Wild East Women, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club are hosting a trail maintenance day on July 24th in Newport, VA from 8:00am to 4:00pm for those who identify as female and allies. Pre-registered is required.
This planned work day on the Appalachian Trail on the Sarver Hollow Trail and we will plan to tackle overgrowth, and if time allows, improve upon walking surface of the trail!
What to Expect
The roundtrip distance for the workday is 2.2 miles and the elevation change from the beginning of the work area to the end of the work area is just over 1000 feet! So be prepared for steep climb and getting a good workout for the day! Each person will need to carry their own daypack (see what to bring) and hand carry one or two tools. We will be working with motorized brush cutters in addition to other digging tools. Work will include removing brush and bramble from along the trail. Training and tools will be provided for the work. Participants will also be loaned personal protective equipment of a hard hat and safety glasses.
What to Wear and Bring
Wear long pants (long sleeves are recommended for this project) and sturdy boots. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and snacks, in addition to a rain jacket and personal work gloves. It's a good idea to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer, too.
History & Attendance
Most people can attest upon their first trail maintenance experience that most work parties male dominated. The purpose of Wildeast Women Workdays is to create more of a gender balance, inspiring a broader stewardship focus for women on the entire A.T. by building skills and confidence in a setting where shared interests and shared identities exist.
Most importantly, WEW events are open to all. This is a means of being more inclusive, not exclusive. While it is focused for self-identifying women and allies, no person will be turned away unless registration is already full. Participants should review and affirm through registration that they can meet the expectations found in "what to expect."