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.