Friday, October 30, 2015

Trail Maintenance

Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked the 5.5 mile section of Soddy Gorge from Mowbray Pike to Hotwater Road crossing, removing debris from trail along the way. Expecting a relatively clean trail, we carried only hand saws and pruners but quickly learned a chainsaw was needed. We did lots of work with tools we had but a return trip with chainsaw will be required and a pass through with weed eaters wouldn't hurt.

Group photo along Soddy Gorge trail

Saturday, October 24, 2015

CTC Board Meeting

I had the pleasure of attending a Cumberland Trail Conference board meeting today which consisted of about two hours of business followed by about two hours of hiking on new trail. This new segment north of Black Mountain begins on Hebbertsburg Road and runs along Daddys Creek. It will eventually connect with the Obed River segment. This trail is out in the boonies. You don't hear road traffic, jets overhead, or trains in the distance.

Group photo at yet to be named overlook

Arriving at work location

Pete and Charlie hard at work

Trail building machine

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Possum Gorge North

We planned to remove blow-downs from the southern half of Possum Gorge Trail but tackled the longer northern section instead. There was plenty to do on this approximate 5 mile segment which took us about 7 hours of trail time. We did it the hard way with ax and hand saws. Fortunately we didn't encounter any trees that were too big for the ax so we won't have to make a return trip with chainsaw.

Don's photos

A very tired group at end of day

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Trail Along 111

TC Varner, Judy Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins spent this morning on the one mile section of Soddy Gorge Trail that parallels highway 111. It skirts along the highway right-of-way fence and is covered with small trees and weeds. We trimmed the weeds, removed countless limbs obstructing the path, and cut a few blow-downs laying across the trail. This completes Soddy Gorge Trail preparation for the UpChuck Trail Race in November.

Group photo at trail entrance on highway 111

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

More Soddy Gorge

Judy Varner, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins hiked the section of Soddy Gorge Trail between highway 111 and Soddy Gulf, removing blowdowns and other trail obstruction along the way. We carried hand saws, pruners, and TC carried his ax. Fortunately we didn't encounter anything the ax couldn't handle so we won't have to go back in with a chainsaw. To complete the Soddy Gorge Trail we lack only the 1 mile section that parallels highway 111 and plan to clear it this Saturday.

Group photo in a hard to reach spot on Board Camp Creek

We did lots of this today

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Soddy Gorge

Larry Hill, Caroline Woerner, Judy Varner, TC Varner, Carol Deakins, and Don Deakins spent about 5 hours on the 3 mile section of Soddy Gorge Trail between Deep Creek and Hotwater Road. Our intention was to inspect the trail but, as usual, we did much more than inspect. With pruners and hand saws, we were able to remove all trail obstructions except one which will require a chainsaw, digging tools, and a come-a-long (hand operated winch).

Group photo at Posey Point
We cut many like this with hand saw
Another big one cut with hand saw

Monday, October 5, 2015

More Loop Maintenance

Keith Weller, Bob DeHart, Carol Deakins, and I completed removing blowdowns from the upper section of Rock Creek Loop and returned a short section of trail back to its original route (shown in group photo below) which completes the entire Rock Creek segment of Cumberland Trail. Fred Doss and crew cleared the section from Retro Hughes Road to Boiling Spring Bridge. Next we will inspect Possum Gorge and Soddy Gorge for trail obstructions.

Group photo on restored trail segment

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Loop Maintenance

Caroline Woerner, Bob DeHart, and I took a chance on the weather and returned to Rock Creek Loop to resume clearing trail for the upcoming trail race in November. We completed the lower half of the loop which is the route used by runners but we didn't complete the upper half. We will complete the upper half soon. Our gamble with the weather almost paid off but but we got caught in rain about 1/4 mile from vehicles. It felt good because we worked up a sweat today.

Photos and time lapse video

2nd time lapse video

Group photo on Rock Creek