This was sent to me recently, I hope some of you find it of interest. It should be a great course if anyone is interested. Walt Cook is an amazing man with about as much trail experience as anyone alive.
Trail Certification Course... Please forward to any interested parties.
Sign up deadline: Thursday, Feb 1, 2007
(minimum 6, maximum 12 participants)
Certified Trail Design and Maintenance Course
When: February 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, and 22, March 13, 15, 20, and 22.
9am - noon (*no more than one absence allowed for certification)
Where: Sandy Creek Nature Center and Memorial Park, Athens, GA
Cost: $125 per participant (ACC Employees need to contact Michelle Harper: 3615 x225, to arrange for payment in advance)
Limited Space Available - sign-ups taken on a first come, first serve basis.
Please sign-up through Carly Robinson (via phone or email) with Name, Dept, phone # and email address.
No Refunds. Open to ACC employees til Tuesday, Jan 23, then open to the public, until Thursday, Feb 1.
COMPREHENSIVE FOOT TRAIL COURSE
WINTER – 2007 – Walt Cook
Notes to Participants
The scope of the course includes all non-paved foot trails. It will include hiking trails, nature trails, and utility trails. This is a new course, so the time to cover a topic is only an estimate. I don’t want to rush through, and I want to have plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will not go overtime, but we may quit early, if the topic break is near. We will also go outside and observe the trails here on the nature center property, to try to apply what the notes said.
The following Outline of PART I will be a guide, not a dictator, of the major indoor work. PART II will be mostly outdoors, with a little indoors. PART III will be all outdoors. By the end of the course, we hope to have built a new trail in Memorial Park, probably one to replace an existing trail that has been badly eroded.
Applying the Principles
Purpose = kind of user = kind of trail
Water and gravity
Using Maps in Trail Design
Introduction to maps
Planning a trail on a topographic map.
Flagging the route
The last four days are all outside, mostly at Memorial Park. In order, the four outside days will be:
A hike to critique an existing trail
Practice maintenance -- brushing, drainage, tread renewal
Practice flagging a trail
Practice cutting and digging a new trail
Please call or email with any questions or to sign-up.
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