Summer Hikes almost full

Over 80 hikers have signed up for 8 hikes in summer 2022. We have a few spots left on Trips 3 and 4 and we are still taking alternates in case of life changes that can occur when dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. Recent media stories include: GoodRX interviewed Bill about his PD and PasstoPass NW…

Trip Leaders get Wilderness First Aid Training

The last weekend of February, 13 PasstoPass trip leaders attended the NOLS Wilderness First Aid course and got their certification. We learned a lot while also getting to know each other during an intense training of 2 eight hour days. The 2022 trips are filling up- we expect all slots to be full by the…

“Dancing with Llamas”

Bill Clugston, PD hiker on Trip 3 2021 in the Goats Rock Wilderness wrote a blog post for NW Parkinson’s Foundation. He loved the llamas as pack animals and Bill notes the need for preparation for the strenuous mountain experience. Bill, like other previous hikers are waiting for the details about 2022 hikes. Preparations are…

Trip 4 Complete: That’s a Wrap for the 2021 Hikes!

The Trip 4 team successfully completed their hike yesterday, coming off the trail at the Walupt Lake Trailhead. With that, we’ve finished the 2021 Pass to Pass hikes. As this year’s T-shirts say: 34 “Parkies” (people with Parkinson’s) 36 support hikers 2,200 miles … with cranky llamas We are gathering photos and testimonials, and completing…

Quick Trip 4 Update (Day 5)

Technology gremlins seem to be interfering with the Trip 4 team’s updates. We received a partial message with delayed delivery. It indicates the team is enjoying “wild berries, lake views, card games, and a high-tech slide show presented by Ron. Preparing for final day. Llamas enjoying big pasture.”

Last Night for Trip 4

The Thursday Trip 4 itinerary calls for about five miles from Sheep Lake to the Walupt Lake Trail Junction with about 1,000 feet of elevation drop. Friday morning they’re scheduled to hike their last section to the Walupt Lake Trailhead. What’s it like to hike with llamas? The llamas are a unique part of the…

Quick Trip 4 Update

The Wednesday night update from the Trip 4 team is: “Today was GREAT! Sun. View of Mt. Adams. We went from ‘Oh, my lands’ cold and very windy to ‘The sun feels so good!!’ Arrived at Sheep Lake safe and now clean.” Two more days on the trail for Trip 4. More soon.

Trip 4—Day 4

The Trip 4 team’s Wednesday itinerary calls for about five miles in the Cispus Pass vicinity and camping near Sheep Lake. Their Tuesday evening report included: A couple hikers were able to secure Tuesday night’s campsite in the morning. Hiker Mark felt better by noon after getting stung by bees. The day was adventurous and…

Trip 4—Day 3

Trip 3 leader Linda spent a little extra time on the trail and crossed paths with the Trip 4 team. She reports they are settling in to the trip, learning to set up camp and care for the llamas. And, she says it looks like they are having fun! The Trip 4 team did miss…

Trip 6 Complete; Trip 4—Day 2

The Trip 6 team successfully completed their hike today, ending near Devils Lake. At their ending trailhead, the Trip 6 team enjoyed cold drinks, sandwiches, chips, and good conversation. Brian and Carrie Lorenson surprised everyone by showing up on their way to their Oregon Coast vacation—Brian is Pass to Pass board president. Trip 6 leader…

Photos from Trip 6 Team

The Trip 6 team has cell phone reception at their last campsite and is sending photos. Trip leader Derek reports: “Great afternoon. We hiked to wild blueberry fields and loaded our Ziplock baggies. Delicious! And, we swam at another lake in the area. The water was refreshing. Some brought their inflated sleeping pads and floated…

Trip 3 Complete; Trip 4 Team Hits the Trail; Last Night for Trip 6 Team

The Trip 3 team successfully completed their hike today, ending at Berry Patch Trailhead. Yesterday, llama Gina created some excitement when she pulled up the stake she was tethered to. Trip leader Linda said: “She got about 10 minutes of bliss eating her fill of grass in the meadow.” Gina and Bill M. are good…