It seemed forever ago that I registered to be a part of the Young Members Alpine Crew. It was one of those things that I was excited about initially, then the dates just kind of sat on my calendar, until about two weeks before the trip, when I started getting geared up and ready. Given the lovely weather that the summer of '09 had delivered to us thus far, I had resolved to the fact that I was going to be a wet mess. But beyond that, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Here's the lowdown. For Cliff Notes version, scroll to bottom of blog entry. . .
It's Sunday afternoon, check in time for Trail Crew week and I'm driving to
Rise and shine the next morning and the weather is. . . good! This week is apparently unique in that we have a one day local service trip before we head off a bit further in the woods. And our work was pretty cool: The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center needed some work done on a mountain bike trail in preparation for a 24 hour race. We got an orientation from our Crew Leaders on the various tools we’d be using during the week, and then it was time to begin. My first task? Cutting down a tree. The rest of my tasks for the day weren’t as cool, but definitely interesting and fun nonetheless. Alex DeLucia, the
Next day, we pack up and head up to the Hermit Lake Shelters, our home for the rest of the week. An interesting site for sure – with all our tools and fluorescent construction hats hanging on our packs. We set up our stuff in one of the shelters and begin to settle in a bit more with each other, as well as our new surroundings. We decide to take a hike up to the Alpine Region on the Boott Spur Trail. Hannah, one of our Leaders, gave a mini “class” on the various plant life that live in those specific areas. Then, the most incredible sight: a rainbow, below us. We had hiked above a rainbow and looked down upon it in awe and admiration. Seriously, a beautiful world. The next day we started the morning with a little warm up before getting to work. And when I say warm up, I mean dance. Yes, Hannah introduced us to a circle dance to get the blood pumping and the group excited for the day. And it involved imitating animals, ‘nuff said. We then hiked up Tuckerman Ravine Trail to start rock work in the Alpine Region. We arrived to the designated area to wind, cold, a bit of rain, and more wind. Hmmm, how long would we be able to hang in this weather? It actually turned out fine, we hiked down a bit to escape the wind and spent to the day creating rock walls and
CEY’s Cliff Notes Version of Young Members Alpine Trail Crew Week:
- I cut down a tree. On a 24 hour mountain bike course.
- We hiked above a rainbow. I mean, seriously?
- Got our day going with a daily dance that involved imitating animals.
- Tecla has the incredible ability to hang out on the top of newly built rock
- I have a newfound love and appreciation for Snicker Breaks!
- We had a ton of fun playing weird games, including one with strange loud noises, attracting the attention of campers nearby.
- Kelsey – the fantabulous North Country Trails Volunteer Programs Coordinator – visited us on our last night, she simply couldn’t resist not being a part of our crew for at least a little bit.
- The food was really, really yummy – both at Dodge (thanks to Sarah) and in the backcountry (thanks to Hannah).
- Hiking back down towards Pinkham, we see a moose. Really cool.
- We had the most incredible leaders – thank you Hannah and Tecla!
Submitted by Colleen Yout