Pre Conference Workshops (February 10-12)
Larry Knutson, Penn Trails LLC
Sunday-Monday, February 10-11, 2013
The two day/16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is designed to provide outdoor enthusiasts and employees with a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response.
Lester Kenway, Trail Services LLC.
Monday, February 11, 2013
This one-day workshop is divided between classroom presentations and outside demonstrations of equipment and techniques. Safe practices in the use of wire rope and rigging equipment will be presented; a variety of winches and specialty tools will be available to apply in different situations. Applications ranging from simple pulling/dragging situations to overhead skyline systems hundreds of feet long will be described or demonstrated.
Kerry Woods, US Forest Service.
Sunday & Monday, February 10-11, 2013
This 2 day course will provide attendees an excellent overview of all aspects of chainsaw work for trails including: limbing, bucking, and felling operations. The goal of this workshop is to train and certify students in safe chainsaw use.
Mike Shields, NPS (retired), and Jon Underwood, Happy Trails
Sunday-Monday, February 10 & 11, 2013
Learn how to design and lay out a perfect direction-reversing Sweep Turn or Switchback on various side slopes. Use ordinary tools to create a geometrically precise layout, minimize construction time, and connect the approaches at the proper grade. Gain an understanding of the effects of different slope angles on layout, construction, traffic wear, drainage and maintenance.
Post Conference Workshops (February 15-17)
Eddie Walsh of Tahawus Trails, Josh Ryan of Timber & Stone, & Peter Jensen of Peter Jensen and Associates.
Friday-Saturday, February 15-16, 2013
Experience the process of finding & shaping stone, transportation of stone via cable rigging, and installation of stone for steps, gargoyles, & cribbing. This 2 day workshop will focus on 3 parts which are all hands on. Up to 20 participants can be accommodated and the participants will be split into 3 groups. Each group will rotate between sites after 4.5 hours of instruction/hands on work.
Stuart MacDonald, Pam Gluck and Christopher Douwes.
Thursday, February 14, 3 pm – 6 pm
Join members of American Trails, the Federal Highway Administration, organizations, and agencies for discussion on current training programs and the future of training for trail skills. Open to all conference attendees.
Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Friday-Saturday, February 15-16
The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments. The course will conclude with a written UTAP/HETAP Certification Exam which is the first step towards certification as a Trail Assessment Coordinator.