The Nantahala Hiking Club, the Franklin based Appalachian Trail (AT) maintaining club, raised the roof at Rock Gap shelter Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Using two, six-ton jacks and cribbing, five members from the weekly maintenance crew raised the corner of the shelter-attached cooking/eating area 21 inches and replaced the four-inch diameter locust post with a 4in x 6in pressure treated post.
Over several years the locust post had rotted and sunk into the ground.
The rest of the crew worked on clearing the area for a new shelter.
The “Long Branch shelter” will replace the present Big Spring shelter and be located about half way between Albert Mountain and Rock Gap Shelter.
The structural component’s “Timber Frame” was donated by Goshen Timber Frame of Franklin in recognition of Franklin being designated an Appalachian Trail Community.
Additionally, Goshen’s craftsmen will donate their time to erect the timber frame.