Rigging for Trail Work

by Lester Kenway, Trail Services LLC

Monday, March 31, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, Stonewall Resort, Room TBA

One-day indoor/outdoor workshop
(Morning sessions at the Stonewall Resort Conference Center,
Afternoon out to the Outdoor Trade Show area to play with rocks.)

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.  Note:  Hardhats and leather gloves and boots are highly recommended for the outdoor sessions.


Safety Concerns

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Hazards to consider when working with wire rope
  • The critical importance of communication
  • Working safely on steep slopes
  • Maintaining adequate safety factors with equipment

Slide Show – What can you do on the trail with Rigging Equipment?

Rigging Equipment

  • Wire rope – selecting the proper wire rope and calculating safe working loads
  • Griphoist winches – what machine is best for your project
  • Tips on Griphoist maintenance – keeping your machine working smoothly
  • Tools and accessories for wire rope systems
    • Snatch Blocks
    • Chains
    • Wire Rope Grips
    • Fiber Ropes
    • Shackles
    • Nylon lifting slings
    • And More . . . .

Pulling systems

Try different winches to move heavy objects – “feel” tension in the wire rope by using a dynamometer.

Highline demonstration

  • Systematic ways of planning and setting up skyline systems
  • Limitations of lifting from a horizontal line
  • Calculating working load limits

All participants will receive helpful handouts that summarize important information.












Indoor/outdoor workshop

Students should wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the outdoor field work.

Indoor portions will be in the Stonewall Resort. Afternoon field exercises will take place in the Outdoor Trade Show area.  Be prepared for cool breezes (gloves and hats recommended).

About the instructor

Lester Kenway, Trail Services LLC, has been working with wire rope and rigging equipment  for 43 years.  Since 1993, he has supplied equipment, advice and instruction in the safe use of rigging tools throughout the United States via his company, Trail Services LLC based in Bangor, Maine.

Lester has been involved in trails since 1971 through positions with the State of Maine, as an Appalachian Trail Volunteer, and as an independent contractor.  He served as the Trail Supervisor at Baxter State Park for 22 years.



Attendance limit: 25

This session is limited to 25 participants. This participant limit is the maximum instructor/student ratio for a quality learning experience. When the limit is reached, our online shopping cart will no longer allow you to register for this workshop, however, a wait list will be started. In other words, if you are able to register online, you’re guaranteed a spot.



This workshop costs $60 early registration ($70 after March 14) for this 1 day workshop, for the extra expense of the high instructor: participant ratio, equipment and fuel, and other workshop logistics.

You will also need to purchase the All-Inclusive Conference Package of $125/person per day on each day of the workshop. This gives you all meals and breaks throughout the day, and conference/meeting rooms and resources.

Lodging costs $90/night (single or double occupancy).


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For more information

Contact Mike Passo at 360-734-7270 or mpasso@trailbuilders.org