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 2018, 38 Volunteer Ridgerunners logged 1,125 volunteer hours, spoke with over 18,000 visitors and removed 570 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 (that’s Saturday)
–> Join an Orientation Hike (to be scheduled around your availability)

You don’t have to be an athlete to join, some of the most important conversations happen right in the parking lot. Whether you want to hike all the way to McAfee Knob and back, or just have a few hours to give closer to your car, we could use your help.

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.

Weather permitting, we’ll spend the morning in a classroom, then transition up to the Trail for a 2-3 mile hike with more topics covered along the way. If the weather is uncooperative or the hike is a barrier to anyone’s participation, we can complete the whole training day in Salem instead. Please be prepared for a short hike with appropriate clothing and at least 1 liter of water, and send me a private message if you have any concerns about the hike.