More from Day 1

See above for more pictures from the trailhead and on the trail, and read below for Sally Friedman’s account of part of the hike on Day 1: It was a hot day and everyone was ready and excited to go.  TV person interviewed Dave and Karen on the trail, so that slowed them down a…

Day 1: And they’re off!

Read below for a recap of the Pass to Pass kickoff this morning from hiker Ken Kisch: Hikers started to arrive at Stevens Pass shortly after 7 am, where we met our packer Scott with the horses and mules ready to load up. We separated the food, day packs, full packs and community gear into…

‘Twas the Night Before P2P…

Clockwise from top left: Frank Hagan preps food to be packed Cathy Mayhew’s gear, ready to go Alison Kilroy’s bags (and cats) Gary Jarnes packing, sorting, repacking, resorting… Ken Kisch carbo-loading for the big day tomorrow Jo Ann Fjellman’s all set — one pack for the mules and one for her Bill Meyer loads up…

Blow Downs on the PCT and Changes to the Hike Team

  BLOW DOWNS – latest news is the south and north portions of our trail are now clear. This year’s blow downs are 4-5 times above average from windstorms. One large blow down is being blown up with dynamite. As a result, there is a section of trail (approximately 13 miles) that is impassable for…

Ken Kisch gets Geared Up

I am sure the scene above is similar to what you would see in the homes of all the team members as they prepare for adventure that starts this Saturday the 20th of August. To do List Purchase mole skin for blisters. Tape up tripod legs so they don’t fall off. Buy new shoe laces….

Pass to Pass by the Numbers

Here are some interesting statistics on our upcoming trip. Starting Point: Stevens Pass End Point: Snoqualmie Pass Total Miles: 72 miles Total Days out: 9 days (one rest day) Average miles per day: 9 miles Total Elevation Gain: +18,068 feet Total Elevation Loss: -19,128 feet Longest Day: Day 5, 13 miles from Waptus River to…

King 5 visits Pass to Pass Team at Training Hike

Jo Ann Fjellman – July 22, 2016 It is not every day that a group of dedicated folks drive from different parts of Washington State to gather at a trail head to be video-taped by a local TV station, King 5 news (view the news clip here). Exciting stuff and as much as we all…

Geotrashing

Bill Meyer, hike team member living large with Parkinson’s, had this to say about living large with Geotrashing. From a young age as a  Boy Scout hiking in the North Cascades, we were taught  “Pack it in, Pack it out.” I’ve always come back from trips with other peoples’ trash and felt good leaving a…

Patty Harrold is Getting Trained up

As our Pass To Pass hike approaches, Patty Harrold, one of our team members living large with Parkinson’s, is really showing her commitment to the event.  Below she shares some of her recent trainers. MOUNT SI – This mountain is always a humbler, but if you can do Mt. Si, you can do anything.  It’s…

PCTA Blog Post

The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has just published a blog post about Bill Meyer and our Pass to Pass hike.  Its a great read. You should check it out. The PCTA is a great organization which provides a one stop shopping for anything related to the Pacific Crest Trail, formally known as Pacific Crest…

Our First Meeting of the Complete Hike Team

5/9/2016 – The hike team met for the first time by Skype last week and got to see each other virtually face-to-face.  These are very exciting times and people can feel the electricity.  The team is now complete with eleven total: seven People with Parkinson’s (PWP) and four support hikers.  We had to reach far…