Trail Work Leader Training Weekend

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • 8:30 AM
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • Seneca Rocks, WV
  • 4


Registration is closed

(PATC-MS Membership encouraged, but not required)

Have you been part of trail work crew at a crag event and wanted to learn or do more of this type of work?  Want to know what goes into planning and designing trail improvements and what tools can help you do the job?  Do you want to learn how to use rigging gear for moving big stone blocks and logs for use in trail work?  Would you like to figure out how to build trails people want to be on instead of creating their own social-trail? All of these questions and more will be answered when we hold a Trail Work Leader Training Weekend at Seneca Rocks, WV.  This is an effort by PATC-MS and Friends of Seneca, with strong support from Mid-Atlantic Climbers, the AAC and the US Forest Service.

This two-day training is designed to help grow the base of volunteers in the climbing community that have the skills to lead a trail work crew.  This will NOT be a standard trail work weekend.  The topics we plan to cover include:

-Safety Considerations

-Scoping and Designing a Project - what needs to be done & how best can we do it in the allotted time?

-Hand Tools - the primary tools of the trade.  Their uses,  limitations and other considerations

-Mechanical Advantage Tools - work smarter, not harder

-Trail Erosion and Drainage

-Cribbing and Crib Walls

-Steps - Stone and Wood Options

We will meet at the Gendarme at 830am on Saturday morning.  From there we will proceed to the Discovery Center where we will have access to the classroom for the first part of our course.  Fieldwork will take place at the Lower Slabs.

Please be sure to wear good sturdy boots and bring a helmet, gloves a small pack and food/water for the day both days.  Pens/pencils and a notepad will also be helpful for taking notes.  Be prepared to learn, ask questions, and work hard.

We can handle a maximum of 10 participants at this time.  We will have a Waitlist and may consider opening a few more slots if our resources allow.

Camping: PATC-MS has reserved Group Site E at Seneca Shadows for 19-21 May for this event.  Please make sure that you tear down your site on Sunday morning before you head out for the day as we need to be out of the site by 1pm and we will not be finished with the course until at least 2pm.

Questions?  Please contact Andy Weinmann (rocclim78 at or Edwin Bachetti (edwin at

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