From Danielle Sanderson, Long Trail Patrol crew leader in July.
Summer is in full swing, and as a Long Trail Patrol Crew Leader, I have spent the last two months exploring and maintaining the lush, vibrant, and relentless trails of the Long Trail System with my crew.
We just worked for two weeks maintaining a section of trail on Mount Hunger. Our time consisted mostly of making waterbars to divert water off the trail and brushing in social trails, where hikers have stepped off the primary path and unintentionally caused erosion.
As a crew, we’ve had some great experiences in this area; setting enormous rocks perfectly in place on the first try, spotting all sorts of beautiful mushrooms, hiking up to the summit for sunset, and soaking (more like dipping) in the brook just ahead of our campsite.
This type of work is rewarding in more ways than I can explain. My crew and I are happy, honored, and confident to say that we love working for the Long Trail Patrol and the Green Mountain Club.
We wake up in the forest every day – excited and grateful to be doing what we love.