Project Leader: Christy Dunbar 208.631.7339 firstname.lastname@example.org  Project Dates: June 3 - August 15
Hitch 5 
Hitch 5: August 3, 2010 – August 11, 2010
Spot beacon and vehicle checks: Hannah
Total trail maintained: 33,800 feet
Total trail reestablished: 12,380 feet
Drainage structures: 16
For the final hitch, the crew returned back to the Carson River/High Trail Trailhead to work on the High Trail. We had a busy first couple days with our agency contact, Jeff Weise, coming out with a videographer to do a report on ARRA funding. On the same day was a visit from our SCA Trail Corps manager, Chris Sparks. Working from the same trailhead where we had started in the beginning of the season made for a great close to the trail work. The High Trail had projects that utilized all of the crew’s skills from the summer: we were able to complete six and a half miles of necessary tread, drainage, logging, and brushing.
In the crew’s final three days back at the Wheeler Guard Station before finishing the season on August 15, we took care of tool and gear maintenance, organized Americorps documentation for the crew’s education awards, and handled the rest of the end-of-season logistics. After such a great summer forming such a strong team bond together in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and the Wheeler Guard Station outside Bridgeport, it was bittersweet to leave when the time came.
Hitch 4 
Hitch 4: July 20, 2010 – July 28, 2010
Long Valley Trail, Coyote Connector, Murray Canyon
Spot beacon and vehicle checks: Sara
Total trail maintained: 26,000 feet
Total trail reestablished: 7,300 feet
Drainage structures: 6
Trees bucked: 31
The crew returned to Long Valley for hitch four, based out of a beautiful camp along the river and working on restoring a connector trail between Long Valley and Coyote Valley. The trail had disappeared in many areas which made for a good challenge to the crew. We did a significant amount of brushing, tread work, and logging that was concentrated in roughly a mile of trail. The last section of trail had been almost completely swallowed up by the meadow it ran through and the crew spent the final day in Coyote Valley removing sagebrush and opening the trail for users. Work on the connector trail was some of the most rewarding work of the season. The crew made huge improvements to the trail which was previously almost unusable due to the extreme difficulty of finding and following the trail.
After finishing the connector trail the crew moved to the Upper Gardner Meadow Trailhead to work on Murray Canyon. Similar to Long Valley, we saw a fair amount of foot traffic in Murray Canyon. We worked on 4 miles of the Murray Canyon Trail, accomplishing a large amount of work in our short time there, despite losing time during the day to the six-mile round trip hike to and from work and periodic thunderstorms.
Hitch 3 
Hitch 3: July 6, 2010 – July 15, 2010
Poison Flat Trail
Spot beacon and vehicle checks: Aaron
Total trail maintained: 15,600 feet
Total trail reestablished: 5,460 feet
Drainage structures: 10
Check steps: 12
Hitch 3, halfway through our season, had the trail crew doing an entirely different variety of work. Our main projects focused on water bars and check steps in the Poison Flat Trail instead of our usual bucking of downed trees. We restored and cleaned out 23 water bars, set 12 check steps, installed 4 new water bars, and dug drainage ditches in addition to our usual brushing and tread projects. Weather was a challenge this hitch, with afternoon thunderstorms occasionally cutting our work hours short.
A great moment from this hitch was the entire group of 6 working together to move a huge rock into a tricky placement position. For a crew to synchronize 6 tools working on one rock to simultaneously push, counter balance, hold, and nudge it into place is an impressive feat. With the season halfway finished the crew was looking strong and determined. Members continued to display an impressive work ethic and dedication to the work at hand.
The wildflowers seen while hiking through the Corral Valley trailhead appeared to be getting brighter and richer in color as the season progressed. Some crew favorites from the Carson-Iceberg were bright yellow mule's ears with large velvet leaves, pink and red indian paintbrush, alien-like mycotrophic snow plant, which derives its nutrients from fungi under the soil, and fragrant horsemint, a plant that could commonly be found underneath the downed trees we were working on.
Hitch 2 
Hitch 2: June 22, 2010 – June 30, 2010
Snodgrass Trail, Silver King Trail, Poison Flat Connector
SPOT beacon and vehicle checks: Darien
Trees bucked: 63
Total trail maintained: 49,400 feet
Total trail reestablished: 15875 feet
Drainage structure: 1
Hitch two began at the Snodgrass Trailhead. Projects for the first three days focused on opening up a corridor of space around the trail that would meet wilderness trail requirements and allow for stock travel. The five miles of trail on Snodgrass and Silver King hadn’t seen a work crew for many years and kept us very busy with large amounts of brushing. Many tread projects were focused on repairing damage and destroying side trails caused by sheep that were herded through the area. Silver King presented the crew with quite a few bucking challenges also, including a complex rat’s nest of downed trees, projects that the crew willingly took on as a strong interest in crosscut and axe work grew.
After moving from Snodgrass and Silver King the crew began work on a two and a half mile long section of extremely blocked trail that connects Silver King to Poison Flat. The crew bucked 43 trees on the Poison Flat Connector, as well as brushing the entirety of the trail and removing large quantities of debris. On the final day of the hitch the crew worked out of Long Valley, scouting the Coyote Connector for Hitch 5 and working on brushing and logging projects on the Long Valley trail. After spending the first week of the hitch with the wilderness to ourselves, we were surprised to see such a significant amount of foot traffic in Long Valley.
On our hike back out to the Snodgrass Trailhead the crew met up with a man who runs a nearby pack station. He had a lot of interest in which projects we were scheduled to work for the summer and was pleased to hear we had cleared all the way to the Silver King trail as he had never been able to take stock out there before.
Hitch 1 
Hitch 1: June 9, 2010 – June 16, 2010
Carson River Trail, Gray’s Crossing, High Trail
Spot beacon and vehicle checks: Brian
Trees bucked: 6
Total trail maintained: 23,760 feet
Total trail reestablished: 8,855 feet
After two weeks of training in Washington, the Carson-Iceberg trail crew headed down to Bridgeport, California to begin the season. Housing for the summer was the Wheeler Guard Station located on Highway 395 just outside of town. The crew had two days to get settled, unpack, pack, prepare food for the hitch, and meet Jeff Weise, Wilderness Manager for the Bridgeport Ranger District, and Lucas Somers, a Forest Service employee who would be working on scouting projects and documentation for the season.
Crew members were each assigned a task to be in charge of for the season. The five jobs were a hitch leader, food, documentation, tools, and spot and vehicle checks. The person in charge of food planning organized food for the nine days in the backcountry. Documentation entailed keeping track of the amount and type of work that had been done each day as well as writing down the number of people we saw and animal encounters. The person in charge of tools made sure that all tools were propery maintained prior to the hitch as well as keeping tabs on their whereabouts throughout the week and a half. The member assigned to the SPOT beacon and vehicle checks was responsible for signalling that the crew was safe and sound each night with a satellite transmitter and in charge of the necessary vehicle checks in our work truck. The hitch leader made sure that all timing and logistics worked throughout the hitch.
The season began at the Carson River Trailhead with a backcountry hitch. The first three days consisted mainly of brushing and tread projects: resetting bench cuts, widening the trail, and removing false berms. Throughout the duration of the hitch, the crew worked the 4.5 miles of the Carson River Trail, as well as the connector trail to Gray’s Crossing, taking care of logging projects, brushing, restoration of damaged areas, preventing users from cutting switchbacks, and tread and drainage. Work time was cut short by long hikes to and from work projects during the day, but large amounts of progress were made. On the final day of the hitch, the crew moved up to the High Trail to buck a large downed Jeffrey Pine.
Over the nine day hitch we saw only a handful of people, but a group of four recreational horseback riders gave feedback that the trail had been opened up nicely and was excellent for riding after the logging out, tread widening and brushing we had done. An exciting moment in the hitch was seeing a beautiful black bear with golden fur, the first of many to come over the season.
Christy Dunbar bio 
I graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During college I worked at an outdoor gear shop, the campus climbing wall, and at a high and low ropes course. After two years at the ropes course I became the trainer for new hires and current employees looking to renew their high ropes certification. Working with my university’s outdoor organization, I discovered a passion for leading groups in the backcountry. After some time with Cal Poly’s outdoor program, including two 8-day trips to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, I interned with Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit that collaborates with youth organizations to lead inner city teens on backpacking trips.
In 2009, I worked as a crew leader for the Los Padres center of the California Conservation Corps, on a special program designed to give work experience to 15-21 year olds. Three weeks ago I returned from a wonderful five-month trip around New Zealand. I enjoyed hiking and backpacking and climbing there, but am VERY excited to return to the Sierras of Northern California. Our season together will be my first with the SCA Trail Corps.
I believe that the most effective crew leader is one who encourages growth in the skills and personal development of crew members, manages difficulties in a calm and reasonable way, and promotes an emotionally and physically safe working environment. I am easygoing and relaxed about many things, but take respect of coworkers and the prevention of accidents very seriously. I think it is important, especially in a backcountry crew, to allow group members to make decisions whenever possible, and to give individuals a chance to act as a leader. My goal for this summer is to encourage everyone to fine-tune previously acquired skills, learn new ones, and teach others to the group. I am looking forward to the incredible bond that backcountry teams form, and all the laughter and fun that goes along with it.
Other than the obvious (backpacking, hiking, sleeping outdoors, swimming in alpine lakes), my personal interests include riding my bike, baking, reading, struggling through crossword puzzles, and mass amounts of card games. Earnest Shackleton is my current hero.
Brian Brakebill 
My name is Brian Brakebill and I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I am currently attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins and am working on a degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism with a focus in Natural Resource Tourism. I transferred to Colorado State in 2008 after completing my first two years of college in East Tennessee. Some of my favorite hobbies include skiing, hiking, music, movies, ultimate frisbee, and watching just about any sport. I do my best to be outside as much as possible. Growing up I was very active in Boy Scouts, completing my Eagle Scout rank and participating in a wide range of outdoor activities. In the summer of 2007 I participated in a NOLS course where I was able to backpack around Northern Washington for almost month before having the first of my 2 knee surgeries that year. After my surgeries I was able to make my way out to Colorado where I picked 2 new loves in life: skiing and ultimate frisbee. My one major goal in life is to become a park ranger in Smokey Mountain National Park where I first learned to enjoy all the things the outdoors has to offer.
Aaron Sanford 
Aaron Sanford was born and raised in Chadron, Nebraska in 1987. He attended University of Wyoming before transferring to University of Nebraska, Kearney to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Management. In 2007 he worked for the Wyoming Conservation Corps building and maintaining trails. During the rafting season in 2008 and 2009 he worked for Buffalo Joe’s Whitewater Rafting as a river guide. It is rumored that at 6’7” he is the tallest guide on the Arkansas River. His experience as a raft guide only increased a strong dislike for cold water, especially in the snowmelt of the Arkansas, so for the summer of 2010 Aaron chose to focus on developing his trail skills with the SCA’s Carson-Iceberg trail crew based out of Bridgeport, CA. The crew’s extensive work bucking downed trees will provide ample time to achieve a life goal of mastering the cross cut saw. Some of Aaron’s goals involving the backcountry life are overcoming his fear of quinoa, which is a high-protein grain commonly eaten with trail crew meals, finding a tent that he doesn’t have to sleep diagonally in, and figuring out how to get his hands on In-N-Out four-patty cheeseburgers as often as possible before and during hitches. After this summer’s trail program, Aaron will be finishing his final semester of college in the fall and moving to Alaska in January.
Hannah Anderson 
My name is Hannah Anderson. I’m 19 years old and was born and raised in Southern NH. I’m a dedicated competitive swimmer and an avid outdoor enthusiast who always enjoys a good spur of the moment adventure. I can often be found on the trail with my two faithful sidekicks, Jojo, my golden retriever, and Max, my rottie chow mix. I first became involved with the SCA in 2006 when I did a high school in Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. Since then I have worked with multiple outdoor organizations, building and maintaining many hiking trails.
I graduated high school in 2009 and decided to take the year off with no real plans of what I intended to do. After spending the summer working in VT, I ended up in Florida on another SCA crew, battling nature and building a boardwalk in a swamp. In the fall I plan on attending community college before transferring into a four year college to major in outdoor leadership.
Sara Baker 
Hi all, my name is Sara Baker. I am from Wisconsin and currently am finishing my super senior year at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in Recreation Management and Spanish. I have been doing backcountry trips since I was 12 years old and begged my parents to send me to summer camp. Since then I have experienced nature in some incredible areas and through different forms of outdoor adventure. I absolutely love traveling and have spent time in Alaska, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. I am hoping to return to South America when I graduate to further my Spanish fluency and return the vibrant culture of Latin America. I love being as active as possible. I enjoy running and practicing yoga. I also am very involved on my campus and in the community. I recently spent the year heading the UW-L Progressives and the Diversity Organization Coalition. In the words of Gandhi I want to be the change I wish to see in the world. I am looking forward to spending my summer giving back to something that has been such an affluent part of my life and experiencing as much as possible.
Sky Martin 
Hometown: Los Gatos, California
College: Pitzer in Claremont, California
I grew up in the town of Los Gatos. There, went to elementary school and discovered soccer as a kindergartener. I also enjoyed occasional week long vacations taken off school for camping or white water rafting trips with my family. The high school I ended up attending was in Palo Alto. There, I sang in musicals and played on the soccer team. I decided to take a gap year, after four years at a very college-driven high school, and completed a NOLS semester in the Rockies complete with sections on mountaineering, kayaking and canoeing, canyoneering and snow camping. I then got an internship organic gardening on a ranch in the beautiful Orleans in Humboldt, CA, milking goats, and growing my own food. I’ve just completed my first year at Pitzer College and am excited to get back to the back country.
Soccer, ultimate, painting, gardening, pottery, backpacking, kayaking, unicycling, and poetry
town: Santa Cruz
food: apples and peanut butter (I eat peanut butter with almost anything!)
The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is a spectacular area of California's Sierras. The wilderness area contains land on both sides of the Sierra Nevada Crest, and as a result has a variety of land characteristics due to elevation and precipitation levels. The trail crew will be working mainly on the eastern side of the Carson-Iceberg doing trail maintenance. Home base during days off will be the Wheeler Guard station located outside of Bridgeport, CA.