Sunday, May 5, 2013

You Can Learn to Build Trails!

Back in 2005 your Singletrack Advocates Steering Committee learned to build sustainable trails in training sessions sponsored by Alaska Trails. Here’s your opportunity to learn the art of trail building! Thanks to Steve Cleary for letting us know about this class:

Alaska Trails Upcoming Trainings

Mike Shields will teach a two-day course in Anchorage. Mike is a retired National Park Service Chief of Maintenance with exceptional trail experience in seven western parks - including Denali - and has been teaching this class and others since 1972.

Trail Design and Layout – Monday, May 20th and Tuesday May 21st at the BP Energy Center
This course will incorporate the Advanced Turns Module as well.

These interactive advanced modules are a continuing education lesson for natural resource professionals and technicians who have been through Alaska Trails' Introduction to Sustainable Trails 101 training*.  These advanced classes are designed to acquaint the trainee with a rational process for establishing the design standards for any given trail, the best approach to routing and laying out the trail on the ground, and the risks associated with deviating from that approach. Emphasis is given to "reading the ground" to assess its suitability for any particular type of trail or use. Half of the day will be in class and half in the field.  Please come dressed to spend part of each day in the field.

2-day Course fee: Non-Profit - $250, Agency/Government - $370, For-Profit - $500
(Minimum 8 participants)

*If necessary, for students of the above class, a separate Introduction to Sustainable Trails 101 course can be given the Friday or Sunday evening prior to the above advanced courses depending on student availability.  There is a separate $50 fee for this class. 

To register for a course, schedule a training course or to obtain more information, please contact ALASKA TRAILS at 907-334-8049 or
For more information on the courses, visit the Alaska Trails website.