We Build Trails!
We build hiking trails. And no one builds them better. You can, too.
We build them to last. We build them to protect the environment as well as to provide a means of personal discovery, recreation, and contemplation for those of you who hike. Do you think you “owe” something to those who build and maintain public hiking trails?
The challenge is: Do You Owe Something to Yourself? I’ve hiked and gone backpacking over many miles of trails in these United States and overseas, in Spain, Scotland, and Turkey. Each trail—each section of a trail—has its own characteristics. Meadow, field, forest, and craggy ridge line: each gives something of lasting importance to me when I hike. The trail asks nothing; it’s inert, inanimate.
Not that it doesn’t change over time. Change it does, from weather and traffic. Some of us, some few of us, go out and give some little of our time to remediate the less than salubrious affects of climate and wear. The dirty little secret is, that we don’t do this just to give of ourselves. Oh, no. We get as much back each time; maybe even more.
Most of us work in what has been called “white-collar,” professional fields. I don’t know about you, but I produce a lot of paperwork each week and month and year. And, most of the time, I don’t get to see the results of my work or know the ultimate benefit derived from it. But, when I’m out working on a trail, I see results right there, right then. That’s pretty powerful stuff. And, it can be yours, too.
You Can Help!
You must be an adult in reasonable physical shape to participate with the crew. Thus, you should be at least 21 years old and able to walk and carry tools.
If you have a condition such as diabetes, you’re welcome to work with us, but you must inform the crew leader. Parents are welcome to bring their children with them (if they can be pulled, kicking and screaming, from their computers, iPods, and the Mall). Parents are, of course, responsible at all times for their children.
It doesn’t matter to us if you’re in favor of or opposed to:
- Universal health coverage
- Black helicopters
- Fluoride in public water systems
- Public water systems (period)
All that matters is that you like to hike trails and enjoy being in the backcountry with others.
- Organized youth groups, such as Scout units and school groups, are welcome to participate, too.
- Youth must be at least 14 years old, in reasonable physical shape, and must be accompanied by their adult group leaders.
- Leaders must have positive authorization from parents permitting the treatment of their youth by competent health care providers or first responders, if necessary.
Adult leaders are responsible at all times for the conduct of the youth in their charge.
Challenge yourself to meet some real fine people.
Challenge yourself to contribute to a project, the results of which will be seen and used and enjoyed by people into the next generations.
Challenge yourself to be a part of something bigger than our everyday lives.
Challenge yourself to flop out of a comfortable bed at an uncomfortable time in the early morning to hit the road and work with mattocks and other hand tools.
We hope to meet and work with you! You’ll work, but you’ll also have the opportunity to have a lot fun, too!