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Feb 20

YiW Field Season 2014 kicks off

This past weekend we lead a group of 12 students from Cal Poly State University's 'Poly Escapes' program on a Stewardship Outing to Vicente Flat.  We joined veteran Trail Crew Leader Mike Heard on the Kirk Creek trail to rework the hinge and tread a couple miles out from Vicente.  Also joining us were 4 young people from a Big Sur area WWOOF site, (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms).
The Crew

The Crew

Students expressed their desire to learn what goes into building and maintaining trails, in order to have a "deeper appreciation" for backpacking and the wilderness experience.  Students were surprised to learn that all trail work in Wilderness Areas are preformed with strictly hand-tools and people power, no motorized equipment.  Let nature's sounds prevail!
the tools

The tools

Mike Heard gives a demonstration

Trail Crew Leader C.M. Heard gives a demonstration

Hiking to the work site

Hiking to the work site

Sloughing

Sloughing -(pronounced sluff-ing)

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Happy workers

Sloughing

More sloughing

Finished section

Finished section

Happy Birthday C.M. Heard, a hero of wilderness!

Happy Birthday C.M. Heard, a hero of wilderness!

Day hiking

Day hiking

We day hiked into the middle fork of Limekiln Creek Sunday, part of the Cone Peak RNA (Reserve Natural Area); students were curious to learn the local flora, glimpse some fauna, and explore the extraordinary area.
Lunch-time

Lunch-time

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Wild Edge

Kirk Creek Trail

Kirk Creek Trail, hiking out.

We thank Cal Poly Escapes and the WWOOFers for a great weekend of work and exploration!  Thanks also to our fearless Trail Crew leader C.M. Heard.          

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