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Trail School - Open Seats

Postby WaltBready » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:23 pm

There is still some space in the February Trail School for you. This will be the last trail school for the next 5-7 months. We start this Saturday at Gainesville State College.

I have worked with IMBA to present the most up to date information available on sustainable trails. Each student that enrolls for all four classes will receive a copy of "Trail Solutions, IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack", our class text book.

The class dates are as follows. You must attend them in this order.

    Design & Layout - February 7, 2009

    Trail Construction - February 8, 2009

    Trail Maintenance - February 21, 2009

    Crew Leader Training - February 22, 2009

These classes are for all nature-surface trail enthusiasts, land agencies, and trail advocacy groups. This course will be taught at Gainesville State College (http://www.gsc.edu) in Oakwood, Georgia.

The focus of the course is on shared-use trails however some specialized single use applications will also be addressed. This course is designed around current, modern, low impact trail design and construction practices and complies with current specifications by most land agencies.

Session one: Trail Design and Layout

The classroom portion will cover all aspects of how to properly design and layout a trail. We will discuss issues on how to avoid erosion, user conflicts, and impact problems through design. It will give you a good working knowledge of what causes trails to erode through water/soil relationships. A test on the subjects covered will be taken just before lunch. The field portion will entail putting what we covered in the class to work by actually laying out a new section of trail.

Session two: Trail Construction

The classroom portion will cover corridor clearing for all types of use and proper trail tread construction. Different types of tread construction, cribbing and raised tread sections, switchbacks and a section on bridges and boardwalks are also included. A test on the subjects covered will be taken just before lunch. The field portion will put your construction knowledge to work clearing and/or constructing a section of trail.

Session three: Trail Maintenance

The classroom portion will cover maintenance issues on well-designed and poorly designed trails. We will discuss how to make long-term repairs, and lower environmental impacts. Trail hardening materials and techniques along with rehabilitation of disused trails will also be covered. A test on the subjects covered will be taken just before lunch. The field session will concentrate on any number of maintenance activities.

Session four: Crew Leader Training

This final session will be held outdoors and broken into three portions; organizing the workday, selecting and getting your crew to the work site, overseeing the project and then returning to the trailhead. Safety and efficiency are the focus of this session. Because of the nature of this level of leadership, all participants in this session will be required to pass the test in all three previous sessions before attending. Graduation for all that qualify will be held at the end of this session.

Class Information

The minimum age for the course is 18. The course will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants. The Trail Solutions book and an interactive power point show will be provided. The sessions will run approximately 6 hours long (2-1/2 classroom, 1 lunch, 2-1/2 field).

The cost is $100 for the full round of four classes. Out of state participants are encouraged to come and a $200 fee per person (full course) will apply. There is a 25% discount for IMBA-SORBA members that attend all four classes of the Trail School. The fourth class will be free. Make checks payable to Gainesville College Foundation.

Please come prepared for the type of weather expected that day. You will need to bring boots, gloves, and something to write with. All classes will start at 9:30am and end at 3:30pm. Lunch will be on your own.

Please email me or PM now, if you would like to attend! Space is limited.

Walter Bready
Georgia Trails Education Specialist
Gainesville State College
wbready @ gsc.edu
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Re: Trail School - Open Seats

Postby Fearless » Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:11 pm

Where on the campus do you meet for the classes?
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Re: Trail School - Open Seats

Postby WaltBready » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:03 pm

The morning indoor sessions will be held in the Academic II building.

There is 1 open seat. Please let me know soon if you what to attend.

Closing registration Thursday (2/5/09) at noon.
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Re: Trail School - Open Seats

Postby steved033 » Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:26 am

when is the next round of classes? I'm very interested.

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