Trails Training

  • June 04, 2017
  • Posted by Mark Strayer

For all the time we spend hiking on trails, we often take the process that goes into making them for granted. This week, our crew started the months-long process of learning how that process works.

The week started out with an adventure in finding the trail. After almost half an hour of searching for a sign that wasn’t there, we found the trailhead where we would be learning how to dig tread. We spent the day learning how to use our tools, how to use good form, and techniques for making a durable trail. After a hot and sweaty day, we returned to our campsite for a delicious meal.

The next two days were occupied by saw training. For many of us, this was the first time we’d ever held a chainsaw. Wednesday was spent on training and certification with the US Forest Service, with more and more intricate situations testing our skills. Thursday was spent practicing and learning more, including how to disassemble, clean, and maintain our saws.

Everyone came away with new skills - skills that will be practiced and refined over the rest of the season!


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