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: John Robbins
Date: 05/23/2015
Purpose: cutting weeds
Section: 3b: Spring to US421
People: John Robbins
Summary: Spent all day cutting weeds. Weeds were high and thick. Didn't get all the way to the spring so I will need to return. Met about 15 thru-hikers and a scout troop. Trail is in great shape.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 05/15/2015
Purpose: Roan Ridgerunner orientation
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: I joined John Odell from ATC and SAHC Roan Stewardship Director Marquette Crockett in an orientation for 2015 Roan Ridgerunner Lee Farese. This year the ridgerunner will combine the education and outreach activities they have in the past with stewardship work. We walked to Grassy Ridge Bald and back, reviewing various situations the ridgerunner might face. Saw a bald eagle at Grassy Ridge. Clipped brush along the side trail to Grassy Ridge. All posts OK. Nice work by Mt. Squid at Carvers Gap heading Trail south.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 05/15/2015
Purpose: Cut blowdowns and do routine maintenance
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: John Tomko, Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: The three of us hand sawed 4 pretty large blowdowns and rehabbed the trail where they were down. We also finished cleaning the water bars from Wed. trip. The trail is in good shape and once again we received compliments on the TEHCC section as being the best maintained on the AT. Kudos to fellow maintainers.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 05/12/2015
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Robert Christianson
Summary: Routine Maintenance. Checked trail and shelter. One small blowdown. But it is easily ducked under. I forgot to take my silkie saw. I need to take my silkie and wedges on every outing.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/13/2015
Purpose: Prepare for Hard Core
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, George Thorpe
Summary: We improved access road and did some more rehab planning north of Doll Flats.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 05/13/2015
Purpose: Clean water bars and remove blowdowns from the trail
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: Bruce and I cleaned water bars, removed several small trail obstructions, replaced a rotted water bar, cleaned a small spring, and picked up one piece of trash at the shelter. The shelter was the cleanest that I've seen it at this time of year. We have two larger blowdowns about 1/2 mile from Greasy Creek Gap that we will go back and remove Friday. We saw many hikers and received several compliments on our (TEHCC) section of trail.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 05/11/2015
Purpose: fix bog bridge/ general maintenace
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: Worked northern area of section. Nailed back down loose boards on first bog bridge south. Broke apart 2 campsites. Cleaned around steps at Buck mountain road. Lots of poison ivy and some multiflora rose was growing into steps. Dug out as much as I could. Cut rose way back in areas south of the church and south of cemetery. Looks like some ATV use on trail just south of cemetery.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 05/10/2015
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Lyndsey Smith
Eilidh (canine)
Summary: Picked up a moderate amount of trash from the barn, campsite & Stan Murray shelter. Lopped branches & used a swingblade to cut annual growth & briars. Cut out a few small blowdowns & removed several small limbs from the trail. Discovered signs of recent ATV activity on the trail near Buckeye Gap - sent photos & GPS'd tracks to National Forests in NC. Lots of wildflowers & thru hikers out!

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 05/09/2015
Purpose: Maintenance
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weedeat the AT and Accessible Trail across the Osborne Farm and restacked the Cairns as needed.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 05/09/2015
Purpose: Blow Down Removal
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Jim Chambers
Tim Stewart
Summary: Myself and Tim Stewart removed all the blow downs between Hughes and Ashe Gap. We removed 2 small....2 large....and 2 extra large trees from the trail, and at the same time, we had really positive contact with several thru-hikers. Good Week!

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/07/2015
Purpose: Perpare for Hard Core
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Dean Baird, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Jim Chambers, Jim Floyd, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Brian Paley, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe, Randy Madigan "Solo", and Elaine Mav f "Thunder"
Summary: We added more steps and sidelogs below Doll Flats and prepared more steps for Hard Core. Probably within 1000 feet of open area of Hump Mtn, we rehabbed a couple of bad trail areas with rock steps and a significant rock crib.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/05/2015
Purpose: Prepare for Hard Core
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Jim Chambers, Jim Floyd, Carl Fritz, Mike Hupko, Becky Kinder, Greg Kramer, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Ken Murray, Ed Oliver, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Gayle Riddervold, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart, Fritz Swanson, George Thorpe, Randy Madigan and hikers: Zach Thomas, David Simkovitz, Michael Delp
Summary: Major task accomplished today was to move twenty 12 foot locust logs from Watauga Lake up towards Hump Mtn from Doll Flats. The last log I am told weighed 1600 lbs! We continued prepping the rehab above and below Doll Flats. We saw at least 30 hikers including one south bounder and almost all thanked us for our efforts.

Reporting: Bob Peoples
Date: 04/30/2015
Purpose: Checkout Shelter
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Bob Peoples
Summary: Bob visited Mountaineer Falls Shelter because of hiker reports. He removed an inappropriate business sign from shelter and has successfully discouraged business owner from posting again. He put the wooden bear back into shelter. Recently, 17 hikers were staying at shelter and moved the bear outside to provide more room. The wooden sign indicating shelter from trail on south side has been removed from the post. He thinks Slid Hollow campsite needs a sign if it did not have one. He also rediscovered the leaner that Gerald had reported. The trail was in good condition otherwise.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 05/03/2015
Purpose: Hard Core Prep
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Jim Chambers
Summary: I carried up all the stakes that we cut on Thursday that we need for the rehab work above Doll Flats. We now have 60 stakes staged directly on Doll Flats for Hard Core, and approximately 70 stakes staged approximately 3/4 of a mile north of Doll Flats. I also walked the trail south of Doll Flats in order to familiarize myself with what the vision is for that area during Hard Core.

Reporting: John Robbins
Date: 05/02/2015
Purpose: General Maintenance
Section: 3b: Spring to US421
People: John Robbins
Summary: An absolutely perfect day on the trail so walked from 421 to the Emergency Shelter. Clipped back briars, cleaned water bars, and cleared a couple small blow downs. Broke up 4 fire rings and packed out trash from each. Cleaned trash at the trail heads. Met a few day hikers and about 15 thru-hikers. Two, "Mr. Don" and "Beer man" are maintainers from Maine and were very complimentary of TEHCC trail work and curious to the lack of privies.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 05/02/2015
Purpose: Garlic Mustard Challenge
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Dan Firth, Vic Hasler, John Odell
Summary: The goal of one pound per trail mile was almost achieved in a single day. Four large, heavy duty trash bags were filled with 129 pounds of blooming garlic mustard plants pulled from along the north-bound trail, at the USFS road crossing and a couple of side spurs, and along a nearby clearing edge. In addition, three smaller bags of aluminum cans for recycling and trash for disposal were hauled out. A steady stream of backpackers passed through this gap – with a few stopping to learn about invasive species. The club will need to return next year to continue breaking the biennial cycle for garlic mustard.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/02/2015
Purpose: Prepare for Hard Core
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Carl Fritz
Mary Jane Fritz
Summary: We scouted some parking areas near TN/NC line on 19E. We checked out picnic shelter in Roan Mountain State Park. We delivered some tools to Hampton. We fastened a handrail post on Shook Branch Bridge. Carl added many tasks to our Hard Core task list!

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 05/01/2015
Purpose: Prepare for Hard Core
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Carl Fritz, Jim Chambers, Greg Kramer, Randy Madigan, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We continued to flag rehab. Also, we cut locust stakes and continued to debark down locusts. The crew installed about five steps and did some more rehab. We were in clouds all day and the high temperature was 42. Most of the hikers coming across the Roans in last couple of days could not see more than fifty feet! Hail and sleet was prevalent.

It may be a first of encouraging five cows off Doll Flats and into the pasture with their calves. The bawling suddenly ceased.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 05/01/2015
Purpose: Trail maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Pat Loven
Patrick Loven
Summary: We performed routine maintenance on this section today. Work consisted mainly of lopping rhododendron and hand sawing blow downs. Trail condition is very good.
We will need to return in a month or so to address nettle which is getting a good start in a few areas. We will also take a chain saw to clear a number of smaller 'step overs' .
We met 22 hikers today and most all were very appreciative of the Club's hard work.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 04/28/2015
Purpose: Mow campsite AT Overmountain
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed the campsite around the Shelter and the Privy Trail. Cleared about 15-20 feet wide strip below the campsite for better views down the valley below the campsite. Removed all rock and logs then mowed the extended area.
Work is needed near the Shelter to divert water under the trail. There are 2 very wet spots with standing water at this time. The trail to the shelter could use some crush and run. The lower water source needs to be improved prior to the dry season. There is only a stream the size of a pencil going thru the pipe

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 04/28/2015
Purpose: Mow the AT and the Access Trail
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed the access trail and the AT across the Osborne Farm

Reporting: Eric Middlemas
Date: 04/02/2015
Purpose: CPR/First Aid Training
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Eric Middlemas
Summary: Took online training in CPR/first aid and attended in-class training at the Bristol Red Cross facility. The online training was extensive. Obtained certificate to satisfy the sawyer certification requirements.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 04/27/2015
Purpose: Flag relocations
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Kim Peters, Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: The three of us finished flagging the relocations that we had plotted from Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mtn. Gap. We completed the flagging and used our GPS to record the new proposed relocations. We ended up with a total of 10 which was more than we had originally expected. We were well satisfied with our efforts and hope to see the project brought to conclusion.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 04/25/2015
Purpose: Trail mainteance
Section: 3a: McQueen's Gap - Spring 2.3 miles N of Low Gap
People: Rick Lott
Scotty Myers
Jim Price
Michael Watts
Summary: Expecting rainy day, but weather cleared up by the time we started. Did clipping, weeding, and removed small blowdowns. Trail generally in good shape. Saw a handful of through hikers who were very appreciative of trail maintenance.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 04/25/2015
Purpose: repair step
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: Water runoff from the parking area at Carvers Gap washed away the gravel and created a hole in the step. I placed rocks in the step containment area to prevent the gravel from washing away. I then filled the hole with gravel.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 03/21/2015
Purpose: First aid training
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Pat Loven
Summary: I completed the Adult First Aid/CPR/AED offered by Red Cross to validate my USFS Sawyer certification. This course consisted of an online at home portion during the week of March 16 and hands on class room training on March 21.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 04/26/2015
Purpose: Blow Down Removal
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Jim Chambers
Summary: As I was working in Damascus this past weekend, hikers informed me that there was a new blow down just south of the TN/VA state line. I hiked up there and removed it.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 04/25/2015
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Brian Schloff
Summary: Cleaned waterbars, lopped branches, cleared a few minor blowdowns & removed a moderate amount of trash from the barn & campsites. Made a preemptive strike on the briars with a swingblade. Drainage around the barn is still an issue as many springs are running. Dismantled numerous fire rings as they are starting to show up everywhere, including in the woods above the barn & several places on Little Hump. Saw only a few thru hikers but many section hikers & a Boy Scout group stayed in the barn. Despite the forecasted 100% chance of rain we had mostly blue skies & wildflowers were abundant.

Reporting: Gerald Scott
Date: 04/18/2015
Purpose: Spring maintenance
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Terry Oldfield, Tim McClain, Harold Wexler, Gerald Scott
Summary: We repainted blazes, north and southbound, cleared water bars and steps, lopped rhododendrons and other woody growth, cleared and dug out drainage ways, and removed a couple of small blowdowns. Rehabbed a 10-foot section of trail that was sloughing off. Maintained shelter and tent camping area. Shelter needs a logbook and a shelve. There is a 14-16" blowdown leaning over the trail with about 5 feet clearance under it that needs to be removed with a chainsaw. It is located about 1.5 miles south of Walnut Mountain road. There are two other leaners with adequate clearance south of the shelter. Pictures were sent to Kim Peters and Carl Fritz.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/24/2015
Purpose: Review Old Ridge Road Relocation
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Carl Fritz, Tim Stewart
Summary: We reviewed with Reuben Potter the two relocations between Double Springs Shelter and campsite. We decided rather than have a switchback in upper relocation to extend the relocation until it hit the A.T. again.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/24/2015
Purpose: Site Visit with Konnarock Crew Leaders
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Carl Fritz
Summary: Leanna Joyner, Reuben Potter, the Konnarock Crew Leaders and I visited the next to highest relocation on Backbone Rock Trail. We determined that this relocation will be sufficient work for two weeks of Konnarock Crew time early this summer. We also visited their campsite.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/23/2015
Purpose: Prepare and Rehab Trail
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Daryel Anderson, Dean Baird, Paul Benfield, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Mike Hupko, Greg Kramer, Pat Loven, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart
Summary: We cut up locust trees into sections and debarked many of them. We also rehabbed some trail north of Doll Flats

South of Doll Flats we mostly planned the necessary rehab and marked some crew sections.

More preparations are still required for Hard Core.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 04/21/2015
Purpose: To fix bridge
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: The bridge right below the 19E trail head had some loose boards that needed to be fixed. Becky drilled nails into the boards to secure them down. We walked up to the campground and everything looked fine there. Upon returning to the parking area, we picked up a few pieces of trash.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 04/21/2015
Purpose: Flag relocations
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Kim Peters, Jim Foster
Summary: Kim and I flagged and GPS'd 6 sections of relocations heading south on the AT from Greasy Creek Gap. It was a cool windy day and the flagging was difficult, at least trying to figure out how to lay it out was difficult. We ran up against the clock and didn't quite finish. One more trip should do it, there are at least two or possibly three more heading south toward Iron Mtn. Gap.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 04/17/2015
Purpose: Section maintenance
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Craig DeLoach and Joe DeLoach
Summary: We cut 10-12 blowdowns, a couple of which were bothersome to traverse, between Toll House Gap and Carvers Gap. Several steps need to be reset between Toll House Gap and Cloudland, summer project. It was quite wet and we improved drainage in numerous places. Placed register at the shelter and picked up trash, not too bad. Water has washed out the cribbed, boxed platform that is the first step descending into the woods at Carvers Gap. There is still some rock upon which to stand but not a lot, and it is at risk of further erosion.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 04/18/2015
Purpose: spring maintenance
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Ken Murray, John Robbins, Kayla Carter, Jim Floyd, Kim Peters
Summary: For this April 3rd Saturday - Hiking with Tools trip, we introduced Kayla to her newly adopted section. We performed general spring maintenance, cleaning out waterbars and steps, cutting back woody growth and painting blazes. We enjoyed lunch at Jones Falls. The trail to the falls could use a little rehabbing as it is sloughing off in a place or two. Also the sign indicating the trail to the falls is missing and needs to be replaced. We met lots of thru-hikers, all of whom thanked us for our work. The clouds moved in during the afternoon and it started raining on us as we got near the car at Campbell Hollow road. There is lots of recent evidence of a dirt bike riding on the trail in this area and we witnessed the rider crossing the trail in front of us near the road. Other than that, this section of trail is in good shape.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/17/2015
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Daryel Anderson, Ken Buchanan, Richard Carter, Jim Chambers, Robin Dean, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Reuben Potter
Summary: We did more preparation for Hard Core north of Doll Flats. Primarily, we prepared some locusts for side logs and steps. We did some rehab. Four of the crew diligently repaired the access road by removing leaves and filling muddy areas with rock or crushed rock. It seemed like there were dozens of hikers. Most thanked us and as usual some complemented us in particular on the work from Cloudland to Hughes Gap.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 04/16/2015
Purpose: Scout relocations
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Jim Foster
Summary: I did some preliminary scouting of relocations from Iron Mountain Gap to Greasy Creek Gap and back. I identified 6 possible sites where relocations might be appropriate. I ran into many hikers and the section is open and free of obstructions.

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 04/10/2015
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: It was about 50 degrees with a 60% chance of rain but I still went for it and it was well worth it. It was a good day to be in the woods.
I hiked in starting at Wilbur Dam Rd to Vandeventer for some routine maintenance there were a couple of small blow downs that I removed with handsaw. Also, there are two larger ones, one that is an easy duck under and the other is step over but each will require at least a single bucking saw to remove. Checked the shelter and all is good there. I replaced shelter journal with a new, cleaned up the fire ring and picked up trash around the shelter. Nothing major to report.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 04/13/2015
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: We cut the weeds back that were growing just below the trail head and checked on the new camping area. Ran into a through hiker and his dog that were camping out and sitting next to a fire. Upon returning to the trail head, we picked up some trash.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/14/2015
Purpose: Bridge Designs
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Carl Fritz and Ed Oliver
Summary: We did field inspection with Lynn DiFiore from USFS of Shook Branch bridge and bridge just south of 19E. With slight realignment of bridges, 16 foot will be sufficient for Shook Branch and 20 foot will work for south of 19E. Lynn will work on detailed designs and we will apply for Tennessee License Plate grant. Ed also drew some detailed sketches of concrete pads built for Koonford bridge.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 04/14/2015
Purpose: Blow down removal
Section: 2a: Backbone Rock Trail - Abingdon Gap Shelter
People: Jim Chambers
"Shoe Lace"
Summary: I was able to con a thru-hiker into hiking up the Backbone Rock Trail with me today, so I was able to get the last 2 large blow downs on my section of trail. We also got 2 blow downs on the Backbone Rock Trail. The new sections of the Backbone Rock Trail that we've dug recently are settling and draining nicely. I handed out 1 TEHCC Volunteer patch, and 1 ALDHA Work Crew patch.

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 04/13/2015
Purpose: Chainsaw Recertification
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Howard Guinn, Mike Hupko
Summary: Received chainsaw recertification at the USFS Unicoi Work Center