The crew is excited about the challenge of repainting, clearing, and signing the boundary while living and camping in the Mahoosuc backcountry. The full-time crew consists of our Boundary Program Manager -Sally Naser (AKA "the Surveyor General"), the Pennsylvania Cumberland Valley Ridgerunner - Ray Brassington; and me - Ellen Gass, former Konnarock Assistant Trail Crew Leader, and now devoted and returning boundary crew seasonal. We are also excited about being joined by any willing and able boundary volunteers from AMC (at present, there are only 2) or other neighboring AT Clubs (including DOC), hopefully some '07 AT thru-hikers wanting to give something back to the Trail on their northward journey to Mt. Katahdin, AMC field staff, and other ATC New England field staff. We'll be sure to introduce all our boundary helpers along the way. Needless to say, the next month of boundary work in the Mahoosucs followed by 2 weeks in October in the 100 Mile Wilderness will be extremely hard both physically and mentally, but we're up the challenge and looking forward to working with the local clubs to help them with the equally important maintenance aspect for successful boundary management. Civil Consultants, the firm who surveyed the boundary in the Mahoosucs, won the Engineering in Excellence Honor Award for 2001 for surveying this and other AT Corridor boundaries in Maine. As you can see below in some of their work log entries, they had it a lot harder than we ever will (we hope) to monument and mark the original survey. They took some very interesting notes detailing some specific challenges and demoralizing incidents they faced in the Mahoosucs:
"What a useless place to put a Boundary traverse line!"
We will be posting our progress, our challenges, our triumphs, our new boundary friends, and hopefully some moose pictures on this blog (Sally promised me at least 2 moose sightings this year, let's see if she can follow through!) We would really enjoy hearing your comments and questions and look forward to seeing you out on your club's boundary section sometime soon!