Alaska Trails offers trainings for trail builders

by • September 17, 2014 • trailmixComments (0)112

You might think a trail is as easy to build as taking a Pulaski to the brush in your back yard, but to learn how to do it properly you’ll really need one of these classes to help your trail last. Alaska Trails, an Anchorage nonprofit, offers training this

Pioneer Ridge Trail leads to some incredible overviews of the Knik Glacier. Photo: Melissa DeVaughn

Pioneer Ridge Trail leads to some incredible overviews of the Knik Glacier. Photo: Melissa DeVaughn

month in Trail Drainage Structure and Basic Terrain Hydrology, and Slope Structure and Trail Stability. The classes are two days – Sept. 25 and 26 – and are taught by trails expert Mike Shields.
Both classes are considered advanced and would suit experienced trail builders, but beginners can learn a lot as well – as long as they have taken Alaska Trails prerequisite class, Sustainable Trails 101. That class is conveniently being offered the night before, Sept. 24, from 5-9 p.m.
Day 1’s class, on trail drainage is designed to acquaint the trainee with both the typical structures used for controlled trail drainage (including the trail itself), and the natural surface and subsurface hydrology affecting that drainage.
Day 2 will cover both the structural nature of a trail and the variety of structures that may be used to improve trail and slope stability, including the variables of soil-slope mechanics.
Both classes are all day, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. The cost is $250 for nonprofits, $375 for agencies and government employees and $500 for for-profit companies and individuals. Those wanting to take the Sustainable Trails 101 course on Sept. 24 pay $50. To register for a course, schedule a training course or to obtain more information, call 334-8049 or email office@alaska-trails.org ◆.trails

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