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Volunteer Appreciation Picnic (Old Firehouse, North Park, May 12, 2007 from 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Annual picnic for all past, present, and future volunteers
Rachel Carson Trail trash cleanup (Hampton Township Park, Apr 21, 2007 from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Join Hampton Presbyterian Church members as they pick up trash along the trail
NCT: Bear's Mouth Bridge installation (North Country Trail, Apr 21, 2007 09:00 AM to Apr 22, 2007 03:00 PM) by Patty Brunner
Help the North Country Trail install a 48 foot bridge over Bear Creek
Spring Thaw Hike on the North Country Trail (Meeting Rt. 66 and Rt. 322 Country Fair, Mar 04, 2007 from 11:00 am to 04:00 pm) by Patty Brunner
Sunday March 4, 2007 the Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will conduct a 7.0 mile hike from Sawmill Road to Brenniman Road. Hikes of 2.0 miles or 4.0 miles are also available. Hikers will meet at the Country Fair in Shippenville at 11:00AM and carpool to the trailhead.
Winter Outing (North Park Beaver shelter, Feb 03, 2007 from 10:30 am to 04:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Join us for a 5-6 mile deep winter hike from the Harmony Trail to the Rachel Carson Trail! We’ll meet at the Beaver Shelter on Babcock Blvd. in North Park and carpool to the start at the Harmony trailhead on Rt. 910. Then we’ll follow the Harmony Trail to the Brooktree spur, to the Bluebird Trail, to the Braille Trail, to the North Ridge Trail, and end at the Rachel Carson Trail western trailhead. Moderate difficulty (decent sized hills at Brooktree and going up to the North Ridge, otherwise gently rolling). Hot tea, cocoa, and treats afterwards. Contact Mark for details and to sign up. FREE and open to all!
Coon Creek Bridge 2007 (Baker Trail, North of Vowinkle, PA, Jan 13, 2007 from 10:00 am to 06:55 pm) by Patty Brunner
Saturday January 13, 2007 Project Leader Keith Klos has built, marked and disassembled a 16 foot bridge. It is ready for installation. The shortest route from the road to the bridge site is about ½ mile. We need to carry the disassembled structure in and reassemble it. We need volunteers to help with this project! PLEASE Location: 2 miles north of Vowinkle. 1.5 Miles south of the northern Baker Trailhead. Start time 10AM at worksite – call for directions Shuttle meets in Kittanning 8:30AM. We might be able to use a small cabin in the area Friday or Saturday Night if needed. I’ll provide sandwiches for lunch. Equipment required: old external frame packs without the fabric, light rope to secure the material to the frame or 10ft of sizzle rope to carry bundles. Hammers, GLOVES, boots, warm layered gear, water, other food as needed.
Baker Trail hike (TBD, Dec 29, 2006 from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
A winter stroll on the Baker Trail. Location and distance TBD. Contact Patty for details and to sign up. FREE and open to all!
Baker Trail UltraChallenge (Smicksburg, PA farm, Aug 26, 2006 from 05:00 am to 08:30 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Second running of the 50-mile Baker Trail ultramarathon, second leg of three leg series.
Baker Trail Work Day 2/2 (Smicksburg farm, Aug 20, 2006 from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Work project at the barn we will be using at the finish of the Baker Trail UltraChallenge on August 26. Involves washing, sweeping, moving items, and general cleanup. Bring gloves. All tools and equipment will be provided.
Baker Trail Work Day 1/2 (Milton Loop, Aug 19, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Trail maintenance in preparation for the Baker Trail UltraChallenge on August 26. Meet at Milton Loop boat launch parking area (follow "Road ends in water" signs). Long pants and sleeves recommended. Bring gloves. Tools will be provided.
North Country Trail National Conference (Clarion University, Aug 10, 2006 12:00 PM to Aug 13, 2006 06:30 PM) by Patty Brunner
NCTC National Conference is being held at Clarion University this year August 10th-13th. If interested in attending any time go to this website http://www.northcountrytrail.org/conf06/index.htm for registration and more information. The North Country Trail is a National Scenic Trail that extends from New York to North Dakota some 4000+ miles and utilizes the footpath of the Baker Trail for some 18 miles starting north of Cook Forest and continuing to the Gravel Lick Bridge area, south of Cook Forest. Unlike the Appalachian Trail, The North Country Trail is a confederacy of Trails incorporating existing trails by connecting and creating a continuity of older trails, networking, strengthening and expanding their life past a community life to a national life. Some say this dilutes the identity of the trails, we think it will strengthen the identity of the Baker Trail. The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy has become an Affiliate member of the North Country Trail Association. The Conservancy will be responsible to maintain the North Country Trail on this 18 miles section. Becoming an affiliate of the NCTA offers many advantages to the Conservancy and its members. These advantages include cost sharing of projects; a voice on the NCTA State Trail Council; additional exposure for the Baker Trail by access to publicity on the NCTA calendar; and finally a potential for dual membership status for all of us at a reduced fee to the North Country Trail Association from $30.00 to $16.00. If you are interested in joining the North Country Trail checkout their website at www.northcountrytrail.org. A network of interrelated trails gives us strength in our efforts to keep hiking alive and well in Pennsylvania.
Rachel Carson Trail Challenge (Harrison Hills Park Bobwhite shelter, Jun 24, 2006 from 05:00 am to 09:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Annual 34-mile endurance trek.
Challenge volunteer meeting 2/2 (North Park Beaver Shelter, Jun 19, 2006 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm) by Steve Mentzer
All Rachel Carson Trail Challenge volunteers are requested to attend this meeting. Final instructions and last minute changes will be provided. Supplies will be distributed to Checkpoint Supervisors.
Rachel Carson Trail Cleanup Day (Ridge Road at Bull Creek Road, Jun 17, 2006 from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Help us clean up trash along the Rachel Carson Trail! As part of the statewide Great PA Cleanup campaign, the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy is organizing several cleanup days along the trail. Join us today as we remove trash strewn around the Bull Creek Road/Ridge Road intersection, just off Route 28 exit 14 in Fawn Township.
Challenge volunteer meeting 1/2 (North Park Beaver Shelter, Jun 12, 2006 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm) by Steve Mentzer
All Rachel Carson Trail Challenge volunteers are requested to attend this meeting. Discussion of the Challenge, what to do, what to bring, and what to expect. Maps and volunteer guides will be distributed.
Challenge training hike 4 of 4 (North Park Beaver shelter, Jun 11, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Last of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 4, 8.5 miles.
Challenge training hike 3 of 4 (Dorseyville, Jun 10, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Third of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 8, 9.5 miles.
Challenge training hike 2 of 4 (Springdale, Jun 04, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Second of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 6, 8.5 miles.
Rachel Carson Trail Cleanup Day (Saxonburg Road at Donnelville Road, Jun 03, 2006 from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
Help us clean up trash along the Rachel Carson Trail! As part of National Trails Day, REI is organizing a trash cleanup day along the Trail. Join us today as we remove trash strewn along Alter Road and Saxonburg Road in Fawn and Harrison Townships. Please dress appropriately: wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt to avoid being scratched. REI will provide refreshments, work gloves, safety glasses and all other tools and materials along with first aid if needed. All volunteers who pre-register will receive a free REI "Get Dirty" t-shirt!
Challenge training hike 1 of 4 (Tarentum, Jun 03, 2006 from 08:00 am to 02:00 pm) by Steve Mentzer
First of four training hikes on the Rachel Carson Trail to help prepare for the Challenge. Difficulty 5, 7 miles.
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