• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Stop wasting time looking for files and revisions. Connect your Gmail, DriveDropbox, and Slack accounts and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio will automatically organize all your file attachments. Learn more and claim your free account.


Current Week's Information

Page history last edited by trailsamkm@aol.com 4 days, 14 hours ago


MRATC Activities and Information, Week of Aug. 9 - 15, 2020





This Wednesday, 8/12, the plan will be to meet at the Damascus caboose at 9am and first head for the Lost Mtn. Shelter area, where we'll address a blowdown about 3/4 mi from the road. I'm hoping to address something else after this. Open to suggestions.


If interested in participating, e-mail   mratcinfo@gmail.com. Limit of 4 participants.


Trail maintainers:  Doug has 2 trash grabber poles. Email mratcinfo@gmail.com if you need one to pick up trash.





If a club member wishes to lead a hike, reply to this email and it can be listed in the Sunday email and on the club’s website the week of the hike  (www.mratc.org under the Sidebar, Current Week’s Information).


Friday group hikes. Contact Judith Foster 276 623 2408, jaf@centurylink.net for information.


TRAIL CENTER update:  The completion date for the Damascus Trail Center building has been pushed out to the end of October. Roofing is scheduled for later this month. Interior work will start this week; insulation is scheduled for later this month and drywall in early September.


IRON MTN. TRAIL:  The Town of Damascus is seeking grant funds to expand the tiny pkg. area at the top of E. Fourth St., an access point for the Iron Mtn. Trail.


Want a T-shirt of iconic McAfee Knob and help improve McAfee Knob Trailhead?

Here is your chance from August 1 – 22, 2020 to purchase a t-shirt and help the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) and Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) raise funds to purchase a property adjacent to McAfee Knob Trailhead. Copy/paste this link into your browser for additional information:  www.bonfire.com/mcafeeknob


ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEKAs of August 14 in 1937, the AT was complete from Maine to Georgia.


Current MRATC information is also posted on Facebook:  Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (MRATC), on Twitter:  twitter.com @Mt_rogersATC, and on Instagram.com:  mountrogersATclub. 


AT Community Update:

Three AT Communities recently hosted webinars about their trail communities. You can watch and listen to the videorecordings by pasting these links into your browser:

Roan Mountain: https://youtu.be/UeZXOZPtQaw

Unicoi: https://youtu.be/MpawM6TGwjY

      Damascus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5VvZmg-tm4&t=7s


The ATC has added Damascus and Abingdon to its Wild East website. 


Abingdon has joined Damascus on the ATC's Wild East website with great photos. Take a look!


Marion/Smyth County will be added. Eventually, all 50 AT communities will be featured on Wild East.



Grayson Highlands State Park reopened the Backpackers' pkg. lot on June 15th. Reservations required. https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/grayson-highlands-state-park/VA/140172/35528/campsite-booking


•As of 4-26-2019 bridge at Comers Creek Falls is closed - the Forest Service has closed the bridge on the AT at Comers Creek Falls due to safety concerns that include a crack in a support beam. The planned AT reroute on Comers Creek Rd. (Rte. 650) around the failing AT bridge at Comers Creek Falls was marked with signs and blaze posts on 9/18/2019 and will be the official route of the AT in that area until a new bridge is built. 


Bears:  In 2019, there were few reports of bears taking hikers' food, but they could come back to try to get food from hikers, especially if they are cooking. Hikers are urged to use the metal bearboxes for overnight food storage near Saunders Shelter, Lost Mtn. Shelter, Thomas Knob Shelter, near Rhododendron Gap, Wise Shelter, Old Orchard Shelter, the Scales, Hurricane Mtn. Shelter, and Trimpi Shelter. 


Iron Mtn. Trail: The Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area proposes to make improvements to the Iron Mtn. Trail between the intersection with the AT spur (north of Damascus) and East Fourth St. Besides overall trail rehabilitation, a couple of spots would be relocated slightly uphill away from the creek to reduce erosion problems. 


Overmountain Shelter near Roan Mtn., TN has been found to be structurally unsound and has been closed.


Links for the Konnarock and Hardcore Crews Blog/Photo Album for May 2018 project on Wilburn Ridge:


Konnarock Crew and Hardcore Blog: http://konnarockcrew.blogspot.com/2018/06/week-3-may-18-22-2018_12.html


Photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/atconservancy/albums/72157668009655087


Konnarock Crew's work project photos - below is a link to Konnarock Crew's work project photos between Thomas Knob and Rhododendron Gap.  Cut and paste to your browser window to view.  







Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.