Friday night, April 7, John was named Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club Maintainer of Year 2016. This was the introduction:
“His first participation as hiker with our club was Hard Core 2007 while we were digging 3,700 feet of new trail near Cherry Gap. By 2010 he was working with us regularly. The quality of his trail building, whether it is simple sidehill or rock steps, is second to none. By his example he has improved the quality of our trail building ever since.
“And he does not sacrifice quantity for quality. He goes at 100% for him, which is equivalent to about 180% for the rest of us. If there is a big rock to move, he is there. He visualizes the end result and strategizes a plan to accomplish it. At the end of a big day, he literally cannot walk back to the vehicles without resting several times along the way because he used all his energy at the work site.
He has made the AT a much better place as well as making us other maintainers better. But he really does not like to cut weeds!”