The Rocky Top crew works exclusively on 70 miles of the A.T. through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following the ridge crest from Davenport Gap to Fontana Dam. The crew is sponsored jointly by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, the National Park Service, and ATC.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Surprised Optimist

I thought I had set my expectations high when I anticipated having the entire pool room decked by the end of the third weekend of work. I am delightfully surprised by the fact that the dedicated crews of volunteers managed to get the pool room decked by the conclusion of work on the last scheduled January work day on January 19, 2014.

Here's a look of their progress over that weekend.

January 18, 2014
Trusses are doubled up due to an initial manufacturing error. The result is a
 floor 1.5 times stronger than we first expected! 

The door knobs were replaced
with lever-style door latches. 

Polishing up the drainage around the driveway. 

Exterior landscaping improvements were made
to encourage better drainage 

Pretty sweet ditch. 

Decking nearly done (and it was finished on Sunday!) 

The crew is on hiatus while the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club attends to the pre-construction of privies for Mt. Collins Shelter and Double Springs Shelter. We look forward to gathering up again, at a date to be determined in February or March, for more work on ATC's Crew Basecamp at Soak Ash Creek to install the stairs and retaining wall, windows, window well, and door for the basement. If you have interest in joining us for these work opportunities, please call me, Leanna Joyner, at 828-254-3708.

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