Much thanks to Lorri Mirrer who traveled all the way from Charlotte to help out on the trail.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 06/20/2015
Purpose: GPS this section of trail
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Jim Foster
Summary: I did a GPS reading for this section of trail.

Reporting: Jim Foter
Date: 06/20/2015
Purpose: GPS tral
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Jim Foster
Summary: I did a GPS reading for this section of trail.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 06/20/2015
Purpose: Mow Trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weedeat the Accessible Trail across the Osborne Farm. Painted all the Blazes across the Farm. All of the Cairns are still standing and looking good. Need to Spray the Accessible Trail. Lots of hikers and Thru Hikers out hiking.