Volunteer Time Sheets Available:
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Lots Going On For 2017 :
Volunteer Anytime !
Our regular trail crews love company . . . and help. Normally they work Wednesday through Friday starting at 7:30 AM Central Time for the Central Crew and 7:30 AM Eastern Time for the Southern Crew. Contact the office to get directions and location details. Call 931-456-6259 or email@example.com
Basic Trail Design Class November 4, 2017
Intro to Trail Building Class November 11
The Cumberland Trails Conference continues sponsorship of classes on trail design and construction. On Saturday November 4 from 9 to 1 PM Central an introduction to Trail Design Class will be held in the woods near the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville.
An Introduction to Trail Design class on November 11 will make use of the design work from the previous class to teach fundamentals of trail construction. There is no cost for these classes, but class size is limited.
Class are hands-on, in the woods activity working a real section of trail. Design students will learn about the behavior of water on a trail, the “half-rule,” how to “read” land forms, standards for turns and switchbacks, how to use a clineometer and MUCH more.
Introduction to Trail Building class follows on November 11 from 9 to 2 CT. Participants learn the full range of trail building from clearing duff,m grubbing bushes to finished trail. Each technique is carefully demonstrated by Master Trail Builders before students get a chance to put their new skills to work.
Introduction to Trail Building covers tool safety, construction of a full bench trail, a review of the “half-rule”, the importance of good back slopes and why good construction techniques mean fewer maintenance problems in the future.
The classes are free but registration is required. Tools are provided. Participants need to bring lunch, water, gloves, sturdy shoes and bug spray. Design students should bring a notebook. Contact the Cumberland Trails Conference for registration and directions for either date at, firstname.lastname@example.org or 931 456 6259.
For more information about hiking the Cumberland trail go to: www.cumberlandtrail.org/maps-and-guides/
Preview of ASB / BreakAway 2018!
2018 BreakAway is March 4 to 31 near Crossville, TN.
BreakAway / Alternative Spring Break for 2018 is out 23rd year hosting college students from all over the United States to extend the CT. It’s not too early to set aside some time in March to work with over 165 college students on the trail ! To confirm your participation and get further information contact the CTC Office email@example.com
Hiking clubs and local civic / social groups are encouraged to volunteer as well. We need to know what days (or weeks) you will be volunteering so we can arrange for accommodations and meals.
165+ students will be with us throughout the month of March. Students / Volunteers arrive Sunday. Sunday evening after dinner is an orientation followed by a briefing for WagonMasters and local volunteers.
Spring Big Dig: six weeks starting May 3, 2017
Spring Big Dig work says are Wednesday thru Saturday. Work will continue south from Devil’s’ Breakfast Table and also making the connection between Ozone Falls and Black Mountain. Contact your local hiking, church or civic group to volunteer for a day or a few days. Accommodations available near-by complements of the CTC. For more information and daily locations contact the CTC office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up for 2017 BreakAway /ASB !
2017 BreakAway is 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 email@example.com
We need to know what days (or weeks) you will be volunteering so we can arrange for accommodations and meals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, contact the CTC Office for information and questions at email@example.com
Special WagonMaster Training at BreakAway
Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 9AM to 1PM ET
Location: Fort Bluff camp near Dayton, TN
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.
Trail Building 101 Course at Fort Bluff
Sunday, March 5, 2017 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. Topics include an introduction to trail design concepts, safety, the behavior of water, step over crossings, climbing turns, armoring and rock work fundamentals. Students learn how to make to most of trail building tools to get more done with less effort. The class will be building actual full bench trail and see how the “fifty-percent” rule prevents trail washouts. Students learn 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
Base Camp Location 2017 –
From Nashville and Points West
From Knoxville and Points North
From Atlanta and South
Email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (931)456-6259