ROCKY TOP CREW - 2017 Season

- Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Location Tennessee East,North Carolina North West,North Carolina South West,Georgia - North,Trail wide
Dates
10/16/2017 - 10/23/2017
Opportunity type Project
Program category Trail - ATC Trail Crew
Skills/Interests Backpacking/Hiking/Camping
Cleanup
Construction/Carpentry
Tool Maintenance
Trail Building
Trail Rockwork
Trail Maintenance
Clearing Brush/Yard Work
Cooking/Preparing Food for Groups
Shelter/Facilities Maintenance
Engineering
First Aid/CPR
Sawyer – Chainsaw/Crosscut Saw
Trail Design
Suitability
Difficulty Strenuous


Description

Experience the Smoky Mountains from a different perspective this fall working and camping on the Appalachian Trail. The Rocky Top Crew is sponsored by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, National Park Service, and ATC. The 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park cross the Trail's highest point and traverse the most diverse ecosystem and largest roadless area along the Trail. Half of the Appalachian Trail in the Park is open to horse use, and the crew's current work involves reconstructing those sections where horses and hikers share the Trail. Happily, the crew is funded by a North Carolina Recreational Trails Program grant. 

Read more by visiting the Rocky Top Trail Crew Blog

 Base Camp

The ATC Crew Basecamp is located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 2 p.m. the day before their session start date for introduction, orientation, volunteer readiness assessment, dinner, and a safety talk. The bunkrooms have bed linens and pillows, but you’ll need to bring your towel, washcloth, soap or shampoo. Crew members with an interest in joining more than one session of crew are invited to stay at basecamp and are asked to consider it a work-for-stay opportunity. 

 Crew Week

Because its work sites are so remote, the Rocky Top Crew has an eight-days-on, three-days-off schedule. Crew members arrive on the afternoon before their work session for dinner and orientation. Crew members working more than one session may stay at the base camp during their days off. Please note that the Rocky Top Crew involves a long backpack in to the work site, and eight days of backcountry camping. 

 The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is one of the few organizations that currently does not charge an application or participation fee to participate on its Trail Crew Programs. We welcome and rely upon donations to help offset the cost of the crew program. A donation of $40 entitles you to a one-year membership in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. 

Contact us at sogle@appalachiantrail.org and cdecamara@appalachiantrail.org or 828-254-3708 if you have questions.

Learn more about the Rocky Top Crew at www.appalachiantrail.org/rockytop.

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The minimum age for Trail crew volunteer is 18 years old. 

If you'd like to apply - click the  "Get Involved" button above to create a registration page, answer a few questions and select the week(s) for which you'd like to apply.

 

 

Already volunteered for a crew? Alumni should indicate their alumni status in the answer boxes. However, alumni should note that they will still need to submit a recent backpacking trip report, as well as perform the physical readiness assessment upon arrival at basecamp, just as any other volunteer will. 

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is one of the few organizations that currently does not charge an application or participation fee to participate on its Trail Crew Programs. We welcome and rely upon donations to help offset the cost of the crew program. A donation of $40 entitles you to a one-year membership in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. 

Contact us at crews@appalachiantrail.org or 828-254-3708 if you have questions.


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