|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 May 28, 2015 at 1:10 PM||comments (1)|
Contributed by Andy Wolfe, PATC North Overseer of Rocky Knob Trail
Ever tend to take a bite of life that is more than you can handle......
...much like this Banded Water Snake that has a 'grasp' on a much larger BullFrog. The bullfrog is fresh out of hibernation based on the dark color from algae. The snake wasn't letting go and the frog appeared to be a bit more than he could chew. &...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 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)|
Yup.....the web now allows us to hike the AT without ever leaving the comfort of home. You will particularly like this video since it depicts the AT from PenMar just past Pine Grove Furnace.......a view of the PA District that we maintain. Daniel Hooven, an avid hiker from PA, created this tribute, which is a fabulous perspective of the trail, the shelters, the cabins & the beauty of the AT. So if it is too cold for you to venture it this winter....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 November 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Pennsylvania ATC Specialty license plate is now available !! Get Yours Today !!!
Personalization of the license plate is available with five letters or numbers in combination. There is a one-time plate fee of $50, with an additional plate fee for any personalization. A disabled symbol is also available.
As a revenue sharing plate, $21 of t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on October 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Dave Trone, PATC North Chapter Treasurer - from PATC Newsletter, September 2003, by Chris Fee
Archimedes is said to have claimed that, given a lever long enough and a place to stand, he could move the world. Members of the PATC North Chapter took him at his word two years ago when we....
....used a mighty timber to jack up one of the old Birch Run She...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on October 28, 2014 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
Adopted from article by Tawnya Finney, a PATC Chapter Overseer for the Tumbling Run Shelters
What is a classroom ?? Four walls in a building or can it be in the woods on the AT ?? How can we expose others to the wonder we experience in nature hiking the trails ??
Tawnya Finney, one of the overseers of Tumbling Run Shelters, is a participant in Trail to E...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on October 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Contributed by Kathy Seiler, a PATC Chapter Overseer
Our appearance at Market Day in downtown Waynesboro (Oct 4) gave us much "face time" with the crowds - at first, a cloudy, damp and chilly start but later sunshine and clear skies increased foot traffic. Indeed, the giant map drew many over to explore, then chat w/ Curt and Tawnya Finney, Chris Firme or myself.
We heard s...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 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Post contributed by Bob Wise, Pete Brown & Kathy Seiler
What is the premier event for Trail & Shelter/Cabin work ?? Cake.....and sitting on the porch of a cabin built by the members !!!
And to prove that, over 60 members of PATC North Chapter met to dedicate the newly renovated Little Cove Cabin & participate in the Annual Corn Roast.
In additio...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 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Post courtesy of Andy Wolfe, a PATC North Chapter overseer
If you have never climbed the escarpment on the 'blue trail' above Dead Woman's Hollow, you are missing out on a real cardiac carb burner.
Today with the temps in the 60s, the morning climb was comfortable yet raised the blood pressure and made our hearts remember our age. The Anna Michener cabin has a new porch & it...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on July 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM||comments (1)|
Post courtesy of Jim Tabor, a PATC North Chapter Overseer from Monto Alto, PA
Rocky Mountain Shelter is celebrating its 25th year, built in 1989. Of the shelters on the 32-mile Pennsylvania AT section maintained by PATC North Chapter, it is the only shelter that is not right on the trail. It is downhill 3/10ths of a mile & the spring is 5/10ths of a mile below the shelter. The spring runs good all year long even in the driest part of the summer. Hikers wish it wa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on July 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM||comments (1)|
Post courtesy of Andy Wolfe, a PATC North Chapter Overseer from Shippensburg, PA
When you think of Heads or Tails.....do Timber Rattlers come to mind ?? These are female Timber Rattlers hanging out at a den site in the South Mountain section of Michaux Forest, waiting to bear their young next month.
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