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: 07/22/2016
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

Reporting: Scotty Bowman
Date: 07/17/2016
Purpose: Brushing in preparation for SAWS crews
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Scotty Bowman
Summary: I hiked into Big Laurel Branch Wilderness to access storm damage and do some brushing in preparation of SAWS crews coming in Monday. I was able to remove 6 blowdowns and brushed out about 1.25 miles.

Reporting: Timbo Test
Date: 07/01/2016
Purpose: Testing
Section: Other (Meetings/preparation/etc.)
People: T
Summary: I want this to work!

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/16/2016
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 15b: Cloudland Hotel - Hughes Gap
People: Phyllis Cairnes, Terry Oldfield, Kim Peters
Summary: The plan for this 3rd Saturday Hiking with Tools trip was to cut the weeds from Cloudland to Hughes Gap. However, lots of people either thought that cutting weeds was not much fun or that the 50% chance of rain might make a miserable day and didn't show up. But three hardy volunteers made it to Hughes Gap to start on cutting the weeds. Unfortunately, about the time we geared up got and ready to go, the skies opened up and dumped rain on us. We took shelter in the car and waited. And waited. The rain did not lessen and we decided that cutting wet weeds is much less fun than cutting dry weeds so we would just abort the plan and go hiking instead. On the way back we stopped at Iron Mt. Gap and took a hike out and back to Cherry Gap shelter. It was cool and cloudy and we had a fine hike.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Cut briars and clipped brush between Carvers Gap and the old Hack Line Road. Piled some brush in an old route the Roan Naturalist reported that hikers were taking a wrong turn onto heading Trail north towards Carvers Gap, and at the junction with the Hack Line where hikers were cutting the sharp turn. Dug out one waterbar. Water is draining through the parking area along the highway and is washing the gravel out of the Trail immediately south of Carvers Gap. Diversion is complicated there because of the parking, but I believe there is room for a waterbar. I'll look for a large log in the area to install next time, and paint blazes.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Ken Buchanan, Pat Buchanan, Robin Dean, Joe Morris
Summary: This crew led by octarians cleared six log blowdowns and did some trimming. This section is clear.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 9a: US321 to Pond Flats
People: Scotty Bowman, Carl Fritz, Bill Murdoch
Summary: Cleared all the blowdowns and limbs. At least there was a lot less damage than on other side of lake. Some really big trees just missed the trail. We have a couple of large hemlocks that are awkward step overs near the wilderness boundary. They can be removed later. This section is clear.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: Clear blowdowns
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Danny Harper, Paul Benfield, George Thorp, Ted Mowery, Pat Loven
Summary: Walked south on trail from Dennis Cove to address recent blowdowns. Main objective was a large reported blowdown about one mile from the road crossing. The tree had fallen with a large root ball and took a 15' section of trail with it. We repaired the damaged section with cribbing and backfill. We also cleared a number of smaller blowdowns in the area.
Saw four hikers today one of whom was from New Zealand. According to these hikers the trail is clear now to Canute's.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: Blow Downs
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bob Peoples
Jim Chambers
Summary: Removed substantial blowdown between Laurel Fork Shelter and Laurel Falls, and assessed tree damage to Laurel Fork Shelter.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: clear blowdowns
Section: 19a: Indian Grave Gap - Curley Maple Gap Shelter
People: John Beaudet, Jim Foster
Summary: After clearing the blowdowns north of Iron Mt. Gap, John and Jim headed to Indian Grave Gap to clear the reported blowdowns on John's section. Every thing went smoothly and his section is now clear.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 07/14/2016
Purpose: Cut weeds & clear blowdowns
Section: 16b: Greasy Creek Gap to Iron Mountain Gap
People: John Beaudet, Jim Foster, Kim Peters
Summary: John and Jim hiked in about 2 miles north from Iron Mt. Gap with a chainsaw and cleared all the blowdowns they found while Kim ran the weedeater from Iron Mt. Gap to Weedy Gap and cut all the weeds. John and Jim finished first and moved on to clear more blowdowns on John's section. Kim got back to the car just as the rain started. What good timing!

Reporting: Eric Middlemas
Date: 07/11/2016
Purpose: Summer maintenance
Section: 17: Iron Mountain Gap to FS230 switchback
People: Mike Hupko
Eric Middlemas
Judy Middlemas
Rich Ritter
Tim Shipley
Janice Miller
Bruce Darby
Lana Scott
Wayne Jones
Jeannine Edwards
Dave Douthat
Howard Guinn
Summary: Performed routine summer trail maintenance from FS230 to Iron Mtn. Gap. Removed weeds with string trimmers, small blowdowns, and debris from trail. Checked springs and Cherry Gap Shelter. There were about 4 blowdowns between Iron Mtn Gap and Cherry Gap that will be removed at a later date.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/13/2016
Purpose: Clear Blowdowns
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Carl Belcher, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Ed Oliver, Bob Peoples, George Thorpe, Steve Wilson
Summary: We cut 44 blowdowns from recent storm from Wilbur Dam Rd to Watauga Dam. We also rehabbed where two tree root balls took out the trail. Paul did an excellent job of replacing some of rotting wooden steps at TVA road with rock steps. This section of trail is open.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 07/12/2016
Purpose: To check for Blow Downs
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: Due to the recent wind storm, we decided to checked the conditions of the trail for blow downs. Ran into 2 hikers who reported that there were no fallen trees on this part of the trail. We cut a few overhanging branches and weeds. We spotted some erosion on one part of the trail and made a rock crib. About half way up the trail it started to rain and we were forced to return to our car. As we returned to the trail head, we picked up a few pieces of trash as well.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 07/13/2016
Purpose: Check for location of reported blowdown
Section: 19a: Indian Grave Gap - Curley Maple Gap Shelter
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: We located the reported blowdown (actually 3 of them) and trimmed it out so hikers wouldn't have to go off the trail. We also cleared a few smaller ones. A chainsaw will be needed. They are between 1.3 and 1.9 miles from Indian Grave Gap trail south.

Reporting: Ken Buchanan
Date: 07/10/2016
Purpose: Mow weeds
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Ken Buchanan
Wayne Buchanan
Summary: Once more I enlisted a willing worker from within the family for a walk in the woods.Sunday afternoon, we clipped weeds and green briars out to the shelter.
We timed it about right as the trail was not overgrown but it would have been in another week. It will require clipping again in 2-3 weeks.
We met six North bound hikers. Each eager to tell us about the really bad trail conditions they had encountered. One had counted 251 blowdowns over 6". Another said a really big tree had fallen and taken out a large section of trail.
At least Carl will not run out of things for us to do for a spell.

Reporting: Richard Lott
Date: 07/09/2016
Purpose: Paint blazes, weed eat, cut blowdowns
Section: 3a: McQueen's Gap - Spring 2.3 miles N of Low Gap
People: Richard Lott
Scotty Myers
Missy Wright
Susan Rook
Summary: Weeded a solid 1.5 miles mostly from McQueens gap to Spring
Cut 2 blowdowns with chainsaw and 3 with silky saw between spring and US 421
Painted blazes from McQueens gap to US 421
Weeding still needed for 0.5 miles trail north from spring and about 0.5 miles about halfway between spring and 421. Ran out of fuel, time, and stamina to complete all weeding.

Reporting: Joe DeLoach
Date: 07/10/2016
Purpose: Section Maintenance
Section: 15a: Carvers Gap - Cloudland Hotel
People: Joe DeLoach
Summary: Cut briars and clipped annual growth between Cloudland and a sunny spot about 0.3 miles Trail north of the Roan High Knob Shelter side trail that gets overgrown in the summer. Cut the one blowdown, just north of the shelter trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 07/08/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Daryel Anderson, John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Jim Chambers, Carl Fritz, Lilly Kramer, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We continued the trail rehab work down Unaka Mtn. towards Deep Gap. We added 29 new rock steps and a lot of cribbing. Most of the rock had to moved as far as 100 feet. We only saw five hikers and they were very complimentary of the work done over the last several weeks. The memorable question of the day was, "Had we brought all that rock in?"

Reporting: Steve Wilson
Date: 06/29/2016
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 two blowdowns and to visit Mountaineer shelter. We were able to remove one of the trees, but not the second which was a 16-inch locust tree due to the chainsaw was not up to the task. We plan to return within a few days to finish cutting the locust tree.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/04/2016
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat trails and tenting area at the Shelter as needed. Policed up all the trash at and in he shelter and removed it

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 07/04/2016
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weed eat the trail across the farm as needed. Placed a water diversion in the accessible trail to assist in diverting the water from the trail. The accessible trail needs to be sprayed to remove foliage growth from the trail. The fence along the lane has a section removed from the gate south allowing hikers to go down the bank. This opening causes the gate at the stile to be of little use. The stile gate had been left open. The Cattle have been turned into the newly fenced off area and have eaten most of the grass. We lopped off some of the low foliage in the trail at the beginning of the accessible trail.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 07/01/2016
Purpose: Trim weeds at Trail Head
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: The over grown grass was cut from the 19 E trail head to the bridge at the creek and beyond with a lawnmower. We also trimmed around the boulders at the parking area and checked for trash but did not see any garage.

Reporting: Dean Baird
Date: 07/02/2016
Purpose: Routine trail maintenance
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Dean Baird, Jennifer Baird
Summary: We inspected the trail and removed a significant amount of trash.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 07/01/2016
Purpose: weed whack
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick, Gloria Sedgwick
Summary: The great weed whack marathon cont. on today. Grass, rose and briars have grown tall. Seems like more than last year. Dragged more down logs across ATV path in my futile attempt to keep ATV from getting on trail. I was passed my 3 ATV and 1 motorcycle going down hill in Bishop Hollow. At least they knocked down the hay. Not as many hikers as the other day. A few flip floppers. Gloria helped shuttle but had to leave early. A long day but trail is clear and hikers can find it.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 07/01/2016
Purpose: Cut blowdowns
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Cut 2 blowdowns between Watauga Dam and Watauga shelter.

Reporting: Joe Morris
Date: 06/30/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance and Switchback Rehab
Section: 9b: Pond Flats to Hampton trailhead
People: Robin Dean
Joe Morris
Summary: "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Robin and I headed to Pond Mtn to fix a switchback that has been compromised. We cut seasonal growth in the gorge and ran into a substantial blowdown (unprepared) as the trail turned left and started up Pond Mtn. We made the blowdown passable with the small Corona saw and continued up Pond to fix the switchback. Unfortunately, a 3 step staircase we installed last fall with the regular Thursday crew had failed. We started over... (re-building) on the staircase and added 3 additional steps. Section hikers: Xanadu and Litter-Bug had stayed with Bob Peoples the night before and they arrived at the work site just in time to help move our biggest rock of the day. There are some opportunities for improvement remaining in this general area; however, waiting for cooler temps would be advised as it was very hot on Pond today.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 06/30/2016
Purpose: Install Graffiti board and sign
Section: 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen's Gap
People: Ken Murray, Lotta Murray, Kim Peters
Summary: Lotta Murray kindly volunteered to make a graffiti board for Abingdon Gap Shelter similar to the one she made earlier for No Business Knob Shelter. The concept of a graffiti board is to provide a place for hikers to leave their marks without writing on the shelter walls. The board can then be painted over each year rather than having to repaint the entire shelter. Since Abingdon Gap Shelter has recently been painted and is graffiti free, it is a perfect place to test this concept. Ken volunteered to hike out with me and install the board. We also brought along the refurbished wooden sign which was removed on the last trip. At McQueen's Gap as we were unloading the car, we encountered a large group of about 12 hikers from Florida who were doing a section hike from Roan Mt. to Troutdale. We leapfrogged with them up the trail to the shelter where they took a break and watched us install the graffiti board and the sign. Although Ken encouraged the hikers to be the first to write on the board they declined as they said they were not staying there. The freshly painted walls of the shelter are free still of graffiti and hopefully this new board will help to keep it that way.

Reporting: Jim Chambers
Date: 06/29/2016
Purpose: Blow Downs
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Bob Peoples
Jim Chambers
Summary: Removed 2 large blow downs

Reporting: Eric Middlemas
Date: 06/29/2016
Purpose: Summer maintenance
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Eric Middlemas
Judy Middlemas
Jeannine Edwards
Rich Ritter
Scott Thomsen
Tim Shipley
Bruce Darby
David Polon
Wayne Jones
Janice Miller
Howard Guinn
Faye Guinn
Mike Hupko
Marsha Hupko
Summary: Mowed weeds and woody growth along the sides of the trail from the FS230 Switchback to Indian Grave Gap. Removed small, encroaching branches with loppers. Cleaned out water bars and removed trash.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 06/26/2016
Purpose: Brushing
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Brian Schloff
Summary: Had plenty of weedeater carrying practice as we hauled the cutter up to Little Hump to pick up where we stopped on Friday. We brushed the remainder of the trail to Bradley Gap & cut out one large blowdown. Removed a small amount of trash from the campsites. Replaced the AT sign trail south of the Overmountain trail. Very few hikers out.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 06/24/2016
Purpose: Brushing
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Vern Maddux
Summary: Used the weedeater & loppers to brush the trail from the barn to Littler Hump before impending t-storms turned us back. Removed a small amount of trash from the barn & the campsites along the trail. Placed a new register in the shelter.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 06/27/2016
Purpose: Weed whacked/ clear trail
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: The great weed whack tour moved on to the middle part of the section. Grass/ rose and weeds are growing well this summer. Took a lot to clear. Abundant poison ivy. 12 hikers today. 1 flip flopper.

Reporting: Brian Paley
Date: 06/25/2016
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 8: Wilbur Dam Road to US321
People: Brian Paley
Summary: Lopped trail from Wilbur Dam Road to past the shelter. Cleared a couple of small blowdowns. Recorded two larger blowdowns just before the shelter (24 in and 7 in climb-overs). Shelter looks in good shape, but needs a new rake (or at least a new handle for the rake). The changes at the base of the bear pole look good. On the way back, I hiked the new access trail to the Watauga Visitor Center. It also has a large blowdown near the top.

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 06/23/2016
Purpose: Finish trimming trail
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Bruce Darby, Jim
Summary: We finished the trimming that we started Monday. It was a good day although very humid.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/23/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Daryel Anderson, John Beaudet, Paul Benfield, Ken Buchanan, Robin Dean, Carl Fritz, Danny Harper, Greg Kramer, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bill Murdoch, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Kevin Sedgwick, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: With a great crew and temperatures maxing out at 70 rather than 90 like in low country, we continued rehab adding many rock steps, rock cribbing and log cribbing. There are many more work days in this area. Most were able to attend a departing party for Reuben Potter at the Laurels.

Reporting: Gayle Riddervold
Date: 06/23/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintanance
Section: 13: US19E to Doll Flats
People: Gayle Riddervold & Becky Kinder
Summary: We walked up as far as the power lines, trimming back rhododendrons, overhanging branches, and weeds. Several dead logs that had been hanging over or onto the trail were also cut. When we got up towards the power lines, there were 2 new blow downs. One tree was cut and removed. The other tree which was completely uprooted was too big for us to saw. It is difficult for someone of short stature to hike over the fallen tree. Other hikers have hiked around the roots, or below the side of the trail, causing a little bit of erosion trying to get around it. The last blow down had already been reported in a previous maintenance report. We attempted to cut it but after 45 minutes of sawing, we gave up.

Reporting: ken Murray
Date: 06/21/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Summary: Working on vegetation control on far (inaccessible) part of Section 20b.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 06/09/2016
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Mike Brickell
Summary: Returned to look for my missing swingblade (which was not found). Luckily I had already anticipated this & brought a new one to finish up. The AT SCENIC TRAIL sign has been stolen - the nails & corners are all that remain. Removed another moderate amount of trash from the barn. Met a father & son setting up camp in the field at the barn with a hatchet cutting live limbs so I gave a brief "LNT' talk & showed them where they could find down & dead wood. Quite a few hikers in the barn & set up in the field.

Reporting: Lynn DiFiore
Date: 06/05/2016
Purpose: Routine maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Lynn DiFiore
Summary: Used loppers & a swingblade to knock back the worst of the briars along this section. Removed a moderate amount of trash from the barn, including a half dozen mason jars from the new brewery in Spruce Pine .A massive thunderstorm cut the trip short (and also caused the loss of my swingblade as I left it leaning against the car when I left). Met a few thru hikers & alot of day hikers.

Reporting: Kevin Sedgwick
Date: 06/22/2016
Purpose: clear trail
Section: 12d: Campbell Hollow Road to US19E
People: Kevin Sedgwick
Summary: weed whacked northern end of section. meet lots of hikers.

Reporting: Bob Peoples
Date: 06/21/2016
Purpose: Check trail
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bob Peoples
Summary: Bob walked both the AT and shelter trail. Only one blowdown is there and he will get it soon. He lopped any problem growth. Waycaster spring is dry. A couple of places near shelter need some trail rehab later this year. There was some sign vandalism at junction with Hampton Blue Blazer.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 06/19/2016
Purpose: Cut weeds
Section: 5: TN91 to Iron Mountain Shelter
People: Pat Buchanan, Ken Buchanan, Kim Peters
Summary: Kim and Ken used string trimmers to cut the weeds on this section while Pat followed behind with loppers cutting rhododendron and green brier. We recovered some loppers at the shelter left behind by the SAWS group last week. We met quite a few hikers including a large group of ten from Wilderness Trail. This section is now in good shape for the summer.

Reporting: Kim Peters
Date: 06/18/2016
Purpose: Paint Abingdon Gap Shelter
Section: 2b: Abingdon Gap Shelter to McQueen's Gap
People: Phyllis Cairnes, Rolla Wade, Tim Stewart, Lori Mirrer, Jim Floyd, Kim Peters
Summary: The June 3rd Saturday Hiking with Tools trip was a little different as our tools consisted of paint brushes and rollers. On this wonderfully cool day, we started out from McQueens's Gap and hiked about a mile in to Abingdon Gap shelter carrying three cans of paint, tools to apply it with and a section of gutter to replace the front gutter on the shelter. We scraped and cleaned the surfaces, painted the inside and outside and replaced the gutter on the front. Tim climbed up on the roof with caulking and made another attempt to stop the persistent leak. There were hikers at the shelter when we arrived, and more stopped in for lunch or were just passing through to Damascus. It was a lovely day to be out in the woods. Hopefully it will be some time before graffiti begins to appear on the freshly painted surfaces.
Many thanks to this fine crew for working so hard and another special thanks to Lori who again drove 3 hrs from Charlotte to join us (and then had to drive 3 hrs home afterwards!).

Reporting: Jim Foster
Date: 06/20/2016
Purpose: Trim trail
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Bruce Darby, Jim Foster
Summary: We started trimming the trail at Hughes Gap and were making good time at Little Rock Knob when our string trimmer decided to call it a day. No amount of coaxing and cussing could get it going again. So we'll have to finish another time.

Reporting: Pat Loven
Date: 06/19/2016
Purpose: Trail maintenance
Section: 11a: Dennis Cove Road to Canute Place
People: Pat Loven
Karen Loven
Summary: Drove to Dennis Cove this afternoon for a hike with tools. Found that vegetation along trail was much heavier than expected including more nettle than usual. About 1 3/4 miles up the mountain, we cleared a trail blocking blowdown with a hand saw except for a 12" step over. Didn't have time to go further. We'll return later with a chainsaw and work the remainder of this section.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 06/19/2016
Purpose: Summer vegetation management
Section: 20b: Temple Hill Gap to Spivey Gap
People: Ken Murray
Lotta Murray
Jenny Eckenrode
Summary: Clipped rhodedendrens

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/18/2016
Purpose: Hike out following 5 day Maintenance Trip
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: The SAWS/United States Naval Academy Crew, after spending five days working on annual vegetation issues and cutting out blow-downs between the Vandeventer Shelter and the Iron Mountain Shelter packed up camp and hiked out to Wilbur Dam Road where they were met by Congressman Phil Roe to thank them for their work.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/17/2016
Purpose: Annual vegetation management
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: Brushed and log-out the first three miles north of the Vandeventer Shelter with loppers, sling-blades, hand saws and cross-cut saws

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/16/2016
Purpose: Annual Maintenance of vegetation and downed trees
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: Worked to brush the middle two miles between the shelters and moved camp to the Vandeventer Shelter (gap by water source)

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/15/2016
Purpose: Brush and log-out trail corridor south of the Iron Mountain Shelter
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: The SAWS/United States Naval Academy Crew worked to thoroughly brush the first three miles south of the Iron Mountain Shelter and to remove trees down across the trail. The work involved loppers, sling-blades, hand saws and cross-cut saws.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/13/2016
Purpose: Hike in, establish camp and start working on brushing trail corridor between Iron Mountain Shelter and Vandeventer Shelter
Section: 6: Iron Mountain Shelter to Vandeventer Shelter
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: The SAWS/United States Naval Academy Crew hiked in from 91, established camp by the Iron Mountain Shelter and started working on brushing the first mile south of the shelter. This was the first day of a five day maintenance trip.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/10/2016
Purpose: Clear annual vegetation growth from the trail corridor
Section: 7: Vandeventer Shelter to Wilbur Dam Rd
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: The SAWS/United States Naval Academy Crew hiked in and brushed thoroughly the trail corridor from the top of the switchbacks north of Wilbur Dam Road. The crew brushed a total of 2.5 miles of rhodo and annual vegetation growth.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/09/2016
Purpose: Install new sign and remove old bridge stringers
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Katie Currier, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: The SAWS/United States Naval Academy Crew installed a new information kiosk about 100 yards south of the Cross Mountain Trailhead and then went to Dennis Cove, hiked in to Coons Ford and cut up old bridge stringers with cross-cut saws and hand carried them out.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/08/2016
Purpose: Install and deliver new information signs
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bill Hodge, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Dory Lustig, Adrienne Wang, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: Working with the Watauga District Staff we installed two new Wilderness information kiosks at the Dennis Cove Trailhead, and delivered and hiked in a new Wilderness information kiosk at Cross Mountain.

Reporting: Bill Hodge
Date: 06/07/2016
Purpose: Deliver and Unload new Wilderness Information Kiosk Signs - Remove Old Bridge Stringers
Section: 10: Hampton trailhead to Dennis Cove Road
People: Bill Hodge, Ryan Mariano, Collin Massman, Adrienne Wang, Dory Lustig, Mason Hicks, Vanessa Medford
Summary: We loaded two signs at the Watauga Work Center, delivered and unloaded the signs at Dennis Cove. We also carried out three pieces of old bridge stringers from last year's bridge project.

Reporting: Ken Murray
Date: 06/18/2016
Purpose: Routine Maintenance
Section: 1: TN/VA state line to Backbone Rock Trail
People: Ken Murray
Summary: Routine summer vegetation control in areas where vegetation impinges on trail.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/17/2016
Purpose: check shelter
Section: 16a: Hughes Gap to Greasy Creek Gap
People: Jim Foster, Carl Fritz
Summary: We inspected roof on shelter. It is still leaking and we developed some plans to repair. We also removed a cart that had been abandoned at shelter for weeks.

Reporting: Carl Fritz
Date: 06/16/2016
Purpose: Rehab trail
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Daryel Anderson, Ken Buchanan, Robin Dean, Carl Fritz, Pat Loven, Joe Morris, Ted Mowery, Bob Peoples, Kim Peters, Tim Stewart, George Thorpe
Summary: We started some trail rehab north of Deep Gap. Mostly, we removed problem rocks, straightened trail and added many rock steps and rock cribbing. This is the start of multiple work days here. But it was about 15 degrees cooler here than in the low country.

Reporting: Terry Oldfield
Date: 06/08/2016
Purpose: Maintain Double Springs Shelter
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Kim Peters, Terry Oldfield
Summary: We hiked in from TN 91, making note of the new, well-constructed fence on the Osborne Farm. On the way, we cut briers and observed two blowdowns across the trail that are too large to cut with a handsaw. The blowdowns are about 2 miles in from TN 91. At the shelter, we picked up trash, dispersed rocks from a fire ring, and left a new log book. The water source was running well. We hiked back, leaving the shelter crowded with thru-hikers stopping in for lunch. It was a beautiful day.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 06/13/2016
Purpose: Trail Maintenance
Section: 14b: Bradley Gap to Stan Murray Shelter
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed the camping area at the Overmountain Shelter and weedeat around Shelter and Trails.

Reporting: Paul Benfield
Date: 06/13/2016
Purpose: Maintenance
Section: 4b: Double Springs Shelter to TN91
People: Paul Benfield, Ted Mowery
Summary: Mowed and weedeat the Appalachian Trail and the Accessible Trail as needed.

Reporting: Mike Hupko
Date: 06/10/2016
Purpose: Trail Inspection
Section: 18: FS230 switchback to Indian Grave Gap
People: Marsha Hupko, Mike Hupko
Summary: Cut a multi-limbed tree from the trail. Checked weed growth in Beauty Spot, Beauty Spot Gap and Deep Gap. Beauty Spot looked good, but Beauty Spot Gap needs mowing now. Picked up trash at BS parking area.