Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

Overview

This is the classic, comprehensive manual on how to build a footpath to withstand the beating of 8 million boots a year (some hitting the ground 5 million times), to rest lightly on the land, to preserve the natural resources around it, and to allow a true backcountry experience-all at the same time. It is addressed to those who work on the Appalachian Trail-4,500 volunteers putting in a total of more than 185,000 hours a year-but is used by veteran and novice trail-builders around the world because of the ...
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Overview

This is the classic, comprehensive manual on how to build a footpath to withstand the beating of 8 million boots a year (some hitting the ground 5 million times), to rest lightly on the land, to preserve the natural resources around it, and to allow a true backcountry experience-all at the same time. It is addressed to those who work on the Appalachian Trail-4,500 volunteers putting in a total of more than 185,000 hours a year-but is used by veteran and novice trail-builders around the world because of the success of the Appalachian Trail system. Illustrated with more than 50 photographs and 100 explanatory drawings, this manual includes design and construction specifications and lists of tools and U.S. suppliers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780917953729
  • Publisher: Appalachian Trail Conference
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi
1 The Appalachian Trail Experience 1
2 Working as an A.T. Volunteer 7
3 Trail Design: Planning 17
4 Trail Design: Field Layout 37
5 Trail Clearing and Excavation 55
6 Trail Building: Tread Hardening and Rehabilitation 69
7 Stream Crossings and Bridges 103
8 Special Environments: Alpine Areas, Balds, Wetlands, and Farmlands 115
9 Trail Maintenance 135
10 Trail Marking 145
11 Trail Signs 155
12 Hand Tools 175
13 Power Tools 199
14 Rigging 205
15 Finishing Up 217
Glossary 223
Further Reading 229
Index 233
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