BMTA ACTIVITY CALENDAR
BMTA normally schedules four or five hikes per month, some “leisure” hikes that are shorter and easier and some 5 to 8 miles and of moderate difficulty. In addition, we have occasional backpacking hikes and more difficult ones that might be called “hardy hikes.” Occasionally we co-sponsor hikes with other organizations. Some, but not all, of our hikes are “dog friendly.” Although more hikes are in Georgia than the other states, you will find hikes in all three BMT states: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
GA December 12 Work Trip
Where: Section 2a — Three Forks >> Long Creek Boardwalk Renovation.
Meet: 9:00 AM Three Forks Trailhead on FS 58 (5.3 miles from Doublehead Gap intersection).
Plan for the Day: Boardwalk Renovation, Sign Rehabilitation and Trail Preservation.
What to Bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves, helmets and lunch/snack.
Plan for the Day: We will meet at the Three Forks Trailhead. This is a very busy and crowded location. Parking is along FS 58. We will have a safety debrief and handout tools. There will be 4 crews.
Crew 1: Boardwalk renovation including destruction of the old boardwalk, stabilization of the footers, installation of new stringers and the installation of the new deck boards. Tools being used include saws, hammers, screw drivers, shovels, and buckets.
Crew 2: Rehabilitation of the existing BMT signs by removing the lichens and making the signs readable. Tools include scrapers, sandpaper and cleaning products.
Crew 3: Preservation of the trail involving removing a blowdown and tread work beyond the bridge. Tools required hand saw, loppers and digging tools.
Crew 4: Transportation of the new materials to the boardwalk and removal of the old materials back to the trail head. Tools being used include lumber transport cart and backpacks. If you enjoy hiking please bring an old backpack that can hold a few 2×4 x 3ft long boards that will make the one-mile hike to the job site enjoyable. After your first-round trip, I’m sure you’ll want to do it again!
This project is on the top of the BMTA action list. Working together we will make the trail a safer and more enjoyable experience
I am looking forward to working with each of you!
Contact: Bob Cowdrick at GAMaintDirector@bmtamail.org or (404) 431-5353 to sign up for this trip.
• If you believe you are in a high risk group, please evaluate whether going on this maintenance trip is worth the potential risk.
• Individuals should consider whether carpooling is increasing his / her personal risk.
• Masks are optional, but social distancing should be maintained as much as possible.
• We will not have food at the conclusion of the work trip.
• Crews have a maximum of 10 (including the leaders).
• Multiple crews can operate at the same time, but they must be working in different locations.
BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these risks. In order to participate, members and guests are required to sign a waiver of liability at the beginning of each BMTA event. If the parent does not accompany a minor, the disclaimer for minors must be signed in advance.