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: Joe Morris
Date: 04/10/2014
Purpose: TEHCC Volunteer Request
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Joe Morris
Summary: Made a presentation on behalf of TEHCC at the Laughlin Healthcare Foundation. My presentation focused on "trail highlights" from the Smokies to Damascus and I, also, made a "pitch" for TEHCC and its maintenance opportunities. The meeting was very well attended and well received. The Foundation Director intends to put me in contact with potential interested parties at Tusculum College.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 04/23/2014
Purpose: Replace rotted bridge timbers
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Ed Oliver, Darrell Anderson, Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: We replaced 5 of the rotted bridge boards on the bridge. We also discovered that we have 4 more of the longer boards to replace. We will need 3 additional long boards and some more hardware to finish the job.

Reporting: Bob Peoples
Date: 04/20/2014
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Bob Peoples, Mike Price
Summary: A week earlier Mike Price, "Lumpy", helped stabilize a seriously ill hiker until High Mountain Rescue could evacuate the hiker. The hiker was located on White Rocks Mtn at lower end of major Hard Core relocations last year. They used ATVs to cross the new trail five times as they used old trail. Bob and Lumpy rehabbed the damage by rebuilding the log and rock cribs. There were several large rocks that they could not move back, but they are not critical and the trail is in good shape again.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 04/19/2014
Purpose: Shelter Maintenance
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: John Robbins, Monika Wiedmann, Joe DeLoach, Kim Peters
Summary: The purpose of this April's 3rd Saturday - Hiking with Tools trip was to do shelter maintenance at No Business Knob Shelter. We accessed the AT at Devil's Creek Gap and hiked 2.6 miles north to the shelter lopping some rhodies and other woody growth along the way. There wasn't very much lopping to do as Bill Berry, the maintainer for this section does an excellent job. At the shelter we picked up two bags of trash and left a new log book. The shovel is missing a handle and there is no broom. Joe spotted a dead tree which is leaning on another tree and may either fall on the shelter or on the camping area nearby. We will notify the Forest Service. We met about 20 thru-hikers and several section hikers on this mostly cloudy and sometimes rainy day. All in all another successful Hiking with Tools trip!

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 04/18/2014
Purpose: Clean water bars and remove blowdowns from the trail
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: John Tomko, Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: We walked my entire section cleaning water bars and removing a few blowdowns by hand. We also cleaned up around the shelter. The trail is in good shape.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/17/2014
Purpose: Rehab on Osborne Farm
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Daryel Anderson, John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Richard Carter, Carl Fritz, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Mike Price, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe, "High Loon"
Summary: We had a great day on the Osborne farm today. The crew replaced many of the blaze posts in the pasture. Cattle keep pushing them over. Now there are mostly rock cairns. Some are single rocks that are partially buried and still over two feet high. All were blazed. Steps were realigned to match stile after leaving accessible trail. About 100 buckets of gravel were added to accessible trail in various spots that were becoming problematic. We reworked stile at TN 91 by replacing three posts and making the only obstacle one gate. We also dug a significant ditch to remove water before stile so the slope down to driveway quits washing. The farm is looking very clean.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 04/11/2014
Purpose: ATC Combined SORO and VARO RPC Meeting
Section: Mountain Lake, VA
People: Steve Perri, Steve Wilson
Summary: 2014 A.T. Partnership Meeting; 4/11-4/13/2014, Mtn Lake, VA
Steve Perri, Steve Wilson

ATC Report
A Hike in The Woods will be filmed on parts of the A.T. in 2014. It is being produced by Robert Redford Productions starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Expect it to highlight the partnership in a positive light and will be released in 2015. ATC is promoting the Wounded Warrior Project in 2014 which will involve vets hiking the A.T., PCT, and Rocky Mtns Hiking Trail. ATC is working on a new strategic plan since the last one was developed in 2003. The 5 goals are: 1) Effective stewardship, 2) Proactive protection, 3) Engaged partners, 4) Broader relevancy, and 5) Sustainable funding. ATC is working to roll it out in fall of 2014. Clubs are being asked to provide input through a review, then provide feedback through a collaborative website. Clubs need to submit comments by April 25th.

APPO Report
The APPO (Appalachian Trail Park Office) is developing a new communication plan called the Foundation Document. All park units are developing these to effectively communicate the Appalachian National Scenic Trail’s purpose and governing objectives which will help in future land protection and promotion of the Appalachian Trail. There are 4 major blocks of the plan which is being developed this year and rolled out in 2015. Additionally, the APPO is working to seek the National Historic Trail designation for the A.T. This designation will potentially provide greater protection of the trail from future threats.

USFS Region 8 Report
The USFS is working to roll out a new program to replace the YCC called 21CSC (21st century service corp) which will be promoted to engage youth 15-35 yrs of age. There are multiple programs bundled together to make available to introduce people to the trail. A marketing company has been hired to help communicate this to the public. Additional news from the forest service is agreement on the Celanese acquisition. After many years of discussions, Dave Ferguson from the southern region helped bring closure with Celanese agreeing to donate the land along the New River as a scenic easement.

Awards
Nominations of awards among the ATC partnership were selected and announced during the meeting. The awardees are: Pete Berntsen – 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Richard Judy - 2013 Partner of the Year, David Whitmore – 2013 Partnership Award.

MYLES of Science
MYLES (Millennial Youth Led Expeditions in Science) is being initiated thru GSMNP and Montreat College in NC through funding from Burroughs Welcome Foundation. It is a piloting program to introduce high school students to the field of science in the outdoors. It will be operated for 5 weeks beginning June 15th thru August 1. Cost is $75 for participants to be immersed in the outdoors.

Funded Programs
TTEC (Trail to Every Classroom) funds were reduced from the ATC budget. Discussions were to consider a longer-term model for funding or consider tag grants for 2014. Open-areas funds were eliminated in the budget in 2014. A discussion is taking place to relay differences in terms at the federal level regarding funding for landscapes, which is the term used in budgeting at the federal level for open areas. So funding at a partial level may still occur this year and inclusion of landscapes for our budgeting requests will occur in the future budgets. A comprehensive review is being conducted among the region for a more historical perspective and for developing a long-term strategy. TrailKarma is being launched during Hard Core through a grant program to bring a social media project to the trail. Andy Downs set it up and reviewed the plan and how it works. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing it go viral.

SORO Discussions
• Comments to the Pisgah NF revision plan from clubs are being accepted until April 28th.
• Partners are anticipating an uptick in overnight trail use due to the Walk in the Woods movie and social media. Clubs are being asked to assess their sections to determine whether there are likely group use camp sites to ID along their trail sections. Expecting an uptick in 2015 and later so starting the process now would allow adequate planning in case NEPA work will be required.
Clubs have been asked to ID potential sites with a quad map by fall meeting of the RPC. TEHCC abstained from voting in favor of the request.
• SORO is working to accelerate the timeline for RPC awards so that paperwork can be filed in advance of the meetings and to ensure that recipients can be invited to the meeting. So clubs and partners will be asked to file paperwork in the fall instead of in a rush in in Feb.
• The Wildermine Hollow and Old Road Ridge Relo were reviewed by the SORO RPC and approved. The committee discussed having agencies see the proposals prior to the RPC and recommended to have them reviewed that way (similar to Konnarock proposals). We also agreed to have ATC merge forms so there is one form for regular projects and Konnarck projects. In an ideal world, crew leaders could have the ATC list of deficiencies in advance each year so they could ID task items and cross them off if they get them done with connectivity to the trail assessment ID number. Rehab projects will not need RPC approval.
• The SORO committee endorsed the no-fee policy proposal to send to the board for a vote.
• ATC is revising how they might change the trail assessment process. Leanna will be contacting clubs to do field inspections in 2014.
• Clubs discussed LNT placards. Not all clubs received them. In general, clubs and agency partners were to discuss where LNT info could be posted with agreement as opposed to too widely dispersing them.
• The AT Trail Atlas is now available to clubs. It provides a map with the trail assessment database items and allows windows to be describing the work and associated stamped info. Clubs have been provided with the software with this info.
• John O’Dell discussed using the Trail Atlas to print maps and use these to go into the field to do work or inventory. Training in using the system might be needed for clubs or agency partners who may want to use it.
• Leanna has all the Konnarock logistic forms for 2014. For 2014, we acknowledged using the same location since it was a continuation of an existing project.
• The database of land acquisitions is being made available if needed. But Morgan reviewed the status of projects on the list.
• Clubs need to review the A.T. Communities Supporter program. It allows businesses to fill out a 1-page form to provide some form of support for the AT community. The AT Community committee then determines whether the proposal merits formal recognition. They get recognition in the form of a window decal, website announcement, or other potential form of acknowledgement.
• Clubs are encouraged to bring the 50th Wilderness Anniversary into their 2014 programs. There is a UTube website video to use.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 04/09/2014
Purpose: ATC Spring Partnership Meeting
Section: Mars Hill, NC
People: Morgan Sommerville, John O’Dell, Leanna Joyner; USFS – Cheryl Summers, Matt Fusco, Keith Kelly, Gray Buckles, Reuben Potter, Matt McCombs, Dave McFee; TEHCC – Ed Oliver, Jim Foster, Tim Stewart, Paul Benfield, Kim Peters, Ted Mowery, Carl Fritz, Steve Perri
Summary: 2014 ATC AT Partnership Meeting – April 9, 2014

Attendees: ATC – Morgan Sommerville, John O’Dell, Leanna Joyner; USFS – Cheryl Summers, Matt Fusco, Keith Kelly, Gray Buckles, Reuben Potter, Matt McCombs, Dave McFee; TEHCC – Ed Oliver, Jim Foster, Tim Stewart, Paul Benfield, Kim Peters, Ted Mowery, Carl Fritz, Steve Perri

Our spring ATC partnership meeting was held at the Pisgah National Forest Service office in Mars Hill.

TEHCC Reports: Winter has extended the project durations for a number of relos underway. About 0.5 mi of rehab work was completed since EOY including short sections around Watauga Lk, Indian Grave Gap and in Laurel Fork Gorge. Additional work on relos include Backbone Rock (~0.2 mi) and Hughes Gap to Cloudland. Several trips to assess work for the 2 long bridges were carried out to ID what materials and design changes are needed to bring the bridges up to new standards and to secure the rails. We identified some improvements in anchoring the bridges and enhancing the support structure for the railings. Koonford bridge is still being planned for Fall when water levels are lower and thruhikers are mostly north. Dates to remember: Hardcore May 18-19 at Little Rock Knob and Cloudland/Ash Gap; Ridgerunner for Roan starts week of May 19th; Konnarock July 5-9 and July 24-28th at Little Rock Knob.

Agency discussions: Terry Bowerman’s replacement has yet to be named. Keith Kelley will cover temporarily for a short period. NEPA coordinator Jeff Chynoweth will be resigning and his replacement is unknown at this time. There is an Acting Deputy Supervisor on the Cherokee that is still open, likely through May. The prescribed burn at Martin’s Creek near Indian Grave Gap was executed several weeks ago. Hikers were escorted during the burn. An additional burn is planned closer to Indian Grave Gap called the Joe Berry burn. So far, no indications of bear issues near Watauga Lake, but it is early. TVA is switching to secure containers for campers to use to store food. However, the most concern is from day use around the lake and trash being left behind. We may need to modify the bear pole at Watauga Lk shelter. The Pisgah NF revision plan is in Phase II. The public has been invited to send comments in writing by the end of the month for new areas of inclusion in management. A special all-day meeting is scheduled at the Crown Plaza in Asheville on April 17th.

ATC discussions: An offer has been extended to Fletcher Medina for the Roan Ridgerunner season in 2014. Training for Fletcher will be later in the week of May 19th. Plans are for Fletcher to camp out Thur-Sun on the trail and focus on Cloudland to Grassy Ridge with options to stay at Roan High Knob and Yellow Mt Shelters. EMN will participate in the orientation/training and on support activities through the season. Open area funding got held up this year, however; ATC is looking to get partial funding still by other means. John Odell has funds to hire an intern to assist in doing Summer work which might involve spraying. Osborne tract work is underway to move fencing along accessible trail. Morgan may have funds for additional gravel. The lower fence in near the road has been moved and improved. We discussed the new ATC form to request project approval from trail partners. We submitted 2 on the Watauga district and reviewed them: 1) Wildermine Hollow campsites and 2) Old Ridge Rd relo for 2019. An additional form was emailed on April 10th to the Watauga to request moving the Koonford center span bridge which will be removed this fall to Shook Branch to replace an older foot bridge. Morgan sees this form being used for Konnarock and other project requests. Leanna is working on getting additional training lined up for chain saw recertifications next year.
Other items: We discussed the Kiosk proposal for Unicoi County and the ideal locations, design and info to be included. Locating it at Chestoa would involve approvals from the USFS Unaka district. Cheryl Summers has offered to assist in coordinating this with our ambassador. We discussed the Noro Virus communication plan for 2014. Several key agencies have been involved to educate the public on how to reduce transfer of the virus. Specific posters were placed on bulletin boards and given to hostels. There haven’t been any official reports to date, but a hiker may have recently been ill along the trail – we will be following up to get more up to date info and verify if it is an actual Noro virous incident.

Next meeting: Oct. 8, 2014 in Unicoi.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 04/13/2014
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
People: Craig Haire
Summary: big nasty tree. 90% of cut with 12" Greenworks electric chainsaw, 10% with 49" crosscut saw.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 04/12/2014
Purpose: Section maintenance
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Cut blowdowns, lopped, made minor improvements to drainage, and placed shelter register. Thanks to Jim Chambers for reporting a fairly large and obstructing blowdown near Cloudland. Only two others besides that, all were removed. Longest task was cleaning up around the shelter, far cry from how nice it looked with the ridgerunner's care last summer. I particularly enjoyed carrying out a bow saw (without a blade) which looked like it had been used a lot in the surrounding area. I left a little Leave No Trace message in the register. I'll plan to reset some of the steps later this year. Some sections, especially near Cloudland, could use more intensive rehab, but overall looks much better than last spring.

Reporting: Garry Luttrell
Date: 04/12/2014
Purpose: Trim limbs, clear path, det needs
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Kent Wilson,
Garry Luttrell,
Summary: It was a beautiful day on the Roan! We cleared the pathway with clippers and hand saws, and left with 'to do' items: paint blue blazes to the spring at Ash Gap and paint white blazes from Ash Gap down to next new relocation (unless some new relo's are opening in this area soon). We met at least 12 hikers today, and almost all thanked us for the work we do on maintaining the trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/12/2014
Purpose: Repair middle and northern bridges in Gorge
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Daryel Anderson, Yancey Appling, Jax Barrett, Paul Benfield, Caleb Everett, Stuart Everett, Jim Foster, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Bryson McKinney, Ted Mowery, Kenny Parker, Bob Peoples, Mike Price, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe, "Santa"
Summary: We reduced movement in hand rails, replaced some timbers, replaced missing bolts and added missing bolt nuts. Special thanks to Greg Kramer, Yancey Appling, Stuart Everett and Kenny Parker for hanging under bridges to make some of the modifications. This was a successful outing .

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/10/2014
Purpose: Repair middle bridge in gorge
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Daryel Anderson, Paul Benfield, Jim Foster, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples
Summary: We did some preliminary repairs on middle bridge. We also practiced in getting underneath the bridge for some of the repairs. We learned of additional materials needed to accomplish tasks.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/10/2014
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: John Beaudet, Jim Chambers, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Kim Peters, Mike Price, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart
Summary: Some finished trail rehab at northern bridge in gorge and then worked with rest on rehabbing sloughing trail going up south side of Pond Mt.

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 04/11/2014
Purpose: Spring Maintenance
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Bruce Darby, Ernie Hartford, Faye Guinn, Howard Guinn, John Parks, Daryl Loyd, Lana Scott, Eric Middlemas, Judy Middlemas, Marsha Hupko, Mike Hupko
Summary: Cut 11 small trees, one large tree, and removed many small limbs on the trail, lopped briars and overhanging limbs, cleaned water bars, picked up trash, replaced Cherry Gap Shelter Log, cleaned up around the shelter. Piped spring at the shelter was flowing very good.

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 04/11/2014
Purpose: Spring Maintenance
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Andrew Cleland, Lamar Adcox, Jeannine Edwards, Dave McMillin
Summary: Removed limbs from the trail, lopped overhanging branches, cleaned out water bars, and picked up trash.

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 04/10/2014
Purpose: Spring Maintenance
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Faye Guinn, Howard Guinn, Ernie Hartford, Wayne Jones, Mike Hupko
Summary: Cut 15 small trees and removed many broken limbs from the trail, cleaned out water bars, replaced the water sign post in the orchard, cleaned out the spring at the orchard, and picked up trash.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 04/11/2014
Purpose: lay out relocations
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Ed Oliver, Jim Foster
Summary: Ed and I scouted for possible relocations between Beauty Spot Gap and Unaka Mtn. We laid out one relo and will submit a report on the possibility of others to be considered.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 04/11/2014
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: Cleaned trash at the trail head, then proceeded to clear small branches from the trail. Becky cleaned out the water bars. Hiked up about one and a half miles to clear a reported blow down. Cut the rhododendrons and branches from the blow down before rolling the tree to the side of the bank.
Saw a good number of thru hikers on this day.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 04/11/2014
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: Cleaned trash at the trail head, then proceeded to clear small branches from the trail. Becky cleaned out the water bars. Hiked up about one and a half miles to clear a reported blow down. Cut the rhododendrons and branches from the blow down before rolling the tree to the side of the bank.
Saw a good number of thru hikers on this day.

Reporting: Phyllis Cairnes
Date: 04/10/2014
Purpose: shelter maintenance
Section: 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen's Gap
People: Rolla Wade
Phyllis Cairnes
Summary: Picked up trash, (including a full set of long underwear), left a fresh journal, shoveled out the fire ring, checked the downhill water source (adequate, but low flow). Two bottles of hand sanitizer were on the picnic table. Two thru-hikers said hand sanitizer was also at Vandeventer. Rolla picked up trash on the way back to Low Gap while I walked on to Damascus where he picked me up.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 03/22/2014
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Brian Schloff
Summary: Cleaned waterbars (again!), cleared several small blowdowns, reset most of the t-bar steel posts w/blazes on the balds as they were leaning or down. Saw many day & section hikers& 1 thru hiker at the barn. Lots of trash in the barn & at Bradley Gap campsites. Saw signs of recent ATV activity at Bradley Gap & reported to Pisgah RD.

Reporting: Steve Perri
Date: 04/15/2014
Purpose: Spring Trail Maintenance
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Phil Heidt, Jon Penney, Steve Perri
Summary: We hiked in near Elk River from gated road access. We hiked up to Campbell Hollow Rd removing 22 blowdowns, removed smaller tree branches, and painted blazes in both directions. We cut out some larger trees with the bow saw so there are no trees remaining that need to be removed. Water at Jones Falls had an excellent flow. We saw many section and thru hikers going trail north. We hiked down to Elk River and went about half way to Sugar Hollow Creek then turned around. Section should be fine until June to deal with weeds.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 04/02/2014
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Jim Chambers
Summary: Per my conversation with Carl Fritz, I repainted all blazes from the Laurel Fork Shelter intersection north to where the new relocation ends. This action ties together the relocation and all work performed yesterday.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 04/01/2014
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Daryel Anderson, John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, "Lumpy" Mike Price, "Long Haul" Justin Scott
Summary: We cleared some blowdowns on high water trail, did a lot of rehab on high water trail, AT before steps to falls, and AT north of shelter. In most cases the trail was badly sloughing or very rooty. In some areas we tried to bury roots by using locust sidelogs.
We did about 380 feet in total.

Reporting: Michael Watts
Date: 03/29/2014
Purpose: Annual maintenance
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Rick Lott
Ryan Russum
Michael Watts
Summary: Painted blazes, trimmed, weeded, cleared blowdowns, and picked up trash. Trail generally in good shape. Met a number of northbound through hikers.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 03/28/2014
Purpose: Trail maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Ken Buchanan
Pat Loven
Summary: We drove up White Rock Mountain on the 4wd road and worked north. Our goal was to check the trail as far as the 2013 Hard Core relocations. We removed a couple of blow downs, lopped rohdo, and removed other minor obstructions. Considering the winter we just experienced, the trail was in very good condition.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 03/27/2014
Purpose: Chainsaw/Trail Maintenance
Section: 2a: Backbone Rock Trail - Abingdon Gap Shelter
People: Jim Chambers
John Beaudet
Summary: Myself and John removed all blow downs, step-overs and obstructions from McQueen's Gap to Damascus, VA. We also checked all information signs along with putting two bottles of hand sanitizer in Abington Gap Shelter.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/22/2014
Purpose: Wilderness First Aid Training
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: John Beaudet, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz
Summary: On March 22 and 23 we took Wilderness First Aid training.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/21/2014
Purpose: CPR Training
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Ted Mowery
Summary: We took CPR training.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 03/20/2014
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 19a: Indian Grave Gap - Curley Maple Gap Shelter
People: John Beaudet, Richard Carter, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Greg Kramer, Pat Loven, Ted Mowery, Fritz Swanson
Summary: We finished the major rehabs down to Curley Maple Gap Shelter by redigging the severely rooty and rocky sections. Also, dug a major ditch at shelter to prevent water from going into shelter.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 03/14/2014
Purpose: Clear blowdowns
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Debbie Akins
Summary: Placed the new register, shovel & brooms at the shelter. Cut the recently reported blowdown on the blue blaze. Dismantled a newly created fire ring & removed alot of trash from the barn & the campsite at the Overmountain trail intersection. Met many section hikers out on spring break.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 03/15/2014
Purpose: Lop and clear blowdowns
Section: 11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
People: Ken Murray, Lotta Murray, Libby Cradic, Andrew Cradic, Tim Stewart, John Robbins, Mary Fanslow, Kim Peters
Summary: The first 3rd Saturday - Hiking with Tools trip of 2014 was a great success! We had enough volunteers to split into two groups. One group hiked out to Moreland Gap shelter and worked their way back towards Bitter End while the other group started from Bitter End and worked their way out to meet the first group coming back. We clipped rhody's and other growth from the trail as well as cleared several blowdowns. The section from Bitter End to the shelter is now in great shape. We met one NOBO thru-hiker and several section hikers who expressed their appreciation for our hard work. Much thanks to all the volunteers!

Reporting: Terry Oldfield
Date: 03/14/2014
Purpose: Maintain Double Springs Shelter
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Kim Peters, Terry Oldfield
Summary: On this beautiful sunny day, we hiked to the shelter from TN 91, trimming a few greenbriers on the way. At the shelter, we left a new log book, swept, cleared snow from the picnic table and picked up trash. The trash included a large plastic sheet that had been nailed up on the front of the shelter as a windbreak. Kim removed the log and rocks that were holding down the bottom of the plastic sheet. One large tree trunk has been hauled down the trail toward the shelter causing a gulley and water erosion in the middle of the trail. Subsequently, the area in front of the shelter is wet and muddy. This needs to be corrected by creating a new water diversion up-trail. On the way back to TN 91, we cleared waterbars. Trail is clear except for a 12 to 14 inch blowdown about 1/2 mile from the shelter.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 03/14/2014
Purpose: Chainsaw Training
Section: 2a: Backbone Rock Trail - Abingdon Gap Shelter
People: Jim Chambers
Summary: I became certified with the chainsaw this weekend. I had classroom training in Asheville, NC yesterday, and field training today in Pisgah National Forest.

Reporting: Eric Middlemas
Date: 03/15/2014
Purpose: Annual Spring maintenance
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Eric Middlemas
Summary: Cleared water bars and blowdowns between Iron Mtn Gap and Cherry Gap Shelter. Removed 3 small blowdowns.