Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MRNPA April 30th Work Party

From John Titland:

Here are the details of the Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer trails work party happening on April 30th.

We will meet at the Carbon River entrance to the Park between 8:30 and 9:00 AM.  Our cars will be parked inside the locked gate so drive right up to the gate and someone will open the gate and let you in.  Be ready to head out by 9:00 AM.  The word I get Is: Most likely you will be going up the Boundary Trail.  For those of you that haven't been up the Boundary Trail - expect a good uphill workout just getting to the work site.  Be sure to bring a warm jacket and good raingear.  We have had several cold, wet days when working at Carbon River this early in the season.

If you plan to attend, please reply to this email to indicate that you are coming and to tell me how many volunteers you are bringing with you.

There are safety equipment requirements for all MRNPA trail work volunteers. (These rules apply to all trail workers.)  Anyone using an aggressive tool - like a Pulaski, ax, shovel, etc. - or anyone working near them - is required to wear a hard hat and safety glasses.  People working with or near a less aggressive tools are not required (but will be encouraged) to wear a hard hat.  If you own a hard hat that you can wear, please bring it.  If you do not have a hard hat, we and the NPS have hard hats that we loan for the day.

Wearing safety glasses is encouraged at all times. Not all safety glasses are comfortable for everyone and some will not fit over eye glasses.  Because of cleanliness issues, some people don’t like wearing safety glasses that have been worn by other people.  For these reasons, and probably many others, please purchase (acquire, find, dig-up, whatever) a pair of personal safety glasses that you will wear.  The local hardware store is a good place to start shopping.  A serviceable pair or safety glasses will cost about $10.  And be advised that shatterproof eye glasses do not meet the requirement for safety glasses. Safety glasses all have side protection which eyeglasses do not.

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