Training Day for Volunteer Ridgerunners
RATC’s McAfee Knob Task Force protects the iconic landmarks of McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth in the face of high visitation. RSVP for this event if you’re ready to become a Volunteer Ridgerunner!
Volunteer Ridgerunners engage hikers in friendly conversations about the natural and cultural significance of this area and tips on best practices for enjoying the Trail safely and responsibly. They report on trail conditions and perform light trail maintenance to prevent small problems from getting worse–like dismantling illegal fire rings, packing out trash, and blocking social trails to discourage shortcutting. In 2017, 33 Volunteer Ridgerunners logged 1,440 volunteer hours, spoke with over 16,000 visitors and removed 580 gallons of litter!
If you want to join this lively group of dedicated stewards, you must:
–> Join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club ($20/year)
–> Join the McAfee Knob Task Force Meetup group (free)
–> Commit to volunteer at least one weekend day per month (Fri/Sat/Sun), April through November
–> Attend a Training Day
–> Join an Orientation Hike
Previously trained Volunteer Ridgerunners are also invited to join us for all or part of the day.
Lunch will be provided, so we need an accurate head count. Please indicate any dietary restrictions in the comments below (e.g. vegetarian, food allergies, etc). I’ll be in touch the week of the training with more details for everyone who has RSVP’d.