Volunteer Ridgerunner Training Day
RATC’s Volunteer Ridgerunners are doing a great job patrolling McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth–but they could use a little help. 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 2016, Volunteer Ridgerunners contributed 779 volunteer hours, spoke with over 7,000 visitors, and removed 357 gallons of trash! They educated the public during an eventful season that included problem bear activity and a wildfire. 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 (to be scheduled soon)
Previously trained Ridgerunners 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). We’ll meet in Classroom 1 and will spend part of the day outside if the weather permits.