Mountain Trail Monitors



First log cut

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Develop confidence and competence in a natural setting while fostering environmental stewardship on a 5 day backpacking course in the Monongahela National Forest.

 The Mountain Institute (TMI) is looking for enthusiastic groups of teenage volunteers (13-17)  who want to learn the science and art of monitoring and maintaining trails of the Monongahela National Forest. Spend the days enjoying the forests, fields, streams and mountain views while working together as a team to create and problem solve. 


*The only thing required is the right attitude and a desire to accomplish a goal as a team.

MTM participants take a break to pose over scenic Gandy Creek

Daily maintenance projects will include;

   * the use of non-mechanical hand tools for
      brush removal

   * construction of short natural staircases
      and small water bars to control erosion

   * improvement of trail markers to help hikers
      navigate the trails. 




Clearing the trail corridor

  Learn the principles of a backpacking trip:  

   * camp craft

   * knot tying

   * tarpology:  the study and art of hanging
      tarps effectively

   * cooking and water filtration

   * bear hangs

   * proper disposal of waste.



Plus: proper use and care of equipment: camp stoves, tents, water filtration systems, backpacks, and a detailed look into Leave No Trace Ethics so you can take what you learned in your week at MTM and organize your own personal backpacking trip!

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Spruce Knob Mountain Center


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Celebration on Friday atop Spruce Knob, the highest point in the WVBeautiful backcountry camping

Come Join Us for a Fun Summer Adventure in 2014!

Excited to get work doneParticipants relax in the aerie at SKMC on Friday

Geared up and ready to go