21 Years of BreakAway!

2016 represented the twenty-first year CTC has sponsored an Alternative Spring Break Program – also known as BreakAway.

University of Delaware students learn how to move 300 pound boulders to create a water crossing.

University of Delaware students learn how to move 300 pound boulders to create a water crossing.

This year CTC hosted 164 college students for four weeks between March 6 and April 2nd.  Operating out of Camp Fort Bluff on Walden Ridge above Dayton, TN, students were able to hike directly to the work area about 450 feet under the ridge line.  Over ten work days, dodging intermittent rain showers, students and local volunteers completed the last 1.6 miles in the Graysville Section of the Cumberland Trail.

 

Waubonsee College students work on a difficult puzzling project to build a 40′ causeway in the graysville Segment during ASB 2016. (Richie)

Waubonsee College students work on a difficult puzzling project to build a 40′ causeway in the graysville Segment during ASB 2016. (Richie)

The Graysville work was completed a day ahead of schedule during week three.

Students then moved south to the area between Roaring Creek and McGill Creek building an additional 3,642 feet of trail in the last six days of BreakAway.

Hamilton College students take a lunch break next to Roaring Creek near Dayton, TN 2016 (Richie)

Hamilton College students take a lunch break next to Roaring Creek near Dayton, TN 2016 (Richie)

 

ASB this year included universities from Florida, Delaware, Michigan, Boston, Kansas, NY, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Colorado.