Jon Underwood has been a professional trail builder since 2006. He specializes in design, layout, and mechanical construction of all types of trails, from singletrack to skate ski trails and ATV trails. Jon's trail building is informed by his passion for all kinds of trail based recreation. Jon's company, Happy Trails, Inc., has constructed many types of trails all over Alaska.
Christine Byl has been a trail builder for 22 years and is the owner/operator of Interior Trails with her husband, Gabe Travis. Based in Alaska, Interior Trails specializes in sustainable trail layout, design, construction, consulting and education. Christine worked on and led trail crews from 1996-2007 in Glacier National Park in NW Montana, Chugach National Forest in Cordova, AK, and Denali National Park in Interior Alaska. She is also a writer whose first book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, is about trail crews, tools, wilderness, and labor. She lives on a few acres of tundra north of Healy, Alaska, and spends as much time as possible traveling in wild places by foot, bike, ski, boat and dog.
Charles Dundas..."Charlie" began building trail, as a volunteer in 1958, while a Boy Scout. His company, Tri-State Company, has been building trail, professionally, since 1987. Tri-State's market niche is remote site construction, often employing helicopter support. In the course of 24 years, they have built, designed, reconstructed or maintained over 500 miles of trail. They are, perhaps, better known as the "bridge people", having built numerous bridges to include: cable suspension, glu-lam, steel, heavy timber, and their specialty, unique curvilinear screw laminated bridges/elevated walkways. Charlie views his company as more than a trail building company, he sees it as engaged in the art of "recreational infrastructure".
ContourLogic’s managing consultant, Scott Gordon, has trail experience spanning 20 years during which he has designed dozens of successful new trails, reroutes and retrofits. He sees trails as both a recreational amenity and a tool to manage visitors and protect cultural and natural resources.
At the age of two, Gerry’s parents started taking him on mountain hikes and fishing trips. In 1972, as a way to put himself through college, Gerry began his professional trail career by bidding on trail maintenance contracts in the rugged North Cascades Mountains. Trail work has been his profession and passion ever since. In his first ten years in business, he had the good fortune of being able to work under several very dedicated seasoned career veterans in trails, learning the rich variety of skills necessary to be successful in this highly competitive industry.
Gerry has an extensive background in planning, designing, estimating and developing trails, bridges and greenways for local, state and federal governments, as well as private developers. He has received national & regional awards for his work and has a widespread reputation for innovative solutions in creating low-impact trails through wilderness and natural areas. In over forty years in the business he has served as project manager for several hundred projects while designing and drafting contracts for more than one hundred of them. He has managed or participated in numerous multidisciplinary project teams. Many of his projects have involved large budgets, challenging schedules, complex and remote structures, or other tricky design and construction issues.
Since 1990, he has taught many training classes and workshop sessions on designing, contract drafting, managing, maintaining and building quality, sustainable trails and systems. From 2004 to 2007, he served as President of the Professional Trailbuilders Association, and he currently sits on the board. When not working, Gerry enjoys spending time with his family outside. He has participated in all forms of trail based recreation and is particularly nuts about skiing, sailing and scuba diving - - or wherever his next outdoor adventure will take him.