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Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew - Week 5

  • Dates: 01 – 06 Oct, 2019
  • Location: PA
  • Contact: Bob Sickley
  • Email: [email protected]
  • How to find us: Base Camp is in Carlisle, PA
  • Phone: 717-258-5771

Trail maintainingWeek 5: October 2 - 6
Arrival at Base Camp October 1 by 5:00 PM.

Project: Palmerton, PA Trail Relocation

Superfund, sounds a bit like super fun! Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Mid Atlantic Crew for a week of trail building at a one-of-a-kind site on the A.T. near Palmerton, PA.

Years of deposition of heavy metals from the emissions plumes of two zinc smelters left the landscape surrounding Palmerton heavily denuded of vegetation. After being declared a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), efforts began to mitigate this impact. 

Part of the mitigation process was to determine the best route for the Appalachian Trail and associated side trails in the area once vegetation started to regrow, while providing a sustainable, easily maintainable trail section for the local maintaining club. As part of almost 14 miles of trail work, the Mid-Atlantic Crew will be working on a section of new Trail near Lehigh Furnace Gap. Tasks may include vegetative clearing, tread definition, side hill tread construction, stone step installation or crib wall construction. The crew will be tenting at a nearby campground.

Crew Life: Crew members must be able to live and work cooperatively and in close proximity with fellow volunteers of varying backgrounds. 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: Work involves using hand tools and can be moderately strenuous. Hiking over rough terrain while carrying 25-30 lbs. packs and tools may be required. Weather conditions during this time of year have the potential to vary greatly within a week. Be prepared to work and camp in both high and low temperatures.

On the Site: Crews gather at base camp for introductions and orientation the day before departing to spend the work week at the project location.

Staff: Crews are led by experienced, professional crew leaders eager to pass along Trail work and backcountry skills. Camp coordinators supervise life at base camp and provide administrative and logistical support. Some camp coordinators serve as assistant crew leaders in the field.

What We Provide: Once you arrive at the base camp, shelter, food, transportation to and from project sites, tools, safety equipment, and group camping gear (as available) are provided. Crew members need to bring work clothing, sturdy boots, and their own basic camping gear.

Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew Week 5 is located near Palmerton, PA. The Palmerton Trail Project will continue work on a relocation of the A.T. on Blue Mountain. The crew will be camping at a nearby campground.


Interested participants must apply. Please use the form below to express your interest, and you will receive a follow-up email with additional information and questions