The Northville Placid Trail Chapter would love your participation in our Fall Stewardship Outing October 16-18! With over 130 miles of trail to maintain, we need all the volunteers we can get. This weekend promises to be full of hard work, fun, camaraderie, and an opportunity to give back to the trail we love so much.
Below is a tentative schedule and job descriptions:
Friday – Optional – hike in to the Catlin Bay lean-to area on your own and meet up with early arrivals in the tenting area. Bring your own food items to grill or camp food and drinks.
Saturday – There will be two trail head departure times (one very early and one a little later). Hike into base camp at Catlin Bay with your group leader and depart to your work area after a brief orientation and camp set-up. We will work in our assigned areas with planned boat shuttles and hikes back into base camp around 5 pm. Enjoy an evening in camp with your fellow participants. Kevin’s famous Dutch oven desserts provided!
Sunday – After some work at the Hidden Cove and Catlin Bay lean-tos we will work as a group pruning the 1.1 miles of trail from Catlin Bay back to the trail head. Today will be a morning activity. Upon reaching the trail head we will carpool to a nearby camp for a chapter sponsored barbecue. Wrap up the weekend with some food and social time before heading home!
Base camp area helpers – This requires up to three miles of hiking per day (with some tasks requiring less hiking), carrying a tool and all personal gear. Work includes pruning from Hidden Cove back to camp and then back to the trail head on the last day, lean-to cleanup, minor trash hauling, and assistance at base camp. Anyone coming to the later Saturday trail head departure time will default to this group. (Felicia/Bill)
Kelley’s to Plumley’s trail work – This group will be shuttled to Kelley’s Point lean-tos in the first shuttle where they will do trail maintenance including pruning, minor hand sawing, and clearing. Assistance with trash pickup at lean-tos is also a possibility. This requires the ability to carry a tool and a second tool or a trash bag. It also requires approximately 3-4 miles of hiking with a day pack in addition to the 1.1 mile of hiking in to and out of base camp with your full gear. (Steve)
Shattuck Clearing to Plumley’s trail work – Only hikers who can hike at a 2 mile per hour pace over approximately 8.5 miles should sign up for this work group. After a boat shuttle to Plumley’s, this group will hike with tools and day packs to Shattuck Clearing where it will work back to Plumley’s for the last boat shuttle of the day, and it may split into two groups. Work includes pruning, minor hand sawing, clearing, and possible trash pick-up at lean-tos. (Diana/Bill)
Chainsaw Crew – This job requires very specific duties and hikers who can cover a lot of mileage. Only the certified crew member can operate the chainsaw. The crew needs 3 other people: a mule and two sweeps. The mule will carry the chainsaw, gasoline, and related tools on a modified backpack over the course of approximately 6.5 miles. The sweeps will follow behind the chainsaw operator clearing what has been cut. (They will repeat this on the hike out on Sunday.) Good characteristics for this crew are a serious attitude about safety, good strength and stamina with the ability to lift heavy objects repeatedly, and the ability to take direction well. (Will/Kevin)
Participants must have all their own backpacking gear, a pair of work gloves, and meals for the duration of the trip. We will provide dessert Saturday night and a barbecue at the end of the activity on Sunday at lunchtime. If you have any of the following, these are the most needed tools – pruners, hand saws, shovel, rake. When signing up please indicate if you will be Saturday only or overnight.
All participants must sign up in advance to participate.
To sign up please list your first and second choice group and e-mail Stewardship Chair Bill Celentano at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5.