|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on May 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Gary Bruner, Overseer for Reese Hollow Trail & Shelter
Now is the time of year when PATC overseers come out of hibernation and start, well, overseeing. That means trail and shelter projects, and when I said ³Spring Work" I was being quite literal.
The Reese Hollow Trail is a feeder trail to to the Tuscarora Trail just west of Mercersburg, PA. The rece...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on May 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM||comments (1)|
Contributed by PATC Blogger
“Give me a lever long enough, and I can move the world” (Archimedes) or even more appropriate......"Better to slide it than roll it; better to roll it than carry it; and don’t carry it alone.
As a relative 'newbie' to AT trail work in Pennsylvania, I...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on May 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Pete Brown, PATC North District Manager
Known as a wild corridor, the Tuscarora Trail requires significant maintenance to keep it open for hikers, including dealing with large blowdowns. Sometime you just make the trail move 'through' the downed tree.......
as shown by the skills of Patrick Willson making this bore cut step-through with his new Stihl 661. Lug...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on April 30, 2015 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Andy Wolfe, Overseer of Rocky Knob Trail
The trails of Pennsylvania are well-known to be filled with 'toe bangers'....very rocky & with exposed roots. So this rare photo.....
is a collectors item, being considered for a wall at the ATC museum in Pine Grove. This section is a favorite of Helen Keller and Stevie Wonder since it can be traversed with your eyes closed or...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on April 29, 2015 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
....then the Tuscaroara Trail is for you......and needs your help. A 250-mile loop trail started in 1963 & primarily maintained by PATC North Chapter. Eventually it is planned to be part of the Great Eastern Trail which will extend from Alabama to the Finger Lakes in New York state.
The trail traverses a significant amount of private property so please respect the privilege h...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on March 31, 2015 at 12:30 AM||comments (1)|
Provided by Pete Brown, PATC North District Manager & Marion Orlousky, ATC - Mid Atlantic Region
Yes, we can 'Weed 'Em & Reap' .....in fact, many invasive plants/weeds were introduced by European settlers for use as food, medicinal purposes and/or to prevent erosion. Garlic mustard is one of these.....
.....1st recorded in Long Island around 1868. It was us...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on March 30, 2015 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Mary Clark, PATC North Overseer
The weekend of February 21-22 found six members of PATC’s North Chapter Yankee Clippers taking a wildland firefighting class in Mt. Holly Springs, PA. Sponsored by PA-DCNR, the class was organized by Michele Miller of ATC-MARO. Instructors included Philip M. Bietsch, District #1/ Michaux State Fire Forester, as well as other DCNR staff.
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|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on March 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Dewey Clark, PATCNorth Overseer & PATC Invasive Plant Committee Chair
NEEDED: Volunteers to hike trails, identify & map invasive plants
WHERE: AT; Shenandoah; National Parks in/around DC; PA - Michaux & Caledonia; MD - State Trails
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|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on February 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Ken May, PATC North AT Overseer
ISSUE: Do you have to relocate the trail when human traffic is the source of consistent, significant water damage ?? ANSWER: Build A Turnpike !!!
In May 2009, the PA Work Trip was a major undertaking.....building a turnpike on a section of the AT between Old ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on February 27, 2015 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Rick Canter, MD District Manager
On Valentine’s Day, the South Mountaineers cleared their biggest tree in the 22-year history of the crew's history.
Overseer Mike Trettel first reported a monster oak tree across the Cat Rock Trail near the junction with the Old Misery Trail in Cunningham Falls State Park o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on December 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Borrowed from our sister Chapter website, South Shenandoah
Now this is Trail Work.......sit back & do some virtual hiking with these videos of building the AT in the 1930s.
They were created for the opening of the ATC museum in Pine Grove Furnace & are narrated by past President, Tom Johnson.Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on December 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM||comments (2)|
Contributed by the Rocky Knob Trail Overseers
Come and hike Rocky Knob Trail this winter. It's a great 4 mile State "loop trail" off the AT at Ridge Road and Birch Run Road in the Michaux State Forest. The trail offers the winter hiker great views, vistas, and ascents and descents that will keep you warm and challenge your boots.
Pictured are Overseers Jim Jengeleski and Gai...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on November 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Please follow these instructions:
- Lift your right arm straight up
- Bend your elbow & drop your hand behind your head
- Vigorously clap yourself on the back
Over 6,756 hours of sweat equity was given to the trails, shelters & cabins of the PA District by the Yankee Clippers.
This labor of love covered the 168 miles of trails of Appalachi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on November 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
UPDATE: Since Pete received his award from his hospital bed after knew surgery (and likely remembered little due to the painkillers), members of PATCNorth took the party to Pete's home on Nov. 23rd. Read his official award nomination or see photos of Pete's Avery Award Celebration.
By the way, Pete is recovering exceptionally well due to his dedication to the therapy, which he takes as seriously as his role as PA District Manager....Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on October 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM||comments (1)|
Contributed by Gary Bruner, Reese Hollow Shelter and Trail
As the overseer for the Reese Hollow Shelter and Trail (a feeder to the Tuscarora Trail in southern PA, just east of Mercersburg), whenever I head to the trail I’m all business. I load up my tools the night before, lay out my work clothes, and hit the ground running when I get on site.
It’s usually a nons...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on September 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM||comments (2)|
Contributed by Pat Thomas, PATC North Blogger
When they say anybody can do it, I am living proof that just about any woman can do the PATC North trail maintenance work....plus you get to hike in the woods with a group of male construction workers !! Okay....that may be stretching it a bit. On the latest trip, I painted 'white' blazes
from Milesburn Cabin to Rocky Knob & carried...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on September 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Photos contributed by Dewey Clark, PATC North Board Member & Trail Overseer
You will so enjoy perusing this collection of photos of the volunteers who form the PATC North Construction Crews....fondly called the Yankee Clippers. Obviously it covers a period of years !!!
There are photos of building bridges....for cars & for people, building shelt...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on September 3, 2014 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
Post anonymously contributed
Ever have a tree you need to fall in a specific direction & possibly cramped quarters ?? The following video could be considered for continuing education credit & provides some insight in the opportunities you could encounter......Enjoy !!!
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on July 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
Post courtesy of Gary Bruner, Overseer of Reese Hollow Trail & Shelter
Imagine waist-high ferns...indeed, the entire area is a veritable sea of ferns...and the trail running smack dab through the middle. To keep the trail open I must destroy a ton of ferns. Here's a shot I took.......
I was up at Reese Hollow Trail and Shelter today, where I am the volunteer overseer for PA...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on July 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
You can no longer hear the bridge rattle when a vehicle crosses it. Not like the time a dump truck hauling gravel to the cabin road had one of its wheels break through the deck. Every time a vehicle crossed, the timbers in the deck would shift, groan & allow one more crossing. But after several months of work, on June 28th, a large group ...Read Full Post »