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Which ATC Trail Crew Should YOU Join?

If you love the Appalachian Trail and are ready to work hard, get dirty, learn new skills and make friends, you might have what it takes to be a great Trail Crew volunteer! The 6 ATC Volunteer Trail Crews complete important trail construction and repair work from Georgia to Maine, from late spring into the fall. Each one is a little bit different: try this quiz to see which Trail Crew is right for you!

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  1. 1. How much hiking experience do you have?

    I've never been on a hike.
    I've never been on a hike.
    I've been on a few day hikes, but I've never slept in a tent.
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    I've been on a few day hikes, but I've never slept in a tent.
    I've been backpacking, but not more than 2 nights.
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    I've been backpacking, but not more than 2 nights.
    I've done some long-distance hiking, less than 100 miles.
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    I've done some long-distance hiking, less than 100 miles.
    I'm an experienced long-distance hiker.
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    I'm an experienced long-distance hiker.
  2. 2. How often do you get strenuous exercise?

    Never ever.
    Once in a while.
    At least once a week.
    At least twice a week.
    Almost every day.
  3. 3. Pick a hike.

  4. 4. What is the WORST?

    Getting dirty or sweaty.
    Carrying a heavy load.
    Hot and humid weather.
    Running out of food.
    Going back to civilization after a hike.
  5. 5. Considering travel to get to the Trail, how much time do you have?

    Anywhere on the Trail for maybe a day or two?
    From Virginia to Connecticut, I can take a week off for something I care about.
    Definitely a week or more in New England.
    For the Smokies, I can disappear into the woods for at least a week this summer.
    9 days in the fall sounds perfect!

Which ATC Trail Crew Should YOU Join?

You got: Konnarock or Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

You are ready for adventure, hard work, and camaraderie--but you're still learning backcountry skills. The Konnarock and Mid-Atlantic Trail Crews are a great place to learn the ropes! You'll work alongside first-time volunteers AND seasoned trail maintainers and hikers, completing major trail construction projects to improve and protect the A.T. Expect to camp near the crew vehicles, and hike about 2-6 miles each day to and from the work site. Konnarock operates from May to mid-August, while Mid-Atlantic has sessions in the spring and fall. For more information or to register, visit appalachiantrail.org/crews!

Konnarock or Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew
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You got: Vermont Long Trail Patrol or Maine Trail Crew

You are ready for adventure, hard work, and camaraderie in scenic New England! You don't have to be a seasoned thru-hiker to volunteer with VLTP or the Maine Trail Crew, but you should be ready to carry heavy loads, walk long miles, and get dirty as you complete important major construction projects on the A.T. Both VLTP and Maine operate in the summer months. For more information or to register, visit appalachiantrail.org/crews

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You got: SWEAT: Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew

You've got quite a few backcountry miles under your belt, and you're ready to give back as part of a challenging, rewarding adventure. S.W.E.A.T. Crew is completely different from other ATC crews: you'll focus on the difficult trail problems that occur deep in the backcountry with the tools you carry in and the materials that you find. The SWEAT Crew is mobile, carrying all food, tools, and camping gear into the heart of the largest and most beautiful managed wilderness area in the east, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Operating in the summer months, SWEAT Crew is a great opportunity for experienced backpackers who are ready for long hikes in and an unrivaled wilderness experience. Learn more or register at appalachiantrail.org/crews

SWEAT: Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew
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You got: Rocky Top Trail Crew

You are ready for to give the Trail some serious TLC and immerse yourself in the glory of autumn in the Smokies. Rocky Top works each year on the badly damaged section of Trail shared by hikers and horsemen in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With help from volunteer horsemen, the crew packs into a remote site for eight days of backcountry camping and major trail reconstruction. After a long, steep, challenging hike in, seven days and nights deep in the wilderness, and hard work repairing badly damaged tread--both you and the Trail will be transformed. Rocky Top Crew is a great opportunity for experienced backpackers to enjoy autumn in the Smoky Mountains from a different perspective. For more information or to register visit appalachiantrail.org/crews

Rocky Top Trail Crew
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You got: Hit the Trail!

Whether it's because you don't have enough free time or you need to gain some hiking experience, this is probably not the year for you to join an ATC Trail Crew. That's OK, there are lots of ways you can help protect and care for the Appalachian Trail! Do some hiking, join ATC or your local Trail Club, volunteer on a trail near you or in a local park--and when you're ready visit appalachiantrail.org/crews!

Hit the Trail!
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