Rausch Gap Shelter

Rausch Gap Appalachian Trail Shelter Rebuild Project 2011-2012

This exciting project will leave a legacy of comforting shelter for AT hikers for many decades to come!

The Appalachian Trail shelters provide hikers refuge from the elements. The BMECC maintains 7 shelters, and some require serious maintenance at times. The Rausch Gap Shelter was built in 1973 within State Game Lands Tract #211. It also includes a privy built in 2005. The shelter was scheduled for a roof replacement this year but, upon starting the work, it was discovered that too many of the logs had rotted and needed to be replaced. As a result, a total rebuild project was undertaken. The work was done entirely by volunteers at the BMECC Rentschler Arboretum for ease of accessibility and, when completed, the shelter was disassembled, transported to its state game lands site, and re-assembled.

This project was a rare opportunity to witness, learn, and participate in woodsmanship and craftsmanship from our pioneering past (with some "modern" assistance!). We had BMECC members and non-members alike (see below) volunteer their help at various times throughout the project and it is likely that anyone who helped in any capacity will remember their time on the project with great satisfaction and pride!

Thanks to our amazing volunteers!

We greatly appreciate each and every person and organization who volunteered their time, effort, and skill to the Rausch Gap Shelter project. Without you, this piece of American history could not have been built:


  • Dave Bailey

  • Mark Bailey

  • Ryan Beltz

  • Sarah Besterman

  • Troy Brendle

  • Dennis Burkhart

  • Mick Charowsky

  • Dave Crosby

  • Kevin Dealy

  • Linda Enders

  • Rita Floriani

  • Tammy Fuller

  • Todd Gladfelter

  • Alfie Glase, Jr.

  • Tyler W. Gray

  • Carol Green

  • Phil Green

  • John Grundowski

  • Martyann Gutierrez

  • Marie Helmold

  • Michelle Hnath

  • Sean Hnath

  • Steve Hnath

  • Glenn Hoskins

  • Martha Kaufman

  • Larry Kramer

  • John Leber

  • Kieu Manes

  • Mike Manes

  • Ed McLaughlin

  • Miles Newman

  • Dillon O'Shell

  • Jim O'Shell

  • (Boy Scouts of America,

  • Troop 65,

  • Hershey, PA)

  • Jim Peifley

  • Kathy Peifley

  • Dory Peterson

  • Bob Phyel

  • Janice Reich

  • Diane Reider

  • Dennis Reis

  • Dave Reitz

  • Fred Roxberry

  • Catherine Shade

  • Jude Shabrach

  • George Shollenberger

  • Kim Schultz

  • Luke Schultz

  • Don Stripling

  • Brian Swisher

  • Lou Velez

Alpha Phi Omega (National Service Fraternity),
Mu Eta Chapter, Albright College

  • Morgan Jones

  • Maria Levandowski

  • Dan McGurl

  • Jenny Reinhart

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)

  • Wayne Bailey (ATC Ridgerunner)

  • Bob Sickley

Boy Scouts of America
Troop 422, Bernville, PA

  • Scoutmaster Elwood Kline

  • Assistant Scoutmaster Larry Groff

  • Assistant Scoutmaster Thane LaFollette

  • Assistant Scoutmaster Dusty Risser

  • Austin Beard

  • Jacob Carles

  • Kyle Deitrich

  • Jacob D. Hare

  • Alex Kellenberger

  • James LaFollette

  • Johnathan LaFollette

  • Timothy Groff

  • Derek Lorah

  • Andrew Risser

  • Josh Risser

  • Zach Risser

  • Chris Rohrbach

Boy Scouts of America
Troop 652, Mahantango Valley, PA

  • Scoutmaster Andy Rothermel

  • Assistant Scoutmaster Carl Schaible

  • Senior Patrol Leader Jared Kehler

  • Josh Masser

  • Colton Schaible

  • Tanner Wolfgang (Troop 662)


  • Gail Brossman

  • Jeff Buehler

  • Dennis Hurley

  • Gary LaBelle

  • Joe Wychock

Other Volunteers

  • Mike Bankes

  • Lucas Csovelak

  • Mark Doman, Jr.

  • Mark Doman, Sr.

  • Craig Fisher

  • David Fisher

  • Lorenzo Fisher

  • Scott Fisher

  • Guy Gresh

  • Matt Hummel

  • Sean Laudenslager

  • Andrew Martin

  • David Martin

  • Mike Mathias

  • Larry "Skip" Nagle and Bella

  • Matthew Pouss

  • Dmitrii Rassokhin

  • Mitchell Reinhart

  • John Reitz

  • Benton Schwartz

  • Dan Schwartz

  • Jacob Shultz

  • Sharon Southall (Lebanon Valley Hiking Club)

  • Larry Sundberg (Pagoda Pacers)

  • Carlos Velez

  • Tom Weaber