A.T. Maintainer Workshop Weekend

Are you an A.T. Section Overseer? Are you interested in becoming one? If you are, join fellow dedicated A.T. volunteers for a weekend at Mountain Shepard Wilderness Survival School (3 miles south of the A.T./Craig Creek Rd crossing) for fun, food, information, and getting some good work done!

We’ll be brushing up on all of our A.T. maintaining knowledge and skills like safety, first aid kits, internal reporting, refresher on basic expectations, and most importantly – basic trail maintenance tasks. We’ll have a short classroom session Saturday morning, and then head out to the Trail and complete some tread projects Saturday through Sunday morning.

Most importantly, this is an opportunity to meet and hang out with other A.T. lovers and volunteers from the Roanoke and New River valleys, RATC, and OCVT!

Schedule for the Weekend:

Friday Night: 

6-8pm: Arrive at Mountain Shepherd, get a bunk & unpack

8-10pm: Hangout, eat some snacks, swap stories, enjoy a beer,  and chit-chat with your fellow A.T. volunteers around a campfire!

***Mountain Shepherd is donating the use of their facility*** Shared bunk rooms are available with linens included – all free. If you’d rather tent, there’s lots of open space on the grounds.


7-8am: Breakfast (coffee, fruit, oatmeal, and cereal will be provided)

8-10:30am: Classroom @ Mountain Shepherd (safety, first aid, basic responsibilities refresher)

10:30-5pm:  Treadwork on the A.T. in small groups

*Bring a lunch, water, daypack, raingear, layers, work gloves*

6:30pm: Dinner (Food provided and prepared; BYOB)


7am: Hot Breakfast (provided)

8-Noon: Continue and Finish Treadwork projects

Noon: Pack Up and Head Home!

Lodging is provided by Mountain Shepherd. We’re able to use their shared bunkrooms (heat & running water with showers and washrooms). The facility is really nice! Linens are provided, but bring a sleeping bag just in case. 

Sat night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast is provided, and will be cooked by our lovely Janet Gibbons (Konnarock camp coordinator). Please send any dietary restrictions to Josh (jkloehn@appalachiantrail.org). Bring a lunch for Saturday.

Tools will be provided, but if you’ve got a pick-mattock, pulaski, or even a McLeod – please bring it. Bring your daypack, water bottles, raingear, and warm layers for when we’re out on the Trail. 

If you are unable to join us for the entire weekend and can only participate Saturday, that’s ok! Just contact Josh and let him know when you can join in.

Any other questions, contact Josh – 540-904-4391 or jkloehn@appalachiantrail.org