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on March 17, 2024 at 5:59:38 am
 

MRATC Activities and Information, Week of March 17 – 23, 2024

 

MRATC TRAIL WORK:

Trail work cutting blowdowns on the AT on Beech Mtn., originally scheduled for March 16, will be today, March 17, starting at the Damascus Trail Center at 9:30.

 

A tentative workday is planned with E&H for Sat March 23, but the project details haven't been defined yet. Stay tuned for more details :mratcinfo@gmail.com.

 

MRATC HIKES:  

 

This hike was originally scheduled for March 16th and was moved to March 23..

Sat., March 23: Easy hike on the Creeper from Watauga to Alvarado to see early spring wildflowers.  Meet at 9:30 AM at Watauga parking for the Creeper trail.  We will walk along the Creeper for about 4 miles (with the possibility of more walking after Alvarado or lunch at the Winery) and view wildflowers. A car or 2 will be waiting at Alvarado to take folks back to their cars at Watauga.  Let hike leader, Sharon Trumbley, know if you plan to come by emailing mtrogersatc@gmail.com.  Bring water and lunch for a picnic at some point.  A special feature of this hike will be a short tour offered by owners of property adjacent to the Creeper Trail who are working to conserve their land as a wildlife sanctuary, once brush and non-native species are removed.

 

Next club hike: Sat., March 30.

AT Hike:  6-8 mile hike in the Dickey Gap area.  We will use the AT, Bobby's Trail and The Virginia Highlands Trail for a ~6 mile loop, with an additional 2-mile hike to Comers Creek Falls for those interested.  Meet at the Dickey Gap AT parking area on Highway 16 at 9:30.  Bring fluids and lunch, and dress for the weather.  Let hike leader, Frank White, know if you hope to participate and if you need directions by emailing mtrogersatc@gmail.com.   

 

 

KONNAROCK BASE CAMP CLEANUP

It’s that time of year – Konnarock Basecamp opening - March 18th to 20th.  We welcome the pleasure of your company for any amount of time you may have available. 

Major work this year includes installing new doors on several pods, repairing other doors, some painting, repairing plumbing in the kitchen & bathrooms as needed; and other sundry repairs. Also, there’s the usual general building cleanup, camping equipment and tool checks and repairs, etc. to be done.

As always, ATC will provide food and luxury lodging during your stay. 

Please RSVP via email (jkyle@appalachiantrail.org) with which days, or day, you plan to attend so that we may have proper food and supplies available.

 

KONNAROCK CREW 2024

If you would like to spend a few days doing trail work with the Konnarock Crew this spring or summer, this is the link to a Google doc. to see the projects and locations and sign up:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdP7sR78fmTJ9pmO6whPdvfD9hUOpeL_M-YnGHylw2tZcUuwQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

WILDERNESS SKILLS INSTITUTE:  Dates and course offerings listed on website:

https://wildernessskillsinstitute.org/sawsi/

                            

 

DAMASCUS TRAIL CENTER

The Trail Center is  open 10 – 5 Thu. - Mon. in the winter season. Phone: 276-323-3046.

 

 

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