Big South Fork River AFB Sign Ups

Join the GT Trailblazers this Fall Break for an adventure to Big South Fork National River in Tennessee. Along with engaging in valuable environmental service with park rangers, we will be going on a horseback riding excursion, will be kayaking down the river, and will explore some of the trails in the park to experience all that the park has to offer. Make your Fall Break this year a true adventure while giving back to our beautiful surroundings. The cost of the trip will be $115 which includes all recreation, food, transportation, a trip t-shirt, group gear, etc. plus a fee of $25 to become a Trailblazers member. We look forward to joining with you this Fall Break! For more information or if you have any questions, please email Breanna Poteet at bpoteet@gatech.edu.

Sign-ups are now closed for this trip.

*No refunds can be issued for this trip.

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Caesar’s Head Fall Break Sign Ups

Spend your Fall Break with GT Trailblazers at Caesar’s Head State park in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian mountains. We will spend a day and a half hiking throughout the state park. Destinations include a spectacular 400ft waterfall and several scenic overlooks from the peak of Caesar’s Head. Furthermore, we will spend a day volunteering with the park and return to Tech around lunchtime Tuesday, Oct. 14th. Please join us and make your Fall Break an adventure!

The cost of this trip including all transportation, food, gear, recreation, and a trip t-shirt, etc. is $31 and a $25 membership fee for joining Trailblazers. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Graham McAllister at gmcallister@gatech.edu.




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Little River Canyon AFB Sign Ups

Spend your Fall Break with the GT Trailblazers at Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama. We will spend half of the trip visiting the spectacular waterfall in the park, swimming in pristine blue swimming holes around the falls, enjoying some of the scenic hikes around the park, and will also spend part of a day kayaking in the flatwater above the falls in DeSoto State Park. The rest of the trip will be spent helping the park service with trail maintenance projects. Join us and make your Fall Break an adventure!

The cost of this trip including all transportation, food, gear, recreation, and a trip t-shirt, etc. is $52 and a $25 membership fee for joining Trailblazers. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kyle Randall at krandall7@gatech.edu.

SING UPS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP

*No refunds can be given for this trip.

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Fort Yargo Sign-up

On September 27th, Saturday, we will be helping Fort Yargo state park to pick trash from the trails. We will be working from around 10:30am to 4pm, and after that we will be doing recreational activities, which include pedaling and mountain biking. We will probably divide people into two groups, if people want to do the different recreational activities. We will be camping there for Saturday night and come back to school on Sunday morning. The total cost will be $30 per person, and it includes cost for three meals, gas, campsites, and recreational activities.

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Etowah Indian Mounds Sign-up

Join the Trailblazers for a second recreational outing of the semester to the Etowah Indian Mounds! We will visit the museum along with 6 gigantic earthen mounds(!) and then hike the nature trail. We will round the event out with a picnic lunch before heading back to Tech. Hope to see you all there!

Date: Saturday, September 20th
Time: 8:45 – 2:00
Cost: $12

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Helen Tubing Trip Sign-Up

Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out on the river! Come tubing with Georgia Tech Trailblazers. Get to know awesome people while floating down the Chattahoochee River through the classic German style town of Helen. Lunch will be provided.

Date: Semptember 6th
Time: 8am to 3pm
Cost: $14

Note: You must know how to swim.

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Save Georgia’s Hemlocks

The last weekend of September 2013, a group of 21 ambitious Trailblazers set off for the Chattahoochee National Forrest in Northern Georgia to join in the fight to Save Georgia’s Hemlocks. We camped overnight at Mulky Creek Campground, where the s’mores and bannock bread-cooked-on-sticks ran freely. We took a sojourn to a clearing close to our campsite to enjoy the starry, moonless, and clear night sky. The Milky Way was clearly visible and the power of modern laser technology allowed for a spot of astronomical education and pro stargazing.

After a restful (albeit chilly) night, we broke camp and joined a group of 30 or so volunteers and crew leaders to begin our project with Save Georgia’s Hemlocks. We split into groups of 4 under the guidance of crew leaders to treat assigned Hemlock trees with a chemical that is safe for the plant but toxic to the invasive Hemlock Wooly Adelgid bug that feeds on the sap of Hemlock trees and has no natural predators in the Eastern United States. We used soil injectors (read: massive hypodermic needles designed to deliver chemicals through soil “Hypoteric Needles”) to disperse this environmentally harmless chemical throughout the soil around the base of Hemlock trees. This chemical is taken up by the tree’s root system and effectively “vaccinates it” against the Wooly Adelgid. Throughout this process, the Hemlock trees were measured for growth to determine proper dosage and track health, and replacement of the identifying dog tags on each treated tree was carried out as needed. Over 200 trees were treated by the Trailblazers alone. These trees will survive any onslaught of Wooly Adelgid, and preserve the Hemlock genome so it can repopulate once the invasive critter has died out.

After hugging trees and giving Mother Nature her needed shots, we traipsed to Sea Creek waterfall. Here we had lunch and heard from many great outdoor service organizations including the Benton MacAye Trail Association, Go Outdoors! USA, the Mountain Stewards, and the executive leadership of Save Georgia’s Hemlocks about conservation efforts being undertaken in Northern Georgia. We were able to present the basic philosophy and operating principles of Trailblazers, and all gathered there were thoroughly impressed at what a group of determined young people could achieved. After the educational session, we tarried around the waterfall to chill out and take a few pictures to remember the time by. We then headed for home, satisfied that we’d left the lasting, characteristic Trailblazers mark of service on the Hemlocks of the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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Shoot the Hooch

Our first trip, more of a social outing, was a success! The sunny beautiful weather was soaked up while laying back in our tubes. The water was a little chillier, but spirits were high. The traditional football was tossed around, which helped in getting to know names and connecting the whole group that drifted apart from time to time. Some members were a little less balanced than others and ended up taking miniature swims mid float; others twirled around with childlike fascination . The casual slow pace floating down the river allowed new comers and Trailblazer executive board to become acquainted and was just an overall relaxing Saturday morning away from school stresses. Post float, while waiting for the shuttle to arrive, an intense game of monkey in the middle football ensued. We decided to go to a near by park that we originally were dropped off at the start of tubing. A feast of kings occurred while making announcements for future events and explaining the basis for the club. Ultimate was peoples’ choice as a post-lunch game. One team was more loaded than the other, but all in all the game was sportsman like. The beautiful day with cheerful faces was wrapped up with pictures along the loading ramp. With a great turnout and fascinating new members, the trip seemed to make a great first impression for a successful year with heightened interest and participation.

 

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