ATC Guidelines On Trail Magic
"Trail Magic" is the term for unexpected acts of generosity on the trail. Trail magic originated on the Appalachian Trail, and often includes drinks, food and other goodies handed out to backpackers.
Our colleagues at Appalachian Trail Conservancy ("ATC") have issued some guidelines on trail magic on the trail. Follow THIS LINK to find them.
by Craig Dunn
The ATC Mid-Atlantic crew's two weeks working on our A.T. section in the vicinity of the Scott Farm was very productive. Approximately 100 feet of new board walk was added to carry the trail over the worst seasonally swampy area, plus the crew reconstructed part of the collapsed rock cribbing that retains the ledge trail along the steep slope below Bernheisel Road and smoothed out the spots with previously rough footing. Finally, the deteriorated bog bridge just beyond the first bridge north of the Scott Farm was replaced with a log lined causeway that is an excellent solution to that seasonally wet trouble spot. The crew and our local volunteers moved a significant amount of rock and shale. In fact, when the Dickinson lacrosse team comes, we may exhaust the last remnant of our shale pile.
We had a very good local turnout to help the crew, with 10 club members and 2 KTA volunteers coming and working during one or more days. The crew leaders were impressed with our turnout and were "surprised and moved" by our expression of appreciation by having the picnic with them. They noted they did not experience such local participation and appreciation from the other club's they helped. I think we can all be very proud of our club and our section of the Trail.