Join crew leaders Dave, Doug, Brian and Goutham as we clear several miles of the Powwow Trail path from the trail head going north toward Pose Lake. Last fall there were roughly 400 treefalls in a three mile long segment of the trail. Clearing these dead falls out of the way will make it easier for the four day backpacking crews to reach their trail maintenance area later in May – less fatigued from climbing over treefalls and with more energy to accomplish their work. Through your work, you will help others!
Here is the rough outline of the trip schedule:
• Carpools (arranged by crew leaders) will depart the Twin Cities Metro Area Friday afternoon.
• Possible stop for dinner and/or to meet up with Duluth area volunteers, then on to a modest cabin or lodging closer to the Powwow trailhead.
• Breakfast in the cabin
• 30-40 minute drive to BWAC entry point 86, the Powwow Hiking Trail.
• Safety talk and tool review given by crew leaders before setting out to the work area.
• We will work in sub teams of three, each team with one Katana Boy saw, Silky Boy saw, and a pair of loppers. There will be breaks as needed and lunch break, with a return to the cars between 4-6 pm. Safety is our number one goal.
• Depending on crew needs, we will return to the metro area either Saturday evening or spend a second night at the cabin, to return Sunday morning.
Registration cost: $25
Additional costs will include carpooling gas and meals.
What you will need to bring: Leather work gloves, sturdy hiking boots, very likely rubber over boots for crossing couple of beaver dams with water running (or high, water proof hunting boots), extra dry socks, layered clothing, reliable rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, whistle, compass, TP, bug repellent, treat your clothing with Permethrin tick repellent prior to trip. Bring lunch, snacks, two quarts of water. More detailed list will be provided.
BWAC will provide: BWCAW permit for the group, safety glasses, tools, first aid kit, rain tarps, map for the group.
Prerequisites and small print (i.e. READ this).
This trip is tobacco, drugs, and pet free. Participants will need to attend a crew safety and orientation meeting on Thursday, April 11 at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis.
Register here for the April 11 crew orientation:
Participants should in good physical condition, able to hike 12 miles a day, be amiable crew members, self motivated, goal oriented yet with safety in mind for both self and the team. Participants are required to sign a liability release and photo video waiver, USFS self certification health form, and a confidential BWAC medical form prior to trip. Participants will be required to follow organizer's directions, and to wear safety glasses and leather gloves when on the trail clearing or hiking. Organizer has the right to refuse participation to anyone for any or no reason. Please contact the trip organizer (Dave Lates) before RSVPing to discuss if this trip is a good match for you. He can be reached through Meetup messaging, email at [masked], or by phone at[masked].
Please note, the trip could be cancelled due to very bad weather, risk of fire danger, or other circumstances beyond the control of BWAC.
Thank you for considering this trip. By investing a day of your time you will be creating a lasting value for hikers and help preserve this amazing trail for society!