It's a matter of personal preference, but long sleeves and light pants means less chance of getting poison ivy, bug bites, scratches, or sunburn. Dressing in layers is a good idea as well. Trail work tends to keep you warm in cooler temperatures.
Personel items to bring
Water -- Some folks bring a bottle along while others prefer Camelbak's. You just don't want to get dehydrated
Snack -- Often times there will be snacks provided, but it doesn't hurt to stash an energy bar in your pocket.
Bug repellant -- Early in the year this is less of a problem.
Sunscreen -- Don't get burned!
Eye protection -- Most cycling glasses work well.
Long fingered gloves -- Cheap work gloves are fine or even old cycling gloves. It's just a good idea to give your hands a little extra protection, a little extra grip, and less chance for blisters.
Useful tools to bring
If you have some of these tools, it doesn't hurt to bring them along to the trail work day. Once there, you can ask the trail coordinator which tools would work best for the day's planned activities. On the other hand, if you don't have tools, that's usually not a problem. The MMBA Chapters or parks typically have extras available.
- Leaf rake -- For clear leaves and other duff from new trails.
- Shovel -- Useful for filling low spots or building rolling grade dips/knicks. Round point shovels work best.
- Branch loppers, pruners, tree saw -- For cutting branches
More advanced trail tools, including mcleods and pulaskis are very useful. There's more information on these tool on the IMBA web site.
Can I bring my kids?
There's usually something kids can do and find exciting, but use your judgement. Most times they simply like being in the woods and discovering all sorts of interesting things. Still, it's important they have proper protection and remain away from any potentially hazardous trail work.
Should I bring my bike?
That's not a bad idea, but it depends on the trail conditions. There's nothing more immediately rewarding than riding a newly groomed or constructed trail with the other volunteers.
If you have any suggestions or questions, please post them and we'll add the information.