2018 Trail Building & Maintenance Trips – Call for Volunteers

The dates and locations for our 2018 Trail Building & Maintenance Trips have been set. 

2018 Trail Building & Maintenance Trip Schedule (details below): 

  • Trip #1 High Rock Trail, Hybrid Trip – Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21
  • Trip #2 Dutch Creek Bridge Building Trip – Sunday, June 24 to Thursday, June 28 – FULL (waiting list only)
  • Trip #3 High Rock Trail, Hybrid Trip – Monday, June 25 to Thursday, June 28
  • Trip #4 High Rock Trail Signature Trip – Wednesday, July 18 to Sunday, July 22 – FULL (waiting list only)
  • Trip #5 High Rock Trail Signature Trip – Sunday, July 22 to Thursday, July 26
  • Trip #6 Original GDT Walking Trip – Tuesday, July 17 to Sunday, July 22 – FULL (waiting list only)
  • Trip #7 High Rock Trail Hybrid Trip – Thursday, July 26 to Monday, July 30
  • Trip #8 David Thompson Heritage Trail Upgrade Self-Supported Trip – Sunday, September 9 to Friday, September 14

This year we will be holding 6 trail building trips on the new High Rock Trail near Dutch Creek in June and July, continuing construction of the first new section of the GDT in 30 years:

TRIP #1 – High Rock Trail, Hybrid Trip

  • DATES: June 18 to 21, 2018
  • SIZE: 15 volunteers
  • BASIC CAMP SET-UP: Kitchen tent, stove, tables, fire pit & latrine.
  • FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food. 
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking. This trip is designed with experienced volunteers in mind so trail-building experience is recommended.
  • COST: Free for GDTA Members.

 TRIP #2 – Dutch Creek Bridge Building Trip – FULL (waiting list only)

  • DATES: June 24 to 28, 2018
  • SIZE: 13 volunteers
  • CAMP SET-UP: Basic, fire pit & latrine.
  • FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food. 
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: This trip involves bridge building so volunteers with wood construction experience and comfortable being a driver or passenger on an ATV are preferred. Volunteers should also have experience backcountry camping and hiking. 
  • COST: Free for GDTA Members.

 TRIP #3 – High Rock Trail, Hybrid Trip

  • DATES: June 25 to 28, 2018
  • SIZE: 15 volunteers
  • BASIC CAMP SET-UP: Kitchen tent, stove, tables, fire pit & latrine.
  • FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food. 
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking. This trip is designed with experienced volunteers in mind so trail-building experience is recommended.
  • COST: Free for GDTA Members.

 TRIP #4 – High Rock Trail Signature Trip

  • DATES: July 18 to 22, 2018
  • SIZE: 20 volunteers
  • ENHANCED CAMP SET-UP: Full camp kitchen (including tents, tables, stoves and BBQ), fire pit, solar shower & latrine.
  • FOOD: All food is included, prepared by our head chef and a team of assistants (all volunteers take turns helping out in the kitchen). 
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Trail-building experience is not required, but volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking.
  • COST: $100 for GDTA Members.

 TRIP #5 – High Rock Trail Signature Trip

  • DATES: July 22 to 26, 2018
  • SIZE: 20 volunteers
  • ENHANCED CAMP SET-UP: Full camp kitchen (including tents, tables, stoves and BBQ), fire pit, solar shower & latrine.
  • FOOD: All food is included, prepared by our head chef and a team of assistants (all volunteers take turns helping out in the kitchen). 
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Trail-building experience is not required, but volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking.
  • COST: $100 for GDTA Members.

We will also be holding a trail maintenance trip on the Original Section of the GDT:

TRIP #6 – Original GDT Walking Trip – FULL (waiting list only)
This trip involves doing light trail maintenance while hiking 15-20 km per day on the beautiful section of trail known as the “Original GDT” from Baril Creek to Dutch Creek.

  • DATES: July 17 to 22, 2018
  • SIZE: 6 volunteers
  • CAMP: Primitive backcountry camping. Volunteers must bring all personal camping equipment.
  • FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must have previous backcountry hiking and camping experience and a moderate fitness level. 
  • COST: Free for GDTA members.

TRIP #7 – High Rock Trail, Hybrid Trip
This trip will continue construction of the new High Rock section of the Great Divide Trail north of Crowsnest Pass. Key activities will be trail clearing and tread building and construction of a  bridge.

  • DATES: July 26 to 30, 2018
  • LOCATION: First Creek valley
  • SIZE: 12 volunteers
  • BASIC CAMP SET-UP: Shared camp kitchen (including stove and food storage), fire pit & latrine
  • FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Trail crew experience is not required, but volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking. Tool training and safety orientation will be provided by the GDTA.
  • COST: Free for GDTA Members.

TRIP #8: David Thompson Heritage Trail Upgrade, Self-Supported Trip
The David Thompson Heritage Trail is an important connection for the GDT between Yoho and Banff National Parks, but hasn’t been maintained in almost two decades. This trip will focus on restoring the trail from Cairnes Creek to Lambe Creek (8 km) in the spectacular Blaeberry Valley NE of Golden BC. This trip will include chainsawing deadfall, wood removal, rebuilding the trail tread for 1.5 km, assessing a log bridge site, and lots of camaraderie around the campfire. Luggage will be brought to camp by truck and ATV. First and last days include a 15 km level walk next to the scenic Blaeberry River.

  • DATES: September 9 to 14, 2018
  • LOCATION: David Thompson Heritage trailhead
  • SIZE: 9 volunteers
  • BASIC CAMP SET-UP: Shared camp kitchen (including stove and food storage), fire pit & latrine.
  • FOOD: Volunteers will bring & cook their own food. Ice-filled food coolers will be provided by the GDTA.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Carpooling will be organized by the GDTA, gas included.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking. This trip is designed with experienced volunteers in mind so trail crew experience is recommended. Tool training and safety orientation will be provided by the GDTA. 1 or 2 volunteers with experience driving a quad ATV would be helpful.
  • COST: Free for GDTA Members.

The GDTA will provide all trail maintenance tools, tool training and safety orientation for all trips. See our Volunteer Guide for more information including descriptions of our various Trip Models. 

Contact us if you are interested in participating in one of our 2018 GDTA Trail Building & Maintenance Trips. Come join us in the mountains – Build trail – Sleep under the stars – Be inspired!

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