Here's your first test.
Choose One Answer:
1) I would rather die than perspire.
2) I remember a day when I was that sweaty.
3) Sweat? You call *that* sweat? Wimp!
4) That picture makes me want a shower. Now.
The true SWEAT Crew (aka "Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail" Crew) is one tough group of volunteers. Yup. Volunteers.
Still with me, Scooter?
The SWEAT crew works on 33 miles of the most difficult to reach portions of the AT in the Smokies. Work begins AFTER they hike at least five miles. (Did I mention they're volunteers?)
Ever used a chainsaw? Pretty good at lopping off limbs ... from trees? Tough noogies. That doesn't count in the woods.
These (hello?) volunteers do not use power tools, unless they are powered by the volunteers. The Smokies is a wilderness area where chain saws are not allowed.
My guess is there are fewer readers at this point than at page 650 of Finnegans Wake. That's good. If you cannot read about the hard work done daily by the SWEAT Crew, you'll never be able to join the team.
If you're ready, willing and able to spend a week tent-camping at a high-country base camp, you'll still have to know the answers to the four SECRET questions (that are revealed in the link below) before you can even HOPE to (hello?) volunteer for this difficult duty.
You supply your camping gear, a good attitude and a body that won't collapse at the first sign of a blister. You'll be provided with food, camaraderie, tools and free mosquitoes.
People like Andrew Downs, trails resources manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, can help you determine if you're up to the task.
Forget New York. If you can make it on the SWEAT Crew -- you can make it anywhere.
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 Aug 16, 2014.
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 Jul 18, 2012.