Rock Armoring Clinic

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Learn one of the latest trail building techniques to create a more sustainable and enhanced trail or trail segment. North Georgia Mountain Bike Association, USFS and IMBA Trail Solutions are offering a two day rock armoring clinic to:

1) Empower and educate volunteers and land managers on how to stabilize steep trails with rock as an alternative to relocating the trails onto lower grades to reduce erosion.

2) Give local trail users the skills to install rock armor that would enhance the challenge level of trails. This clinic will cover rock transport and all types of armoring: including pitching, flagstones, anchors, booters, rip-rap, and preventing erosion. Risk managment, safety, best practices for long lasting rock features and how to avoid shortcuts.

Benefits of Rock Armoring

  • Resource protection through reduced erosion on steep trails.

  • Increased difficulty of certain trails or lines to ensure a diverse trail experience opportunity is available.

  • Develop volunteer capacity to assist USFS with their backlog of trail maintenance.


Friday, Nov 1, 2019

8:30a - Registration/check in at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, 152 Orvin Lance Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Please park by dumpster next door in front of Town & Country Furniture store.

9a - 12p - Classroom work

12p - 1p - Lunch (will be provided)

1p - 4p - Onsite work at Stanley Gap Trailhead off of Rock Creek Rd. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, Nov 2, 2019

9a - 4p - Onsite work at Stanley Gap Trailhead off of Rock Creek Rd. Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.

Attendees: We will work rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, including: work gloves (loose fitting leather gloves are best), long pants, boots (preferred) or sturdy shoes, hard hats and protective eyewear required. No open-toed shoes or bike helmets allowed! Knee pads, back support (there will be heavy lifting involved) and ear protection is also needed. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring, sunscreen, insect repellent, and carry any personal medical supplies (ie. epi- pen, insulin, inhalers). We can provide protective eye glasses and have limited number of hard hats.

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Date and Time

Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 8:30 AM –

Sat, Nov 2, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

152 Orvin Lance Drive

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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Refunds up to 7 days before event