Today we were up on the Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain, showing a reporter and photographer finished and ongoing stages of the trail project there. On the Upper East Face, the focus of much of this year’s work, we met up with the crew of interns, volunteers Joe Knight (seen at left with Trail Builder/Educator Ama Koenigshof) and Kevin Stamey (at right), and professional trail builder Chris Ingui (who got his start as volunteer on the project) hard at work.
Kevin, of Cortlandt Manor, NY, has been a regular on the project since July. “After a career in the office, I just wanted to be outside,” he said with a smile. “I went to the [Trail Conference] website looking for hiking options, click, click, click–and here I am.” Kevin is learning stone work skills as he volunteers.
If you’re interested in getting involved in this technical trail project, contact Ama at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 616-337-2481.