An excerpt from John Titland's email with more information about the upcoming work party at Mount Rainier National Park. If you are interested in learning more about the Mount Rainier National Park Associates, please visit their website at mrnpa.org and sign up today!
Here are the details of the Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer trails work party happening on May 21st.
We will meet at the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier between 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. We are scheduled to be working on the Old Mine Trail. Expect a hike of approximately a half mile to reach the work site. Be sure to bring a warm jacket and good raingear.
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.