January 2015 Volunteer of the Month
Rob has been working on trails for many years. Back in the 1990s, he was a PATC overseer in Shenandoah National Park, working alongside the likes of Phil Fosterman and Anneliese Ring, who was supervisor of trails at the time. Rob, Phil and Anneliese were regulars of the Blue and White Crew in SNP.
Rob moved to Colorado—home of the Rocky Mountains—in 1999 and became a volunteer maintainer of the Colorado Trail. His section in the Collegiate Range of Chaffee County was a long drive from home and very difficult to hike to.
Rob returned from Colorado to Maryland in 2011, and decided to get back to PATC trail stewardship. He met up with the South Mountaineers and has become the overseer of the Thurston Griggs Trail and nearby sections of the Appalachian Trail either side of Pogo Campsite. He officially became the overseer in the summer of 2013. The tread repairs on the Griggs Trail are his handiwork.
Rob has also helped by weeding trails on crew workdays, starting at 6 or 7 a.m., in the muggy air of summertime. Along with his wife Sharon, he mows the Appalachian Trail's open areas in Weverton, Fox Gap and Turners Gap.
Rob's professional expertise is in GIS, and he has the maps on the walls of his home to prove it. Not just any old maps, but a rather unique and eclectic assortment. Rob is currently between jobs; he has spent that free time working for PATC and getting his fixer-upper house in great shape.
Rob is an avid hiker; he has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and section-hiked most of the AT. He also enjoys biking rail-trails and canoeing. Sharon and Rob live near the Appalachian Trail in Maryland.
PATC thanks Rob Lauchner for all of his dedication and good deeds he performs for the club.
—Sharon Lauchner and Rick Canter
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