Highlights – Hiking in the forest can be cool . . . . Pete Bernsten volunteers again . . .Shauna Wilson takes on Tail Boss duties . . .Big Dig Box Score . . . Eclipse Viewing . . .
Hiking in Summer . . . .
Shorter hikes may be in order for summer months. Take frequent breaks, know your ability level, read trail descriptions (listed at the right) so a steep or rugged area doesn’t come as a surprise. Take MORE water than usual. Leave a cooler in the car with ice and extra water bottles. Carry extra bandannas – soak in water and tie around your neck. Wear a wide brim hat. Use bug repellent – don’t let a nice hike get spoiled by the bugs. And enjoy the trail !
Pete Bernsten Volunteers . . . Again
After almost three years as the CTC Trail Construction Boss,
Pete has returned to volunteer status. Pete has been volunteering since 2003 and has accumulated well over 2,000 hours of actual trail building. When the CTC reorganized in 2015, Pete stepped in to coordinate construction activities in the field, including supervision of both construction crews. Pete also finds time to be a trail maintainer for two sections on the AT. Everyone who has worked with Pete admires his stamina and constant sense of humor. Pete is a Certified Master Trail Builder, a Registered Nurse and still runs marathons. Thanks for staying with us Pete!
Shauna Wilson Named Construction Boss
With the departure of Pete, Southern Crew Leader Shauna Wilson takes on the task of supervising Central and Southern construction crews. Which is no mean feat since they are in two time zones 80 miles apart. Shauna started as a volunteer with the CTC eight years ago and since 2015 has worked with the southern crew. She is a Certified Master Trail Builder and has been Southern Crew Leader in 2016. Shauna is an able leader and an expert at rock work. Congratulations to Shauna.
Spring Dig Box Score
Another Big Dig has come to a close! The 2017 Spring Big Dig saw the completion of the Eden Ridge connector as well as the addition of 3,874 feet to the Cumberland Trail through Catoosa WMA. Joining the CTC crews were 14 volunteers (committing 177 hours to the month-long event). Their efforts are much appreciated as is the continued support from the Eden Ridge Missionary Retreat Center.
The total eclipse of the sun on August 21 crosses diagonally through Cumberland County and the Cumberland Trail, Multiple events are scheduled in the area including one sponsored by Friends of the CT at the Head of the Sequatchie, less than a mile north of the center-line of maximum darkness. Other events are on Black Mountain and, Cumberland Mountain State Park. See friendsofthecumberlandtrail.org for HOS event information.