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: Ken Murray
Date: 08/27/2016
Purpose: Shelter Cleanup
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Lotta Murray
Sammy Willard
Summary: Cleanup up trash in fire pit and in shelter. The trash in fire pit and unburied toilet paper around were the worst we have seen. There must have been some very messy people recently.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 08/27/2016
Purpose: gps section and remove pin flags
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: Hiked out to the relocation to make a GPS track and to remove excess pin flags. Did not notice any left behind tools.

Returned the Nature Conservancy key on Friday.

Reporting: Tim Stewart
Date: 08/20/2016
Purpose: check section and clear rhododendrons
Section: 11b: Canute Place to Bitter End
People: Tim Stewart
Summary: Hiked from Bitter End for about 3 hours lopping rhododendrons. The trail looked good.

Reporting: Faye Guinn
Date: 08/27/2016
Purpose: clean water bars--check trail
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Howard Guinn
Faye Guinn
Summary: Picked up trash at the trail head parking--looks like someone had a beer with his happy meal and then left the trash by the road.We cleaned out the 30 or so water bars--long overdue!!! and cut one 8 tree from the trail. Checked the spring --running very small stream of water--next time in we will have to remove the pipe and check it .A family was camping at top of hill just before the orchard--orchard too overgrown for camping. Howard spoke to the maybe 6 year old boy and he told us if we needed water there was a blue blazed trail on down the trail that if we followed would take us to water.We thanked him for the information.--Faye

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 08/22/2016
Purpose: Shelter Clean up and brushing
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I hiked into Big Laurel Branch to do some brushing, clean up the shelter and replace shelter journal. SAWS had a crew in that was working on removing blow downs and this section should be clear now. The SAWS crews have done some great work on this section over the last month since the July storm.

I brushed out around a mile and half of trail, removed two smaller blow downs, cleaned out two water bars and brushed out around a couple of larger blow downs so the crew could come in and saw those out. The shelter was pretty clean and picked up minimal trash and cleaned out the fire ring. On the way out I removed a campsite and fire ring that was located pretty much on the trail.

I couldn't have picked a better day to do this, low humidity, no rain, temperature in the mid eighties and slight breeze. Not a bad day for a 10 miler.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 08/26/2016
Purpose: Continued revision of TEHCC Local Management Plan
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: The ATC Comprehensive Plan calls for the trail-maintaining clubs to have Local Management Plans to capture the policies and procedures adopted for stewardship of their assigned section in cooperation with agency partners. TEHCC made an extensive update in late 2014 which was circulated for review by the partners during the following year. Based on the feedback and further collection of relevant supporting documents, another revision has been generated for reference.

Reporting: Garry Luttrell
Date: 07/11/2016
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Janice and Garry Luttrell
Summary: The plan was for Janice to spot me at Cloudland then drive the van to Hugh's gap. After she saw the curvy road, she didn't want to drive on it.

Reporting: Garry Luttrelllo
Date: 08/22/2016
Purpose: Paint blazes
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Janice and Garry Luttrell
Summary: It was a great day to be on the Roan, after all the rain the previous week. We painted from top to bottom, and painted the blue blaze trail to water at Ash Gap.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 08/19/2016
Purpose: Evaluate and address several down or broken off trees at the Laurel Fork Shelter
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bill Hodge, David Cohen
Summary: We removed four trees down around the Laurel Fork Shelter and across the trail near the shelter using a cross-cut saw. We also used a grip-hoist to bring down a broken hazard tree in front of the shelter. We studied and planned for a return trip to remove tree and large limb that are on top of the shelter. We were joined for the day by Watauga District Recreation Program Manager Alice Cohen.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 08/22/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Lotta Murray
Summary: Routine summer vegetation maintenance

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 08/21/2016
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 14a: Doll Flats to Bradley Gap
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Spent a long wet day whacking back stinging nettle and other annual growth between Doll Flats and the open area of Hump. The upper half towards Hump was particularly overgrown. Trail is now clear.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 08/20/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintanance
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Gayle Riddervold and Becky Kinder
Summary: We cut a small blow down close to the Dennis Cove Parking Lot and physically removed another small tree that was hanging across the trail. As we got near the trail that goes down to Laurel Falls, a tiny baby cub crossed our path and ran up the hill. Luckily we didn't need to use the bear spray because we never encountered the mother bear. We continued onto the blue trail where we spotted 2 blow downs that were too big for us to cut. Some thorny weeds and stinging nettle were trimmed back on the way to the shelter. When we got to the Laurel Falls Shelter there was still a big tree that had fallen on the back of the Shelter. As far as we could see, it did not cause any structural damage to the Shelter. Before returning to the parking lot we cleaned up trash from 2 fire pits.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 08/19/2016
Purpose: Return borrowed USFS helmets
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Pat Loven
Summary: Returned helmets to the USFS Work Center that the Club borrowed for the ASU outing on the 12th.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 08/20/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 12c: Sugar Hollow Creek to Campbell Hollow Road
People: Kayla Carter, Stacy LaBare, Phyllis Cairnes, Jordan Peters, Kim Peters
Summary: What a great turnout for this 3rd Saturday Hiking with tools trip. We were able to split into two groups and cover two sections (see Gerald's report for section12b). After a complicated scheme of getting the shuttles set up, this group started at the Elk River and worked towards Campbell Hollow Rd. We cut the weeds along the river using a string trimmer and removed a rather large blowdown at the stile. We clipped lots of rhododendron and dog hobble, cleaned steps and removed several smaller blowdowns along the way. We left two blowdowns that will require a larger saw, the first is a 10" diameter dead hemlock about 0.25 mile south of the stile that is sticking out into the trail just enough to cause hikers to walk on the outer edge of the trail causing damage to the treadway. It could probably be removed with a silky saw. The second is about 1 mile north of Campbell Hollow Rd. it is 12-14" in diameter and will require a chainsaw. It is passable, but again causing treadway damage as hikers climb around it.
A big welcome to the two first timers on this trip, Stacy LaBare who traveled from Greeneville to join us and Jordan Peters who willingly carried and used the string trimmer the whole way. Thanks for your hard work!

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 08/15/2016
Purpose: TEHCC A.T. Committee
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Dan Firth, Kim Peters, Bob Peoples, Carl Fritz, Tim Stewart, Ted Mowery, Vic Hasler, Steve Perri
Summary: The agenda and lively conversation filled the two-hour period to cover many topics relevant to regular maintenance, future projects, and club policy. This trip report summarizes a few for general sharing through the newsletter. Successful efforts have continued to improve the Backbone Rock access trail (with Konnarock Crew) plus the A.T. in the Old Ridge Road section (with 121 ASU students and staff!) and up on Unaka Mtn. Abingdon Gap shelter was painted. Ted Mowery recognized as volunteer of the month in The Register and on ATC website. Severe storm on July 9th storm caused many blowdowns across the A.T. Laurel Fork Shelter is closed because two oaks and a locust are resting on the roof with a hazard tree hanging overhead. Being a technically challenging situation in a wilderness area, USFS will have to address with their expertise using manual tools. SAWS dispatched two six-person crews to clear the trail in the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness, and will return in late August to continue working north. After some complaints were received regarding briars, the club sent crews to address trouble spots, particularly between the split to Grassy Ridge and Stan Murray Shelter. The privy at Overmountain Shelter will need to be moved again in Spring 2017. The accessible section at Osborne farm has been repaired, but will need further work to sustain, such better crusher rock and mechanical compaction. Virginia Creeper Trail might be able to provide some guidance. Jim Chambers agreed to be on the Roan Mtn A.T. Community panel, which is expected to submit their application soon. It was noted that Danny Harper, Wes Ford, Lori Mirrer, and Carl Belcher are new folks who have attended multiple maintenance events over the past year, thus thank them for their participation. Secret for recruiting has been having a direct contact. Local management plan will be updated to reference SAWS and Old Timers Hiking Club as partners with designated trail sections. Konnarock crew leadership did not provided written inventory updates which could be filed for the ongoing trail valuation. ALDHA is hosting an event on Columbus Day in October 2017 partnering with Virginia Highlands community college (no football conflicts!) and Damascus, which is an approach the ATC Vista (biennial) might want to consider. Inquiry about performing trail maintenance in Bays Mtn Park noted that our primary focus is on the Appalachian Trail. Club is not interested in being sole organizing force for events, but recommends that an assessment be done to determine top priorities within the park, which then specific projects could be developed to recruit volunteers from overall membership.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 08/18/2016
Purpose: Roan Naturalist year end review
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Joined Keith Kelley and Alice Cohen from the Watauga Ranger District, National Forests in North Carolina Biologist Gary Kaufmann, Matt Drury from ATC, Marquette Crockett from SAHC, and 2016 Roan Naturalist Eric Rayfield for his year-end review. The Appalachian RD hosted the meeting but none of their personnel attended. In general over the last four years the Pisgah NF has had less interaction concerning the Roan Naturalist than has the Cherokee NF. Eric's season went well and he was given good marks for his positive interaction with visitors and messaging. Eric focused on the high use balds between Carvers Gap and Grassy Ridge, and though he frequently visited the shelters he did not make it a practice to visit each of the three shelters in the Roan Highlands every week. I supported him for this focus, and agreed to provide suggestions for areas in which to concentrate throughout the season next year. Use spikes around Memorial Day which has the highest number of backpackers for the season, and during the rhododendron bloom on the balds in mid- to late June. Eric's season started a week earlier than that of past ridgerunners, the weekend before Memorial Day, to give him a week of experience prior to the throngs of the holiday weekend. All agreed that this was desirable but the season did not need to start earlier than that. His bent avens surveys found the highest concentrations where the old AT crosses the relocation between Grassy Ridge and Stan Murray Shelter, with few plants very far off the Trail. Eric said in general that thru-hikers were considerably less impactful to the Trail than some overnighters and day hikers. For example, in his last week two idiots, evidently wife and husband, were observed carving their name with a Dremel into the rock at the summit of Grassy Ridge and when told that they were causing a permanent impact to a natural feature they replied "don't worry, we're almost done." Earlier a church camp picked a full bouquet of Gray's lilies because it was more important for them to have the rare flowers for one day than for the public to enjoy and for the plants to propagate. All agreed that the Round Bald relocation and the fee charged at the Roan Day Use Area had substantially increased visitor use and impact to the balds. Campfires, mainly from overnighters on the balds, continue to be impacts, with rare plants near rock outcrops being damaged. Addressing such impacts primarily falls to the Appalachian RD and their lack of participation in the meeting limited discussion and possibility for action.

Reporting: Richard Carter
Date: 08/18/2016
Purpose: cut weeds
Section: 14c: Stan Murray Shelter to Carvers Gap
People: Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, Carl Fritz, Richard Carter
Summary: We cut weeds and briars, mostly between the junction with Grassy Ridge Trail and about a quarter mile south of Stan Murray Shelter, and did a little identification work on one of our rare and endangered plants, geum geniculatum.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/18/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Jim Chambers, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: The crew continued some good rehab work adding 17 steps and a lot of sidehill. They alertly were watching radar on cell phones and abandoned work site about fifteen minutes before the rain started.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 08/17/2016
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Cut back VERY overgrown weeds and multi-flora rose bushes between Shook Branch and Forest Service gate. Also cleared 4 blow downs around Watauga Lake.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 08/16/2016
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield. Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat as needed of the camping area at Overmountain Shelter and trail to Privy and water source. Installed a post and water sign where some hikers were getting confused. Repainted all water blue blazes. Removed all trash. We feel the Privy needs to be replaced prior to the thru hikers coming thru next spring.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 08/16/2016
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat the Appalachian and Accessible trail across the Osborne Farm as needed. Forest Service got a good kill on the last spraying of the trail. There has been a good rain since we did the maintenance on the erosion at the stiles and they seemed to have held up good. Someone filled most of the gullies in the lane at and near the accessible parking area only one rut remains.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/16/2016
Purpose: Clean Hard Hats
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Carl Fritz, Ed Oliver, George Thorpe
Summary: We primarily cleaned hard hats from recent ASU outing.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/12/2016
Purpose: clearing blowdowns
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Cleared several medium to large blowdowns, leaving a very large one south of Laurel Fork shelter. Met several day hikers.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 08/14/2016
Purpose: Blazing
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Painted blazes from Cloudland to Roan High Knob Shelter, including on the post at the shelter side trail junction. Sawed one limb out of the Trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/12/2016
Purpose: Build trail relocation
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: TEHCC and friends: Ron Batcheler, John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Cairnes, Jim Chambers, Andrew Codson, Carl Fritz, Pat Loven, Karen Loven, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Ed Oliver, Brian Paley, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, George Thorpe
Plus ASU and children: 121
Summary: Thanks to the Appalachian State University Watauga Global Community students and professors who awoke early and worked hard. Many had not been on Appalachian Trail previously, let alone build it. And many thanks to TEHCC members and friends who arose even earlier to prepare for and lead this outing. It is inspiring when three commercial buses arrive loaded with students. This was probably the largest group we have had in the field. In the 2015 Hard Core there were a couple more volunteers but slightly fewer in the field.

Since we had to leave seven trucks in pasture, Phyllis successfully researched how to shoo cattle and did a fantastic job in protecting the trucks.

And Ed Oliver helped everyone start their day with banana, pumpkin, raisin, nut muffins.

There were a few bee stings and some upset stomachs, but achievements happened from working together. The freshmen students had made new friends with each other at end of the day and the AT had over 1000 feet of new trail.

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 08/13/2016
Purpose: Routine trail maintenance
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Curtis Baird
Dean Baird
Summary: Trimmed grass, shrubs, briars, etc., primarily under powerlines. Inspected trail and located one approximately 12" diameter tree over trail that is easily walked under. Will require chainsaw to remove and will do at a later date.

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 08/05/2016
Purpose: Check trail and remove trash
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Adam Baird
Jennifer Baird
Summary: Removed 2 bags of trash.

Reporting: Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Date: 07/17/2016
Purpose: Log out from storm
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Lauren D'Amato
Kristy Robinson
Jane Windler
Josh Fernandez
Emily Dishongh
Emma Bouchard
Sadie Yinger
Alli Graf
Matthew Baker
Chris Robey
Sina Varshaneh
Alex Hauke
Mason Boring
Alex Mohrman
Nathan Pipenburg
David Cohen
Bill Hodge
Summary: Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards sent both their Central and Southern field crews out to the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness on Monday, July 18th thru Thursday, July 21st in response to damage on the Appalachian Trail from storms that swept through the week prior. Both Wilderness Field Crews along worked on the trail north of Wilbur Dam Road. The two 6-person crews were able to clear trees that fell across the trail from Wilbur Dam Road to the spring south of the Vandeventer Shelter, about 3.5 miles. They cleared 73 boles with cross-cuts, cleared 12 crowns with hand-saws and cross-cuts and worked on re-establishing the tread in a few places where root balls had damaged the trail or trail corridor.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/05/2016
Purpose: Prepare trail relocation
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Jim Chambers, Jim Foster, Carl Fritz, Ed Oliver, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters
Summary: We went to Old Ridge Road trail relocation over 2 miles south of TN91, cleared it of blowdowns and weeds, set pin flags, measured it and divided it in sections. We also cut some locust logs for cribbing. We had many adventures today including forgetting the pin flags and losing vehicle keys. We also endured three heavy showers in the afternoon probably totaling at least an inch of rain. But we are now ready for ASU next week in the field.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 08/05/2016
Purpose: Trail maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Pat Loven
Danny Harper
Summary: Drove to top of White Rock Mountain on 4x4 road. Trimmed grass along trail at Canute's and proceeded north on trail. Cut lots of greenbrier and some rhododendron. Also cut neddle in one area. Sawed a 16" tree out of the trail that had been a real problem to get around. Met two hikers during the day.
Southern portion of this section is now in very good condition.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 08/02/2016
Purpose: Build trail relocation
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Daryel Anderson, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Bill Murdoch, Ed Oliver, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart
Summary: We were pleased to have Konnarock Crews for two work weeks, June 25-June 29 and July 30-August 3. We had club members out working with them for all six of their full work days. We started working on upper relocation which eliminates the steepest section of Backbone Rock Trail. Over 1300 feet of trail was built. There were many rocks that obstructed the sidehill digging. Both Konnarock crews had nine volunteers and two leaders. It will take at least two more weeks of Konnarock to complete this relocation.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/31/2016
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: After happening upon a car flipped most of the way over in the woods near The Laurels and calling 911, I drove on up to Carvers Gap where I bumped into Roan Ridgerunner Eric Rayfield. Eric has conducted some surveys of bent avens between Grassy Ridge and Stan Murray Shelter and is finding most very close to the Trail, especially where the old Trail which went straight down the fall line crosses the current Trail. Cut blackberries and trimmed annual growth to the point I stopped on the last trip. Cut two blowdowns, one a rather large one that has been hanging over the Trail and had dropped to the point of requiring hikers less than 6 feet tall to stoop under. The cross-country skiers should be happy.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 07/31/2016
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Brian Schloff
Summary: Used swingblade to cut back worst of the briars to Bradley Gap & the overgrown sections up to Hump Mtn. Removed a large amount of trash from the campsites & the barn. Dispersed the always re-appearing fire ring at Little Hump - it has been greatly expanded & apparently heavily used recently as a thick layer of ash & partially burned trash was evident. The impact area of tents up there has also doubled in the last 2 weeks. The piped spring at Bradley Gap campsites was not running, but there was water on the trail closer to Little Hump. We looked at the blue blaze trail for the spring at the barn & trimmed back some vegetation so the lower blazes are more evident. We also removed one of the "water" signs that may have been confusing to hikers.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/29/2016
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Ed Oliver, Phyllis Cairnes, Rolla Wade, Kim Peters
Summary: On this wonderfully cool and cloudy day in the mountains, we managed to get all the weeds cut from Hughes Gap to Ash Gap and boy did they need it. Rolla and Kim hiked up to Ash Gap with a weedeater and worked their way down the hill while Phyllis and Ed wielded swing blades and worked their way up from Hughes Gap. We met up in the middle around 3:30 pm and were very glad to see each other as that meant the work was done, right about the time that we ran out of energy.
The trail is now clear of weeds. We met several groups of hikers including a Boy Scout troop from Charlotte and several south bounders all of whom thanked us for our work.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 07/28/2016
Purpose: Check on reported blowdown
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Jim Foster
Summary: I went back to check out the reported blowdown and man did I find one. I got there just as a family of 3 were trying to work there way through. It was so large you could not safely get around and so thick you could barely get through. After many cuts with my Corona I was able to remove enough limbs to make it a passable step over. I will need to go back and finish (trail will need some rehab) with larger saw. I also cleared a few small blowdown son my way to the shelter.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/28/2016
Purpose: Repair trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Pat Loven, George Thorpe, Ted Mowery, Lilly Kramer, Greg Kramer, Kim Peters, Paul Benfield, Joe Morris, Jim Chambers, Bob Peoples, Ken Buchanan
Summary: A recent storm which dropped 4 inches of rain in an hour washed away much of the accessible trail at the stile leaving a deep ditch. The crew spent all day putting in various water diversions and moving gravel via buckets to fill in the ditch. The trail is now fixed and we sure hope it stays that way. Pat did an excellent job filling in for Carl. He successfully called lunch on time as well as the more important quitting time, for which we were all grateful on this rather warm day.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 07/27/2016
Purpose: Check for blowdowns
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: Jim Foster
Summary: I went back to see if there were any more blow downs on Howard's section and cover part of mine also. I ended up cutting and dragging 5 out of the trail. Two southbound hikers said that the rest of my section was fine but another hiker told me there's a large blowdown 1/4 mi. North of the shelter. Not sure who to believe so I guess I'll go back and check it out.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/26/2016
Purpose: APPA Capital Planning
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: TEHCC: Carl Fritz, Vic Hasler
ATC: Leanna Joyner, Morgan Summerville
Summary: A teleconference was held to review projects in the current TEHCC plan which desire funding in the APPA park office budget. For 2017, Konnarock Crew will continue two (or three, if available) weeks to finish up the relocations planned for the Backbone Rock Trail. For 2018, renovation of Cherry Gap Shelter is planned by the club. For 2019, US321 crossing is on the schedule, but needs more scope definition to complete the required reviews. For 2020 thru 2023, the roughly 4,000 ft. relocation of A.T. around Weedy Gap is proposed with the Konnarock Crew. Some parts of this project have been flagged, but there may be a more optimal path, thus a field visit with ATC/USFS is desired in late October or November when the leaves are down. For 2021, renovation of the No Business Knob Shelter is in the plan, but TEHCC needs to review whether there is sufficient demand for this small shelter to say that is really needs to be modified. This topic should be debated at the Fall Partnership discussion. Other potential projects briefly reviewed were the Osborne Farm accessible trail section, removing PUDS north of Temple Hill Gap (which is the last item on the optimal path review), and degraded switchbacks at Doll Flats. None of these efforts specifically require APPA funding. The planning horizon was through 2023, which is good as 2024 is the current year for the next Deep South Biennial.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 07/26/2016
Purpose: Clear blowdowns
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Cleared 14 blow downs from Forest Service gate to Watauga shelter.

Reporting: Craig Haire
Date: 07/03/2016
Purpose: clearing trailside vegetation
Section: 20a: Nolichucky River to Temple Hill Gap
People: Craig Haire
Summary: Using a 4-cycle string trimmer, I cleared the overgrowth alongside the trail from Temple Hill Gap to Temple Hill ridge. Met one south-bounder headed for Springer Mtn.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/25/2016
Purpose: Mowing
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed the camp area and trails as needed. The hikers are searching for water down the branch from the old spring beside the road. They aren't finding suitable water down that stream bed. It appears the blue blazing of the correct trail needs to be more clearly marked. While we were at the Osborne farm it was reported by a hiker that the trail from Wilber Dam Road to 91 was in very bad shape due to blowdowns from the recent storm

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/25/2016
Purpose: Mowed Accessible Trail
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery4
Summary: Mowed and weed eat the accessible trail on the Osborne. Only about 1/3 of the trail had been sprayed. Perhaps they were waiting for the seed to sprout from the hay mowing before spraying the rest of the trail. Everything looks good. The main gate to the lane has been run into again bending it much more. The farmer who rents the farm stated that he arrived at the gate recently and the top hinge was loose on the gate which would have allowed someone to open the gate.

Reporting: Vic Hasler
Date: 07/25/2016
Purpose: Webinar for ATC Biennial Program
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Vic Hasler
Summary: ATC hosted a webinar to further share recommendations from the task force. Only new information for TEHCC was a delay in the implementation by a year so that the Deep South region is now hosting in 2024.

Each club was allowed in turn to provide feedback during webinar. Many expressed disappointment with the name choices available for branding the event. Another concept stated was to identify four to six top locations along the A.T. and then rotate between these sites. Some later comments did not support this approach as it would limit ability to section hike the entire Trail; however, it would be a good idea to inventory potential places which can accommodate the event while being near the A.T. and its communities as planning needs 3-4 years to lock in a venue. College campuses continue to be popular to provide lower cost housing along with local hotels, thus could be a starting point for the site list. The contract event planner must have outdoor experience, which hopefully is solid for our third round in 2024. Roles and responsibilities between ATC, clubs, and the contract firm will need to be clear for good execution. The standard schedule would have a Friday evening check-in followed by three days of events and hiking. A question was raised whether this arrangement allowed enough time for those who were coming to section hike the region. Afterwards, I suggested to the issue committee that a quick analysis of recent hiking program data by participant could confirm whether this objective is important to those coming to this event, thus provide insight for planning.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/22/2016
Purpose: Improve drainage
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: After the inspection trip at U. S. 321, drove to Carvers Gap and installed two drainage ditches where water is draining along the parking at the highway down into the Trail heading north. I will go back and make at least one a waterbar when I have suitable logs.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/22/2016
Purpose: Check properties
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Prior to inspection of the planned new Trail route into Shook Branch Recreation Area, looked at some potential properties for A. T. protection along the lakeside along with Morgan Sommerville and Leanna Joyner from ATC.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 07/24/2016
Purpose: routine maintenance and check for down trees from storm 2 weeks ago
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: Checked to see how many trees came down in the big storm 2 weeks ago. Broke apart 1 campsite, cleaned around steps and water bars. Surprised things have already grown back. Lopped as needed. Cut 2 blow downs. Found 2 trees that were cut we are guessing by ATV's that use the dirt road. One very large one. This time they helped. Rehabbed 6' of side hills were some thing pushed the cribbing over. Dragged more limbs to keep ATV off trail in northern part. Seems to be working.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/22/2016
Purpose: Scout trail options
Section: 9a: US321 to Pond Flats
People: Joe DeLoach, Vic Hasler, Carl Fritz, Ed Oliver, Bob Peoples, Leanna Joyner, Morgan Sommerville
Summary: Primarily, we explored trail crossing options for US321 at Atwood property. A meeting with USFS and TDOT will be required. Also, Vic Morgan and Leanna explored some low priority property purchases in the area.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/18/2016
Purpose: sharpen Tools
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: Paul Benfield
Summary: Sharpened Jim Chambers Crosscut Saw used on the Trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/21/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Daryel Anderson, John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Carl Fritz, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Bill Murdoch, Brian Paley, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, George Thorpe, Cody McConnell, Logan West
Summary: On a very hot and still day, we perspired but at least the temperature did not get out of the 70's even though cities were in mid to upper 90's. We continued working down hill, but the going was slow because of all the rock steps and cribbing we had to add. Hopefully, fewer steps will be needed soon.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 07/20/2016
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Lyndsey Smith
Summary: Checked section for blowdowns - only found one small limb that was easily removed with the handsaw. Lopped back numerous briars as the section is growing back in quickly despite the recent cutting. Removed a small amount of trash from the Bradley Gap campsites. At least one horse has recently been on the Trail between Little Hump & Bradley Gap - most impacts are in the relo section with "step throughs" on the edge of the tread.

Reporting: Steve Wilson
Date: 07/20/2016
Purpose: Cutting Blowdown Trees
Section: 12b: Walnut Mountain Road to Sugar Hollow Creek
People: Ted Malone & Steve Wilson
Summary: The goal of this outing was to cut the addition blowdowns in this section which were reported after the recent wind storm. We found the two significant blowdowns and several others that required the chainsaw. We counted at least 18 blowdowns, and used two tanks of gas. This section has been cleared and is in good shape.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/20/2016
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 9a: US321 to Pond Flats
People: Carl Fritz, Bob Peoples
Summary: We cleared several more blowdowns and purchased some tools from Brown's Hardware.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 07/16/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Brian Schloff
Summary: Weeds were 'whacked' from the barn to Stan Murray, with a few miles of weedeater carrying practice thrown in as the plastic on the cutting head broke as soon as we reached Stan Murray. We were able to cobble it together enough to finish up the section, though. Cut out one small blowdown. Removed a small amount of trash from both shelters. The illegal ATV access is showing signs of use again, so I have notified the Cherokee NF. Lots of day hikers out despite the forecasted rain.

Reporting: timbo Test
Date: 07/10/2016
Purpose: Testing form changes - disregard
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: 1
Summary: 1

Reporting: timbo Test
Date: 07/03/2016
Purpose: Testing form changes - disregard
Section: Choose Section
People: 1
Summary: 1