King5 Interview 8/20 by Jo Ann

Jo Ann, hiker during 2016 trip and great organizer and trail angel too, spent time Sunday, August 20 at the King5 TV studio in Seattle. Here is the link for her interview. Great job Jo Ann and thanks for your help and support.

Derek hiked in John Muir Wilderness with scouts

  Derek just finished a 14 mile 3 day trip with son’s Scout troop in the John Muir Wilderness at Cottonwood Lakes. Hike started at 10,000 ft and ascended to 11,000 ft. It was a great and gorgeous hike. Cottonwood Lakes is a series of 6 lakes home to a rare species of trout, Golden…

Communications and more….

Thanks to the generosity of  one of our sponsors, NW Neurological in Spokane, Washington, we were able to purchase a Garmin In Reach Explorer communicator. It has a GPS tracker, navigational tool, 2-way satellite messenger and SOS device.  We can stay connected to cell phone numbers and email addresses even when we are definitely off…

Bugaboos

Bill and Nadean arrived at Bugaboos Lodge in British Columbia, flown in by helicopter mid-day and were soon taken in five groups to different locations. Our group explored a place called Rocky Point about 7400’ elevation that was just beautiful. We hiked along a ridge with 360 degree views into an upper basin with plenty…

Tiger Mountain

Three members of  the 2017 PasstoPass team met in Issaquah , Washington on Saturday July 8 to hike on Tiger Mountain- Ken Kisch, Patty Harrold and  Bill Meyer. Trail angels, Linda Kisch and Nadean Meyer joined them as we crossed over the Talus Trail and around the Tradition Lake. It was a lovely day and…

Llamas!

In May Bill Meyer visited Bob Schimph at Middle Earth Llama Ranch near Montesano, Washington to learn more about llamas and equipment for packing. We will be taking three experienced llamas on our hike. They will be transported in a cargo van to Rainey Pass where we start our 58 mile hike. Packing llamas are…

Bill’s Rafting Trip

In May, I had the opportunity to float the Dolores River in Western Colorado along with my son and two friends in two 13’ rafts. We floated through beautiful red rock canyons for six days, 97 miles, most of it road-less.  Most years the river runs like a small creek with the water diverted to…

Derek’s Volcano Hike

Today’s hike was on the island of Nea Kameni just off the island coast of Santarini, Greece. This hike was to an active volcano, no lava flow through. It was a short hike, just over 3 miles with 1,000 ft of elevation gain. I felt good on and after the hike.  No foot cramps despite…

Brian’s Hike Up Middle Point Trail

*Training backpack with new gear* On June 9th I drove down to Dayton, WA with a plan to hike into the Wenaha river via the Grizzly Bear ridge trail and back out along Slick Ear creek. Because of snow covered roads, that didn’t happen. However, while driving out of the National Forest heading back to…

Preparations

Two planning meetings have been held in June for  the 2017 PasstoPass adventure. We discussed sponsors, grants, social media and media contacts. Maddy Cook, a Whitworth  design and computer science student will work with us this summer to coordinate our social media. Carrie Lorenson, also a Whitworth student and Brian’s wife has offered to work…

2017 is Revving Up

Preparation is underway for the 2017 Pass To Pass for Parkinson’s hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. This year we start at Rainy Pass and hike to Suiattle River for 58 miles. We have 5 Parkinson’s hikers and 3 support hikers and 3 llamas to help carry the load for the Parkinson’s hikers. We are…

Our Story Hits the Blogosphere

Gee, I’m getting inspired here.  I should join the blogoshere with our own version of our story but truthfully, I cannot do any better than Mark Waters with Pacific Crest Trail Association and Seth Manthey with Fox Feed.  Enjoy their blog posts below. “Drawing attention to Parkinson’s Disease on the PCT” by Mark Waters. “From…