This past weekend I was at a Trail Crew Leader Training put on by my wonderful friends over at High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. This 3 day training was incredible. It was well organized, the information was great, and we had a good selection of speakers.
The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew is a wonderful organization run by passionated volunteers who recognize the importance of keeping our trails in opportune conditions. This weekends training was geared towards past and new trail leaders. There was a lot of information covered to help assist us (your leaders) in making our trail crews safe, fun, and ensuring a great experience for you (our volunteers).
This year I'll be leading at least 4 separate trips up into our High Sierra. Although there are many more trips the HSVTC has planned. I encourage you to sign-up via their website: http://trailcrew.org
Our trails crews are important because we're the ones that build and maintain our beloved hiking/backpacking corridors for not only current use, but for generations to come. Our crews wouldn't exists without the wonderful volunteers who join us in our mission to protect and maintain the wilderness experience. YOU are the reason we are able to exist. The next time you're on a trail I challenge you to think about the hard work that went into the path you're walking among. We are the blood, sweat, and tears of the trail network. We do this because of our deep love for nature and our desire to share these trails with the community.
All of the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew trips are free. You'll learn new skills for trail building, make life-long friends, work/play out in nature, all while being feed like kings!
The ©Sierra Mapping Project's main goal is to ensure that these trails stay around for centuries to come. I understand and value the gift of having these treasured paths and I want to share these invaluable experiences with you!
I'd love to see you out on these trips! All are welcome regardless of age or ability. All that's needed is a will to work, have fun, and enjoy nature. Head on over to trailcrew.org to sign-up for trips! The Sierra Mapping Project is about stewardship and giving back to the community... this is your opportunity to make a difference.
Founder of ©Sierra Mapping Project