There are 7 different trail maintenance crews that work on different days and/or work on different trails. We have listed them below, along with contact information for their crew leaders.
(Burnsville) Monday Crew. Crew leader, John Whitehouse (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is a small crew (5-7 people) that works mostly on the AT, MST and trails in the Appalachian Ranger District of Pisgah Forest.
Waynesville West Crew. Crew leader, Larry Sobil (email@example.com). The West Crew works on Wednesdays and maintains the MST above Waynesville, the AT and various trails in the Forest. They are a small crew of 4 to 6 people.
Thursday Crew. Crew leader, Bill Falender (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Thursday Crew is out of Asheville and works on the MST and AT as well as other trails in the Forests. It is a small crew of 6 to 8 people.
Asheville Friday Crew. Crew leader, Skip Sheldon (email@example.com). This crew of 10 to 12 works mostly on the AT and MST trails. This crew does all types of work, but primarily builds trails. This crew has the widest range of skill levels.
Pisgah Friday Crew. Crew leaders Pete R. Petersen (ROAP@AOL.COM) and George Banta
Wilderness Crew. Crew leader, Becky Smucker (firstname.lastname@example.org). This crew works two Saturdays per month, and allows the folks who have to work during the week a chance to be a member of a maintenance crew. The crew works primarily in the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wildernesses, and works exclusively with hand tools. They frequently hike 6-7 (occasionally up to 10) miles round trip on rough trails to reach more remote work sites.
Quarterly Saturday Crew. Crew leaders are Les Love (email@example.com) and Piet Bodenhorst (firstname.lastname@example.org). This crew goes out quarterly on Saturdays and builds new trail on the MST. The crew often has 30 or more folks working with it, including some of the folks who work on the weekly crews and frequently some first time trail workers. The work dates for 2013 are; March 16, April 20, June 1 (National Trails Day), August 17, and October 19.
Free Rangers Crew. Crew leader is John Busse (email@example.com). Comprised of a pool of experienced trail workers, this crew responds to smaller, but problematic, trail issues needing repair quickly. Primary emphasis is trail repair where a CMC hike is scheduled to occur. Typically a crew of 3-4 is used, can hike longer distances if needed, and repair trails within CMC's trail coverage (AT, MST, Pisgah). CMC hike leaders are encouraged to report trail issues if found during their pre-hike scout.
You are welcome to work with any of these crews, and several folks work with 2 or more of them on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact any of the crew leaders about working with them.
The normal procedure is for the crew leader to send out an e-mail message several days before the up-coming workday, explaining the job the crew will be working on, what tools to bring, and the meeting place and time. If you want to work with the crew that day, you let the crew leader know, and show up (be on time, because we frequently have a long drive, so we leave at the time given). When you contact a crew leader about working with the crew, he/she will put you on the crew e-mail distribution so you receive these notices.
You do not need any experience or tools to work on the maintenance crews (except the Free Ranger Crew). Training and equipment will be supplied by the crew leader. You do need to respond to the work notice, letting the crew leader know if you plan to work with them. Wear old work clothes (long pants highly suggested), sturdy boots, bring a small day pack with your lunch and plenty of water, and a good pair of leather work gloves. The hikes with tools, etc., will be anywhere from 2 to 5 miles in length so be prepared.
If you have questions about any crew, drop their crew leader a note.