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2015 Season has come to a close....

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2015 Season has come to a close....

Postby North 350 Blades » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:01 pm

Wow, now that was a busy 2015 maintenance season here on the north 350 miles of the PCT.

With the low snowfall in the PNW, the crew was out early - May, clearing logs and in general getting the trail clear for the summer season.

We had a couple big horse supported crews this season (thanks go out to the volunteers from the BCHW for packing us in) - one on Glacier Peak and another near Big Crow Basin.

The Glacier Peak crew in June was absolutely epic - 13 people for a solid week - our cook and 12 "dirt" crew. Over 800 volunteer hours. In total the crew hiked over 700 miles during this project (at the furthest, all 12 of the trail crew hiked 5.9 miles from camp to work, so each had an 11.8 mile day, times 12 crew is over 141 miles hiked in one day). We cleared over 70 trees, hand brushed 1.5 miles of trail and restored 100 yards of tread. In total we maintained 5.4 miles of the PCT - from the junction with the Suiattle River Trail south to the foot of Vista Ridge.

The crew continued it's work in the greater Snoqualmie Pass area - lots of brushing around Stampede Pass, tread restoration on Blowout Mountain, more brushing north of Snoqualmie, structure work near Windy Pass, drainage maintenance......

Up and down the section, our Stewards were making progress on their adopted sections - clearing brush, repairing tread, fixing drainage.

We're also continuing to build our program. We now have a volunteer crosscut saw instructor, certified to certify the new sawyers - and come the spring of 2016, he should have completed the training to also certify chainsaw sawyers. We're creating a Trail Skills program to train our current and future volunteers - the first edition will be in the spring of 2016, so we no longer have to travel to Cascade Locks for training.

All in all, it was a great season. We set 2 new chapter records as well - we continued to extend our streak of no injuries and set a new record for volunteer hours - over 4,000 in the 2015 season (and we'll add to that as we have a Stewards training event coming up in December).

Hope to see you out on a trail crew in 2016.

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