MATC caretakers bring down thousands of pounds of trash

 I met Ian last year while camping at the Horns Pond shelter area.  He single-handedly triggered an avalanche of volunteer work which cleaned up an old Fire Warden’s cabin site (of which I played one small part).   Over the years the place had been completely trashed out.

The MATC caretakers at Horns Pond in Maine also perform another critical duty – they compost human waste.   At altitude the temperature is too low and the soil is too thin for normal microbial activity to do it, so they backpack (literally) tons of bark chips up the mountain, mix it into giant tubs of waste, and compost it.   Anything non-biodegradable (soda cans, tampons, etc) they pick out and then pack down to town.

About smokebeard 141 Articles
Smokebeard has hiked the 2652 mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest adventure was a 3 week thruhike of the 273 mile Long Trail in Vermont.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply