Highlights: Register for March BreakAway. First Aid Class. Trail Maintainer class. Backpacker Magazine lists CT. CTSST passes 200 Miles, Trail Building 101 dates . . .
CTC Volunteers – We Need You !
Sign Up for 2017 BreakAway /ASB !
2017 BreakAway – March 4 to April 1 near Dayton, TN.
BreakAway / Alternative Spring Break is in our 22nd year! Set aside some time in March to work with over 160 college students on the trail ! To confirm your participation contact the CTC Office firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to know what days (or weeks) you will be volunteering so we can arrange for accommodations and meals. base camp information below.
We expect to leave camp at 8 AM EASTERN TIME. Work week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for the students. Work will continue on Wednesday for local volunteers and paid crew. _______________________________________
Trail Building 101 Course at Fort Bluff
Sunday, March 5 from 10AM to 2PM Eastern
An essential, hands-on course in building a sustainable hiking trail. Under the guidance of Master Trail Builders, participants will work through every aspect of trail building from corridor clearing to final grooming. Students will learn tool safety, trail terminology, the “zipper-method” of duff removal, the importance of cutting a proper back slope, how to “grub-out” stumps and simple rock work. Participants will gain a better appreciation for how water and hikers work against a trail and the techniques that make a trail sustainable with little or no maintenance.
There is no charge for the class, but registration is required. Directions below. Call or email the CTC office to register: email@example.com
WagonMaster Leadership Training at BreakAway
WagonMaster Leadership training will be held Wednesday, March 8 at Fort Bluff. Training will run from 9AM to 1 PM Eastern time.
All CTC Volunteers are invited to attend this important session. This hands-on session focuses on becoming a better leader of volunteer trail building teams. Covers how to teach basic trail building skills, safety, terminology, assessing crew strengths and technical skills. Beyond the basics; armoring, water crossings and rock work techniques are covered.
Meet in front of the dining hall at 9AM Eastern, March 8.
Registration is requested. Contact the CTC office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take your skills beyond trail building!
Note: WagonMasters / Crew Leaders should take advantage of the no charge First Aid Training offered below.
CT Trail Maintainer Training, February 25
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail is conducting a hands-on class leading to Trail Maintainer I certification. Anyone interested in helping to maintain the CT or adopting a trail section should take this class.
Location: Chamber of Commerce Building, Wartburg, TN
Date and Time: Saturday, February 25. 10 Am to 2 PM Eastern time.
Contact the CTSST office for more information: 423-566-2229 or email@example.com.
CTC First Aid/CPR Certification Training, Feb 18
Open to all CTC Volunteers in exchange for five hours volunteer work or a donation. Contact the CTC office for registration and directions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class is 9AM to 5PM Central time, Saturday, February 18 at the First Methodist Church in Crossville, TN. All WagonMasters and hike leaders should take this class. Registration required.
Only 90 Miles Left to Build !
With the completion of the Daddys Creek / Keyes-Harrison section in Cumberland County, the Cumberland Trail now has over 210 miles open for hiking. In 2017 work continues south of McGill Creek in Hamilton County and north of Peavine Road in Cumberland County toward Devil’s Breakfast Table in Cumberland County.
Also in Cumberland County the long anticipated link between Black Mountain and Ozone Falls is in progress. When complete there will be a new, uninterrupted route, from Ozone Falls to the Head of the Sequatchie in Bledsoe County – roughly 18 trail miles.
Backpacker Magazine Recognizes CT
The January Issue of Backpacker contains a map and list of the best long distance trails in America. Cumberland trail is proud to make the list!
Base Camp Location –
From Nashville and Points West
From Knoxville and Points North
From Atlanta and South
161 students will be with us throughout the month of March. Students arrive Sunday. Sunday evening after dinner is an orientation for students followed by a briefing for WagonMasters and local volunteers.
We expect to leave camp at 8 AM EASTERN TIME. Work week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for the students. Work will continue on Wednesday for local volunteers and paid crew.
Students ! For details and what to bring check here:
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Students are coming from Florida, Delaware, Michigan, Boston, Pittsburgh, Kansas, New York, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Contact Marianne at the CTC Office for more information email@example.com
As always, contact the CTC Office for information and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org