Week 7: June 21 - 25
Arrival at Base Camp June 20 by 5:00 PM
For this session, Konnarock Crew will be tackling projects at War Spur with Roanoke A.T. Club, and working near Bee Cove Lead with Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.
Joining Konnarock Trail Crew begins by expressing interest below. Read more about crew life, and if you're interested in joining this session, let us know!
Trail Crew projects—which last for a week or more—are planned and completed in cooperation with A.T. maintaining clubs and agency partners such as the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
You must apply to get on a Trail Crew. It begins by expressing interest below, and completing an application you receive by email, along with additional material to prepare you for crew life. You will be given the opportunity to apply for more than one session.
Crew Life - All crew members must be able to live and work cooperatively and in close proximity with fellow volunteers of all genders, ages, and nationalities. All crew members are expected to participate equally in routine tasks, including cooking, cleaning, and tool care, both at base camp and the project site.
Working Conditions - TRAIL WORK IS HARD, PHYSICAL LABOR. It involves working with hand tools, and getting dirty is guaranteed. The crews work eight- or nine-hour days, rain or shine, hot or cold, regardless of black flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. During the course of the crew season, the weather can vary from sweaty, summertime heat to freezing, winter-like cold.
On Site - Crews gather at base camp for introductions and orientation the day before departing to spend the work week at the project location. Accommodations at the project sites vary, ranging from primitive backcountry tent camps, to tenting in developed campgrounds, or to cabins accessible by vehicle. On crews working at remote backcountry locations, participants may have a lengthy and strenuous full-day backpack with significant elevation gain to their field campsite. Participants should be prepared for primitive backcountry experience without showers, bathrooms, or running water for the duration of their week.
Crews are led by experienced, professional crew leaders eager to pass along Trail work and backcountry skills.
What We Provide - Appalachian Trail Conservancy provides training, equipment, and food, transportation to and from the project sites, and group camping gear. Crew members need to bring work clothing, sturdy boots, and their own basic camping gear. You will receive a gear list to help you plan for your participation.
More about the projects for Session 7: Konnarock Trail Crew builds durable trail that will last for generations. Projects for this session are is located:
Near Mountain Lake, VA. Work will involve constructing brand new sidehill trail at a sustainable grade with few structures.
Near Fontana Dam, NC. Work at this site includes installing checksteps, increasing drainage, installing rock cribbing, and redefining tread.
After five days of working as a team, learning new skills, and living in the backcountry both the crew and the trail is transformed. No experience is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older.
Still interested? Fill out the form below to apply: