It is always exciting to get back on to the trails at the start of each season and see how our trail work looks after the winter. These early surveys help with planning for the season as we can prioritise damaged areas and also review the techniques that were used and see what has worked best.
Although the winter has had some impact on the network as it always does, the first trails and old worksites that we visited are looking quite good. There is still plenty of maintenance work for us to do however and we look forward to the arrival of our first volunteers and getting started on the practical tasks in about two weeks time.
Steps on the west of Valahnúkur, where maintenance work was focused last season.
One of the viewpoint benches added last summer.
Timber ‘ladder’ steps added on an area of slippery bedrock last summer (just waiting for additional landscaping at the edges).
Since our arrival in Thórsmörk about a week ago, preparations at Langidalur have been going well and the volunteer camp is now ready for the summer. As well as improvements to the facilities there, our main task has been preparing equipment and supplies for the groups.
As most of the snow has now gone from the area, we have begun checking the trails for damage, lookin at new projects and putting together a work plan for the season. As always, there is plenty to do and in the first weeks we will focus on maintenance and improvements to trail marking and signs.
We very much look forward to the arrival of our first volunteers on May 13th and the summer adventures ahead.
Enjoying the first day of summer and preparing the Langidalur volunteer camp… in between the snow showers.
We have taken a few minutes break from reading applications to post a quick reminder…
The deadline for applications for our 2016 team is now only 2 weeks away with the closing date on January 31st. If you would like to join us this summer, please get in touch.
Full details and application forms can be found here… https://trailteam.is/opportunities/
As the first snow arrives in Thórsmörk, our season comes to an end. Just a few more days now until packing and closing are completed. Sadly, it is finally time for us to hang up our orange waterproofs and head home…
News about our 2016 programme will be published here on December 19th.