Volunteer Ridgerunner Training

Date: September 9, 2017

Time: 09:00 AM - 02:30 PM

Location: Roanoke Regional Fire/EMS Training Center, 1220 Kessler Mill Road Salem, VA

The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club created the McAfee Knob Task Force in May of 2015 to address management challenges surrounding the beloved landmark of McAfee Knob. The primary function of the Task Force has been to organize and support a cadre of Volunteer Ridgerunners, who patrol the trails and parking lots around McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth during busy weekends.

Volunteer Ridgerunners engage hikers in friendly conversations about the natural and cultural significance of this area and tips on best practices for enjoying the Trail safely and responsibly. They report on trail conditions and perform light trail maintenance to prevent small problems from getting worse–like dismantling illegal fire rings, packing out trash, and blocking social trails to discourage shortcutting. So far in 2017, 32 Volunteer Ridgerunners have already logged 729 volunteer hours, spoken with 9,713 visitors and packed out 432 gallons of litter!

If you want to join this lively group of dedicated stewards, you must:

–> Join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club ($20/year, ratc.org)
–> Join the McAfee Knob Task Force Meetup group (free, https://www.meetup.com/McAfeeKnob/)
–> Commit to volunteer at least one weekend day per month (Fri/Sat/Sun), April through November
–> Attend a Training Day
–> Join an experienced Ridgerunner for an Orientation Hike before patrolling solo

Lunch will be provided at the training, so we need an accurate head count. Please indicate any dietary restrictions in the comments on the meetup event or by email to kherndon@appalachiantrail.org. We’ll meet in Classroom 1 and will spend part of the day outside if the weather permits.