The Dry River Wilderness was cited for false advertising;
Two miles of the Davis Path were determined to be Class 2 rapids;
Several sections of the AT were posted with rip tide warnings;
The Coast Guard installed channel markers in the sag between Davis and Stairs Mountains;
Noah almost re-floated the Ark to pick up some Trail Adopters, but finally decided that he didn’t want to deal with weird animals again;
The “African Queen” was seen moored at the intersection of Davis Path and Stairs Col Trail;
DeLucia starting wearing a diver’s wet suit to work.
(What? You say he wears that every Friday?)
Mohican Outdoor Center Trail Crew’s Season Ends with Record Volunteer Hours, a Pre-Thanksgiving Feast and Awards!
To celebrate all the MOC Trail Crew’s efforts, time, and hard work the November trail work weekend was topped off on Saturday night with a feast fit for a king or queen. Denise, head chef, and her many kitchen helpers whipped up a pre-Thanksgiving meal with hors d´ oeuvres and desserts galore.
So what was the MOC Trail Crew able to accomplish this season with all those hours! The biggest and on going project for the MOC Trail Crew in the 2008 season was working on the Van Campens Glen Trail. This 1.5 mile popular hiking trail starts off following the Van Campens Brook. The Brook has risen up over the trail from time to time and caused severe erosion. Several projects were completed on the trail to reconstruct it. The Crew moved the trailhead from the brook, removed log jams, installed over 500 feet of new cribbing, created several rock and wood staircases, raised the trail surface three feet in needed areas, and installed an eight foot hiking bridge. The Crew also rebuilt the Loch Lomand fishing pier, built a rock staircase on the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail, and rehabbed the Coventry Pond Trail by relocating bridges, redirecting the trail, and filling in eroded trail tread.
You can also check out more photos posted by Bobbi, one of the MOC Trail Crew’s dedicated volunteers: http://web.mac.com/bobbi610/iWeb/TrailCrew2008/
The accommodations were very comfortable. The private cabins were seated on the waters edge and the main lodge was rustic but comfortably modern for cooking, dining and meeting space. Over the few days we were able to explore much of the Maine Woods Trail Crew efforts from the 2007 and 2008 summer seasons of trail construction. The developing network of trails will surely be able to accommodate the wide range of visitors that are expected to visit Gorman Camps in future years.
The highlight of the retreat was a short hike along a section of the AT over Third Mountain in the famed 100 mile wilderness. At the height of this hike we were provided with views of nearly all of the northern reached of the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative and beyond.
During our meeting time, as a department, we were able to provide each other with our current updates as well as discuss the future goals of the AMC’s Trails Department and its programs. In all, we are very optimistic about the future of the Trails Programs and all look forward to many more years of excellent programming.
There was plenty of personal time and independent adventure as well. I got a chance to do a bit of upland bird hunting, Hawk enjoyed paddling on Long Pond, Mariah took several
trail runs on the newly constructed trails, and others quietly enjoyed the views and surrounding area. This was an excellent opportunity for the whole Trails Department to gather together. Thanks to all for a few days of fun, good food, and beneficial meetings.
AMC North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Supervisor