SWEAT CREW - 2017 Season

- Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Location Tennessee East,North Carolina North West,North Carolina South West,Trail wide
6/8/2017 - 6/13/2017
6/18/2017 - 6/23/2017
6/28/2017 - 7/3/2017
7/8/2017 - 7/13/2017
7/28/2017 - 8/2/2017
7/18/2017 - 7/23/2017
8/7/2017 - 8/12/2017
Opportunity type Project
Program category Trail - ATC Trail Crew
Skills/Interests Backpacking/Hiking/Camping
Tool Maintenance
Trail Building
Trail Rockwork
Trail Maintenance
Clearing Brush/Yard Work
Cooking/Preparing Food for Groups
Shelter/Facilities Maintenance
First Aid/CPR
Sawyer – Chainsaw/Crosscut Saw
Trail Design
Difficulty Strenuous


“Elite” is the operative word. This A.T. crew is arguably the most challenging since it addresses the most difficult challenges within the deepest backcountry areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The crew backpacks in 6 – 11 miles over terrain with several thousand feet in elevation change to reach their variable work sites; this vivacious corps carry everything they need for their six-day hitch in the field – from gear, tools, and safety equipment to shelter and sustenance.

Pack weight can be as much as 55-65 lbs. and hand-carrying tools may also be required. Experienced backpackers with recent trip reports are welcome to apply for this strenuous crew. Volunteers with interest but lacking extensive backcountry experience are encouraged to apply for Konnarock Trail Crew.

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. 


Six days in the field start with a long, strenuous hike with considerable elevation change. Field camp and work site locations are variable from session to session, so returning volunteers rarely see the same parts of the Park twice.

Essential Volunteer Functions

Volunteers spend six consecutive days and five nights working in remote backcountry locations, far from medical facilities, performing physically demanding manual labor in a variety of intense weather conditions. In addition to trail work activities, volunteers also actively contribute to community chores and always practice Leave No Trace.

Essential functions include:



Volunteers must be physically and mentally ready for the challenges of crew life.

 For more information visit the SWEAT Crew's official blog.

The Smokies Wilderness A.T. Crew schedule is flexible and varies due to water availability, bear activity, and spring blowdowns. Crew leaders will determine the locations as close to the departure date as feasible. Be prepared for long hikes in, hot temperatures, and an unrivaled wilderness experience. 

More from Appalachian Trail Conservancy:

A.T. Corridor Boundary Stewards
6/4/2009 - 10/8/2018

2017 ATC HQ Visitor Center Volunteers (10/1/16 - 9/30/17)
10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017

2017 A.T. Ambassador (10/1/16 - 9/30/17)
10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017

2017 ATC HQ Photography Volunteer (10/1/16 - 9/30/17)
10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017

Virginia Administrative Volunteer
10/1/2016 - 10/1/2017

2017 ATC Burr - Fulfillment Volunteers HOURS 10/1/13 - 9/30/14
10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017

8/5/2017 - 8/9/2017