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October 23, 2009

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Oct. 12 – Nov. 21 Dec. 14 – Jan. 1


Upcoming Hikes | Hike Reports |Maintenance Schedule

Happenings in the next two weeks Visit Antartica at Diamond Brand
Other News Sherman Stambaugh wins an award
Conservation Southern Environmental Law Center
Heard on the Ground Barnett Branch Boardwalk fixed
Heard on the Trail Ted Connors names outstanding tutor of the year
The Small Print Deadlines, change of addresses and other details

From your editor

I'm off in the woods for a few days, so enjoy your early eNews. See you at the CMC dinner. Danny

What's Happening In the Next Two Weeks

Book Launch of new MST Book

Walt Weber has completed the sequel to the Profiles book of the MST, titled Trail Profiles and Maps from the Great Smokies to Mount Mitchell and Beyond. This new book is in color and has Topo maps. The book will be released at our annual meeting on October 24.

The book, signed by Walt himself, will be sold that night for $10 - cash or check.

If you want a signed copy, these will be a good opportunity to get one. All proceeds go to CMC. Les Love

The Future of North Carolina's State Parks

The Systemwide Plan for North Carolina State Parks is available for public review and input. 

This plan is required by the 1987 State Parks Act.  The plan outlines the activities and achievements of the state parks system from 2000 through 2008, and lays out key strategic directions for the state parks system over the next few years.



The document will be available for public review until October 31, 2009.  We welcome all comments about the plan itself or about the state parks system in general.  Please feel free to share this email. Please use the link on the website to submit your comments. The document may be downloaded from:

Antartic Trip Presented at Diamond Brand, Tuesday Oct. 27 (7 P.M.)

Come share John and Joan Dickson's three-week expedition to the Antarctic, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands in early 2009. John was a CMC president in the late 1980s. The pictures are awesome and the narration is very well done.

You will sense the remoteness, the fierce winds, the amazing ice, the magnificent animals and the astounding beauty. For more information, contact Gary at

Other News

Sherman Stambaugh Wins an Award

This year, Wild South gave an Outstanding Volunteer in Conservation award to Sherman Stambaugh.

Read the details of Sherman's award.




Meet the Southern Environmental Law Center!

Last summer eNews readers were introduced to about a dozen conservation and environmental organizations with which the CMC Conservation Committee works when it's studying and acting on issues on the Club's behalf. We'lll bring you fuller reports from the organizations themselves about their goals and projects, with special emphasis on aspects that impact hiking in WNC. Read on to learn what the Southern Environmental Law Center is doing to protect our air, water, and mountain lands. Marianne Newman

Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed in Spring, 2010

Great Smoky Mountains National Park managers have announced plans to rehabilitate the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road in the spring of 2010.

Due to the limitations on work processes posed by the narrow, single lane historic road, the Park plans to close the road to all use from March 1 through May 21, 2010. The work is weather sensitive so the actual closing period could be influenced by the amount of rainfall.

This will affect the trails off the Cades Cove road, so plan ahead.

Heard on the Ground

Barnett Branch Boardwalk



The Pisgah Friday crew completed the repairs to the boardwalk this past Friday.

All is well again.

Bill Newton


Adopt a Section of the A.T.


Adopt a Section of the MST

Old Bald Access to Richland Balsam Access, 4.4 miles, section maintainer needs an assistant Richland Gap Access to Richland Balsam Access (3 Trees) 1.2 miles
Balsam Gap Overlook to Rainbow Gap 2.4 miles

If you're interested in either the A.T. or MST, email Don Walton.

Maintenance Reports created by Don Walton

Closed maintenance items.
Maintenance Hours Reporting System
Event summary
Executive summary

Heard on the Trail

Ted Connors Wins an Award

At the Annual Meeting of the Blue Ridge Literacy Council on 9/28, the G'Anne Sparks award for Outstanding Tutor was presented to Ted Connors. Congratulations, Ted!

The Small Print

The eNews comes out on Fridays. So ... The next issue will come out on Friday, November 6. Wednesday hike reports for the hike just before the eNews comes out will be published in the next eNews.

Hiker leaders, please send all your eNews hike reports and photos to Dave Wetmore at

So send me your news and maintenance reports by Tuesday evening at 9 P.M. before the newsletter comes out, that is, by Tuesday evening November 3, 2009 to Danny Bernstein at Include your email address at the end of your story. Thank you.

       The CMC Calendar is meant to answer the perennial question "When is this happening again?" It is also meant to prevent conflicts between competing CMC events. Please check it often.

How to join the Carolina Mountain Club
1. Go to
2. Click on “How to Join” (upper-left on web page)
3. Print out the “CMC Application Form”
4. Fill it Out, write a check for your dues and ...5. Mail to CMC, PO Box 68, Asheville NC 28802

        For CMC members only - Send all address and email changes to Marcia Bromberg at Do not resubscribe yourself to the eNews. That will be done automatically.

If you are a non-member subscriber, you need to go back to the
CMC home page > News >Subscribe and change it there yourself.


Danny Bernstein