Published Jul 18, 2012
Get yourself together, Bucko. Hit the trail. The Appalachian Trail.
Relax. You don't have to whip yourself into shape and buy hiking boots worth more than your car (if you have one) to spend five months hiking the AT.
You can volunteer to help maintain the AT, if you're over 18. No experience is necessary.
Remember that rule from kindergarten about "playing well with others"? Believe it or not, that's important. Remember that rule from your mother, "Stop whining"? That's important too.
If you love the outdoors and you're ready to work hard and have a great time among friends, this job might be perfect for you.
The willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in routine camp tasks is essential.
All crew members must be able to live and work cooperatively and in close proximity with fellow volunteers of both sexes, all ages and nationalities. All crew members are expected to participate equally in routine tasks, including cooking, cleaning, and tool care, both at base camp and the project site.
Trail work is hard, physical labor. It involves working with hand tools and getting dirty is guaranteed. The crews work eight- or nine-hour days, rain or shine, hot or cold, regardless of black flies, mosquitoes, and the absence of mascara, hot pizza and cold beer.
During the course of the crew season, the weather can vary from sweaty, summertime heat to freezing, winter-like cold.
But look on the bright side: When your future friends whine about bad weather and hard work, you can totally blow them away with your saga of being an AT Trail Crew Volunteer.
Published Aug 16, 2014.
Published Aug 16, 2014. Would you answer an ad that says: Trail Volunteers Needed? If so, have we got a deal for you! The Appalachian Trail could use your help.
Published Oct 30, 2015. The Good Old Rocky Top Appalachian Trail Crew repairs and maintains 70-miles of the AT through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Published Sep 21, 2015. The FBI arrested fugitive James Hammes, whose Appalachian Trail name is Bismarck, at Trail Days on charges of Wire Fraud & Money Laundering filed in 2009.