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The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is a volunteer based, non-profit organization that maintains and preserves 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Maine. Starting in May and working until mid-August, MATC’s Trail Crew works steadily through the summer months to manage and maintain some of the most rugged terrain on the entire AT. With volunteers from all over the world, this year’s trail crew successfully maintained and reconstructed six different sections of the AT from Grafton Notch to Mt. Katahdin. Crews placed hundreds of stepping stones, built elaborate stone stair cases, and rebuilt the trail in the most eroded areas along the AT. Doing so not only allows for a safer environment for hikers, but also allows for a more enjoyable experience. Coming from Missouri, I didn’t know what it would be like to volunteer for a trail crew in Maine, let alone a trail crew in general. I went in with zero experience and a pair of heavy-duty work gloves.  Everything about this experience was new. After my first two weeks on the trail, and after some serious training, my crew and I successfully built a staircase, placed numerous stepping stones, built a stone retaining wall, and...

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