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This is a group for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the PATC.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer-based organization, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia and founded in 1927. PATC is one of 31 organizations that maintain the Appalachian Trail for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.

Through its 7,000+ members and volunteers, PATC builds and maintains 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail and over 800 miles of other trails in the Mid Atlantic Region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation.

The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers!

Upcoming events (5+)

*CALL FOR AGILE VOLUNTEERS* Shelter Work Trip - Rod Hollow Shelter: Paris, VA

👷‍♀️👷‍♂️**URGENT: Call for Volunteers interested in hauling in materials to PATC Shelter on April 23rd!👷‍♀️👷‍♂️ *****UPDATE: Meeting at Bears Den Trail Center (18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135) at 9AM due to lack of parking on road where stuff will be carried in from)***** The Shelter Crew needs more agile bodies to help with repair projects this Spring. 💪 ⚒More work will continue at Rod Hollow Shelter, and the crew needs additional people to help carry in supplies. The entire deck at Rod Hollow needs to be replaced and the deck needs to be shored up because of rotted wood. Henry has a work crew to do the work, but not to haul in materials! Materials that need to be hauled in include: 4 sheets of plywood, 2X6's, and some other items. Without agile volunteers helping to haul in the materials, work on the shelter will be delayed until May, when the next crew is available. We encourage anyone who is able to help & has the time on Tuesday morning to reach out so that we can keep Rod Hollow in the system during peak hiking season. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Henry Horn, the Shelter Chair, at [masked], or[masked]

WORKSHOP - String trimmer Operation and Maintenance

Blackburn Trail Center

One day workshop Blackburn Trail Center Saturday May 4,[masked]:30 am -4 pm Limit 12 participants. If enough people express interest, we will add a second day on Sunday, May 5. This workshop is for anyone that currently is using or wants to learn to run and maintain gas power string trimmers. AKA weed whacker, brush cutter, weeder. We will provide trimmers to be worked on. Or bring your own. Focus will be on Stihl trimmers, but we can work with others as well. Bring your own PPE. Ear and eye protection required. Face and leg protection recommended. At this work shop we will discuss • The different types of trimmers and cutter heads. • Which heads and string work best for various tasks. • How to load the string, how to change heads. • How to start the darn things and operate them. • In- the -field trouble shooting. • Routine maintenance, winter storage This workshop will be hands on. We will be running trimmers in the field, taking them apart, and putting them a back together. Questions? [masked]

WEST CHAPTER - Trail Day Work Trip at Sugarloaf Mountain

Those hiking trails that we enjoy using at Sugarloaf Mountain (Dickerson, MD) do not maintain themselves! Installation of new and maintenance of existing erosion control structures on the blue-blazed Northern Peaks Trail will be the primary tasks. Dress in clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty appropriate for the weather. Shorts are NOT recommended. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and lunch or trail snacks. Session will cancel for steady heavy rains or thunderstorms, but not light rains or intermittent showers. We generally finish at 3:30 pm; however, stay for as long as you can. Later arrivals are welcome also, just inform the overseer in advance so that he can let you know the project site location. http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

SPOOKY BEAVER CREW - Trail Maintenance Work Trip: Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run Education Center

Join the Spooky Beaver Trail Crew to maintain the 37 miles of hiking paths in historic Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA . Wear boots and dress for the weather; bring water, a trail lunch, and leather work gloves. We typically work until 2:30 pm, but you can leave as you like. Please let Mark Ellis know if you are coming via [masked] or (703)[masked] (voice/text).

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WEST CHAPTER - Trail Day Work Trip at Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain, West View Parking Area

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