I wanted to catch everyone up on some of the details from this recent great event. Lot's of photos and short stories have been posted onto Facebook and Social Media but I wanted to summarize the day and post some photos here as well to enjoy, remember and enlighten. Hopefully you will be able to join us at our next Tread Lightly Awareness Workshop. 

This Awareness Workshop was a 3-hour course that provided around 40 attendees with an totally free introduction to Tread Lightly! and it's principles. The workshop provides attendees with the history of the Tread Lightly organization and how to make individuals more situational aware, the know-how on minimizing your impact while recreating, and the outdoor ethic that will help sustain our trails for generations to come. 

 Club members from the South Carolina based Trick N Traction orchestrated the event from the beginning and SFWDA Sponsored it with a Grant which was awarded to TNT. Scott Fields, and Michael Morrison from the Uwharrie Off Road Training Center led the course. They both are nationally recognized I4WDTA Certified Instructors, and Tread Lightly Master Tread Trainers.  The course was very fun, concise and provide attendees with a breath of information to take back to their own individual clubs and trails to further spread the message. With slides shows and videos on the big screen the crowd was very engaged which led to some great candid responses and discussion amidst the focused curriculum. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event which was concluded on schedule with some raffle prizes from Warn, SFWDA, and Clemson 4WD Center, and more for all those who attended.  

Remember folks, these are our trails. Treat them accordingly or we will loose them. This goes for both public and private trails. No park owner wants trash and hazardous materials strewn through their property no more than the National Forest Service, BLM, or any other agency for that matter. This is why it's so important to practice, share, and never forget the Tread Lightly principles. These simple words mean so much more when you practice them routinely.  

As always stay tuned to our message board and Facebook posts for the lasted events and news. We plan to do this event again in the future and next time it may be closer to you so stay tuned!

Till then; I'll See you on the Trail....


Walter Shafer
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
System Administrator
Trailfest 2016 Coordinator