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Palmerton A.T. Relocation: Mid-Atlantic Crew (Session 3)
ORGANIZATION: APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
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The Mid-Atlantic Crew basecamp is located near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Crew works on large-scale projects along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) during the fall of each year. Projects take place anywhere from Rockfish Gap in Virginia to the New York-Connecticut border. Join the crew and help to transform the Trail while working alongside a welcoming team of fellow volunteers and professional trail staff.
Read a complete volunteer position description for Mid-Atlantic Crew Members: https://appalachiantrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-MidACrew-Vol-PD-.pdf.
More detailed information will be provided during the application process. You can also CLICK HERE to learn more about Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew.
This crew session will begin on Friday, September 23 (starting at 5 p.m.) and finish on Wednesday, September 28 (ending around 6 p.m.). On the morning of Saturday, September 24 the Crew will pack up and travel from the Lehighton, Pennsylvania basecamp to the project work site that is located near Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
The Crew will continue work on a relocation of the A.T. on Blue Mountain, near Palmerton, PA. This relocation will provide access to new views while constructing a more sustainable treadway. The work will involve tasks like vegetative clearing, tread definition, side hill tread construction, stone step installation and crib wall construction. The crew will tent at a nearby commercial campground. Each workday the Crew will be hiking less than half-a-mile to the worksite with no appreciable change in elevation.
The following resources will be provided to volunteers:
- Shuttles to and from the nearest airports/bus stations, provided upon request.
- Transportation from basecamp to primitive, backcountry tent camping near the project work site.
- Room and board.
- Three meals a day (with lots of snacks!), including a large welcome and thank you dinners.
- All cooking/kitchen equipment for the backcountry.
- Loaner camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, daypack, water bottles, etc.).
- All trail work tools, gear, and PPE (gloves, glasses, hardhat).
- Training and leadership guidance throughout the week.
Volunteers are expected to provide the following:
- Appropriate work clothes (long pants, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty).
- Personal camping equipment if desired.
- A willingness to work hard within personal capabilities.
- An ability to follow crew staff instruction and example.
- A great attitude and being open to meeting new trail crew friends!
Volunteers are expected to arrive at basecamp on the start date between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for crew introductions and orientation. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., and afterwards, the crew packs group gear and has a safety talk before wrapping up for the evening.
Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Crew. Volunteer who are 16 years old, must have a parent/guardian accompany the volunteer during the crew week. Volunteers who are 17 years old need a parent/guardian to sign a release form prior to the work week (the parent/guardian does not need to accompany the volunteer).
Volunteers participating in ATC-administer Trail Crews, such as the Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew, are expected to be fully vaccinated. During the registration process, applicants must submit their vaccination record as part of their application packet.
About APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
PO BOX 807, HARPERS FERRY, WV 25425, US
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision is to connect the human spirit with nature - preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.
We are committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. We strive to create an ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers, and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.
Multiple locations Carlisle, PA 17013
September 9, 2022
- People 55+