If you are a veteran trail builder or no stranger to working on a remote location; skip to the bottom.
If you would like some advice or ideas of what can be good things to keep in mind; read on...
*the temps and humidity are going to be up there tomorrow.
*areas we will be working in have been cleared enough to allow you to wear short sleeves if you like.
*however, long sleeves are always a good idea. Here's what works for me: relaxed fit base layer undershirt made of non-cotton or a blend, a button-up cotton/polyester blend (old dress shirts from Goodwill are perfect! You can even have a little fun with loud or retro patterns). Yes, cotton breaths better, but polyester or blends DRY quicker and don't hold the sweat as much. I sweat a ton and cotton shirts get HEAVY and saggy when I am working hard.
*work gloves are essential. I even wrap a large Band-Aid or a strip of old cut cloth around the base of my thumbs and then loosely wrap a strip of duct tape over it to fit inside my gloves. This helps prevent blistering in that area when doing a lot of Mcleod or Rough Hoe work.
*WATER! WATER! Did I say WATER?!
I FILL my CamelBak w/ water. If I don't use all of it; at least I have it if I needed it. I don't necessarily have it on my back the whole time (b/c it makes my back hot when working), but I keep it w/in a stone's throw and move it along with me after I get so many feet ahead of it. If you don't have a "CamelBak" or some bladder type of pack, that's okay; use whatever you have. Big coolers or even a gallon of water work. I even fill my CamelBak bladder w/ ICE b4 adding water on super warm days. Cold water can help keep you cooler, but warm water is better than no water.
*hiking boots or work boots. Sneakers work fine, but something around the ankle coupled w/ pants helps keep debris out of your footwear.
*ball cap, bandanas, straw hats, cowboy hats or even sombreros help protect against ticks and may help keep the sweat out of your eyes.
*Snack. I carry a pack or toaster pastries (most of u say, Pop Tarts) and/or granola bars in my pack in case I feel my tank is getting a little low.
*Sunscreen. This is a good idea for those that may burn easily. You would be surprise how much sun hits your neck in the woods.
*bug spray is not a bad idea sometimes. Word on the streets is that there may be some in the trailer when we get there, but I can't confirm that for sure.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
*a smile and a good attitude
. It doesn't matter if you only get 10 feet or 1,000 feet of trail put-in; have fun doing it
Talk to people within earshot while you are working. Conversation takes your mind off "working". Listen to some music if you like!
*Oh, maybe one more necessity: Earplugs; just in case you get someone playing their music to loud or someone trying to talk to you (like Farmboy or Ken).
I hope this helped some of you.
To the vets; you think you know EVERYTHING don't ya