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. Call the office to get directions and location details. Call 931-456-6259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to our BreakAway program CTC will sponsor Big Dig again this Spring and Fall. Spring Big Dig is likely to be on the east side of Black Mountain working toward Ozone Falls. Watch our News page for details as they become available.
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 9AM to 1PM Eastern Time
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 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 –
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