Forester Pass, Community Cheese Plate, and Young-Onset Parkinson’s

The latest report from our hikers includes:

“View South from Forester Pass, down steep chute and out to Diamond Mesa and lakes,” courtesy of Dcrjsr, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

“On the way to completing Forester Pass (13,200 feet elevation). Took time for a refreshing swim in the high lakes just before climbing the wall. Summited just before our daily thunderstorm hit. Raced for trees for the afternoon storm. … The team enjoyed a community cheese plate. Everyone contributed. The team favorite was Snickers bar and cheddar cheese with hint of parmesan–a JMT delicacy.”

Three of the hikers on this trip have young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). That means they were diagnosed before age 50. The unique challenges of YOPD can include navigating:

  • Parenthood
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Employment
  • Relationships

… all while managing Parkinson’s symptoms like:

  • Tremor
  • Muscle rigidity, including reduced facial expression
  • Slowness
  • Fatigue
  • Balance challenges
  • Cognitive challenges

The hiking opportunities Pass to Pass offers is one way our hikers with YOPD are managing their symptoms by staying active … so they can keep participating in their lives.

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  1. nadeanmeyer says:

    Welcome to our newest blogger, Diane! She is a PtP board member and YOPD. Great job- love the photo too.

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