Phoenix Field School Week Four – Work Skills at Copper Mountain


Our week at Copper Mountain learning all about trail construction got off to a rocky start when, just before we arrived at our campsite, we hit a bump in the road and busted a piece of our 100 gallon water tank and lost a whole week’s worth of water on the road. After a quick visit to Home Depot in Prescott Valley, and the expert fix-it abilities of our workskills instructor Chris, we were back in business.Back at the site, we took a hike on the trail where we learned about the different components of a trail such as the heel, toe, and tread. We will never look at a trail the same way again.Wednesday we woke up bright and early and headed to work – a three mile hike from our campsite to the end of the trail. We picked up where last spring’s Field School crew ended, brushing 415 feet of trail corridor and completing 200 feet of new trail contruction.A highlight of the week included eating refreshing watermelon after a hard day’s work, thanks to Chris for hiking in to the work site!  Another cool moment was an owl sighting in the entrance to an abandoned mine. We looked it up in our bird book and identified it as a common barn owl.After a hard, hot, and dusty week, we headed back to Phoenix to enjoy a well-deserved weekend before heading out on our next adventure.