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Trail Maintenance Skills

Every year, hundreds of PATC volunteers cut or reroute miles of trails. Fallen trees are removed with chainsaws, crosscut saws and axes. Stone staircases and boulder stream crossings are built using winches, highlines and rigging gear. PATC conducts or sponsors classes and workshops that teach the skills necessary to safely conduct these activities. Most are taught in conjunction with our partners in the National Park Service or State Parks. Examples of these workshops are Rigging, Advanced Stonework and Chainsaw Certification to name a few.

Various classes throughout the year teach:

·         Basic and advanced trail maintenance skills.

·         Rolling grade dip construction.

·         Light weight rigging class.

·         Various power tool workshops.

·         Trail design and layout.

Upcoming trail maintenance training events

 Anyone interested should email Robert Fina at Robert@Fina-co.com.

 - June 19, 20    Rope puller (Maasdam) Rigging workshop. Day and half workshop. Rigging for pulling down hung up trees, moving logs and rocks.
 - August 7        SET Rolling grade dip construction. One day workshop on the trail.

Other trainings and work trips are posted on the PATC meetup web site  

Please join the meetup so you will get email notifications, and can see the trip locations and details.

Upcoming workshops are highlighted in our newsletter, the Potomac Appalachian, as well as on the PATC Calendar.

Hiking Classes

PATC offers classes in a variety of subjects of interest to the outdoors community. All are  open to the general public, and may be one day, one weekend, or several days in length.

These classes & workshops are very popular, are all taught by PATC volunteers & usually fill-up quickly.   Pre-registration is required & all participants must be 18 years of age.

Classes are currently offered for:

       Trail Patrol Training
       Hike Leadership
       Wilderness First Aid
       Leave No Trace

More detailed info is provided at Classes & Workshops or visit the PATC Calendar .