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.
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GA October 10 Work Trip
October 10, 2020
Where: Section 10 – Dally Gap to Double Spring Gap.
When: Saturday, October 10, 2020.
Meet: 8:30 AM Home Depot (10012 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513) parking lot (near Dairy Queen) or 09:15 AM at Dally Gap.
Plan for the Day: Brushing and possible sign installation.
What to Bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and lunch / snack.
Contact: Phil Guhl at email@example.com or (770) 548-5590 (Please RSVP so we can plan on the number of tools and helmets.)
Yes, that’s right! The second Saturday of the month is creeping up on us…and you know what that means? TRAIL MAINTENANCE! Woo-Hoo!!! Being the 10th month, we will be working Section 10 in a Wilderness designated area (no power tools)…
The size of teams will depend on the number of volunteers we get. This is how we will split up:
Team 1: (LOOP) Work from Dally Gap down the Jack’s River Trail to the Benton MacKaye Trail. Turn right (north) and continue working to Spanish Oak Gap. Turn right (south) and work the Hemp Top Trail back down to Dally Gap.
Team 2: (OUT /BACK) Hike in from Dally Gap on the Hemp Top Trail and start working at Spanish Oak Gap. Work up to Penitentiary Branch. Stop and hike back to Dally Gap.
Team 3: (OUT / BACK) Hike in from Dally Gap on the Hemp Top Trail and start working at Penitentiary Branch. Work up to Hemp Top Mountain, or, as far as is possible. Stop working at 1:30 PM and hike back to Dally Gap.
Team 4: Sign installations. If you have an interest in working on sign installation, let me know in your RSVP. The Sign Team will group up and leave from Home Depot.
Tools for the day will be sling blades and loppers. Each team will have a token digger in case the need should arise to clean / install a water diversion or to repair the tread.
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.
Come one … come all … I look forward to working alongside each of you!
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.