Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers
Summerfest 2005/ June Work Trip
|Summerfest 4 was held
at Stoney Fork Campground from June 15-19. The major project was the
completion of the rock work on Garden Mountain that was begun last
year in Summerfest 3. There were 27 workers who worked on the Summerfest
project. We based at Stoney Fork. We ate our meals, socialized and
slept at the campground. Each morning after breakfast the group headed
to Garden Mountain-an hour trip, Our major job was to make the trail
more accessible over the rocks. This was done by moving rocks and
filling the trail with crushed rocks. Sometimes the trail was moved
below the rocks. We worked on controlling the drainage problems on
Garden Mountain by installing 21 waterbars or check dams. Some of
these were made of logs, while others were made of rocks. We also
put in rock steps. The 4.9 miles of trail was completely weedeated
and lopped. A new AT sign was installed on the Va. 623 side.
Chief Big Jim Houck and his assistants--Fast Food Jeff Tysinger and
the Old Man of the Mountain John Hartpence kept the crew well feed.
Breakfast consisted on Sausages, Pancakes and Eggs any way that you
wanted them prepared by Jeff. Each Morning the Old Man turned the
coffee on at 5:30 am and had it ready for arrivals at 6am. Lunch was
prepared by each worker to take with them on the trail. Supper was
quite a treat. Fast Food Jeff was able to hook two 6 pound Salmon
in the stream which we had on Thursday and Saturday night. Friday
night we had Hamburgers and Chicken. On Saturday night we had Spaghetti
also. Valerie Hurt, our dessert specialist, made Honey Muffins for
Friday and Margaret Wainwright made Birthday Brownies for Saturday.
These were used to celebrate the Old Man of the Mountains Birthday.
ATTILA the Great was able to keep all the workers on task. We were
able to complete the whole project by Saturday afternoon. Other things
that were done were-1. weed eating of the puncheons and trail from
Va. 747 to Va. 610, 2. Weeding of the trail from US 11 to the stile
at the top of the mountain, 3. Cleaning of the Spring at Walker Gap,
and 4. Blazing the trail on sections of Garden Mountain.
Workers on the trip were:
Margaret Wainwright and Mia-1
Steve Ferrell (Bluefield, W. Va.)-1
John Stout (Summerfield, NC) and 3 dogs-3
Our next trail function will be the ATC Conference at Johnson City
beginning on July 1. Konnarock will be July 14-18 at Poor Valley.
John Hartpence -Secretary
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