In memory of Leroy Tieskoetter

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Leroy “Ironman” Tieskoetter who passed away unexpectedly August 24 at his home in Monroe, Washington. Leroy recently completed the 29 mile hike with Trip 1 from Chinook Pass to White Pass. A common sentiment shared by many from his team was that no one showed more grit,…

Better than photos: a video from Trip 3!

Q: What could be better than photos? A: A video made by Derek “Hulk” Torry, Trip Leader & Hiker Extraordinaire, from Trip 3! If you don’t have a Dropbox account, you can: create an account OR  click “No thanks, continue to view” at the bottom of the sign-in box. Turn on your sound, click here…

Unpacking and Feeling Good

All Team 3 up at the forest road in wild huckleberry country in the  picture below. Due to a temporarily lost phone, the incomplete picture was posted first. Laura Kennedy Gould posted a nice summary on her blog, Magic Trick:Parkinson’s. Everyone enjoyed a trail angel meal and drinks at the end. “Cowboy” and his sons…

Trip 3 Day 7 – Trail’s End

After 125 miles with much laughter and a great sense of accomplishment, the 4th Annual Pass to Pass hike came to a close today. We’ll have more photos and testimonials to share in the coming weeks. Knowing Bill, there’s no doubt that he’s already scouting the trail maps to plan for next year’s event. Maybe you’ll…

Trip 3 Day 6

After a total of 11.1 miles yesterday, the team camped at Deer Lake where they also took a swim. “We are laughing a lot, working as a team, great chemistry!” They hiked on another 4 miles today to Blue Lake (PCT Mile 2205.8) arriving at noon. Pass to Pass 2019 is coming to an end…

Trip 3 Day 5

The team was back on the trail by 9AM today. After hiking close to 4 miles, they stopped at FR 24 (PCT Mile 2215.4) to meet a few more hikers who were scheduled to join in on the last miles of Trip 3. One of those hikers was Pass to Pass co-Founder Bill Meyer, who…

Trip 3 Day 4

Proving they’re Living Large with Parkinson’s, the team hiked 11.5 miles yesterday and enjoyed a well deserved soak in the North Fork of Trout Lake Creek. “Everyone is doing great.” After yesterday’s mileage, the plan for today was to make it an easy 5 mile day. They arrived at Mosquito Creek, where there was a…

Trip 3 Day 3

The team made it in to camp last night at 7 PM after a 10.6 mile day which included simultaneous views of Mt Adams and Mt Rainier as well as a view of Mt Hood. These are sights that most never have a chance to see firsthand. The months of pre-planning helped each trip leader…

Trip 3 Day 2

The team spent their first night at a beautiful meadow at Killeen Creek (PCT Mile 2244.8) much like the one shown below.   Hiking close to a 10 mile day today, word was sent that the team was “doing great, having a blast, team is gelling well.” When you come together as a group with…

Trip 2 Day 7 / Trip 3 Day 1

Two trips down and one more to go for 2019! Trip 2’s team was waiting, as planned, at FR 5603 this morning. Once the hikers all arrived, both teams visited and posed for some photos before transferring the community gear and llamas.   The team for Trip 2 headed to the Blue Spruce Saloon in…

Trip 2 Day 6

8:00 AM “The sun is streaming through the mist coming off the lake.” Being so far ahead of schedule, the team had a relaxing morning around the campsite today. 11:15 AM “Almost dried out from the rain and looking forward to a sunny, DRY day.” Dan and George hiked ahead to scout out some options…

Trip 2 Day 5

Despite waking to a cool, damp and misty morning, the team had a calm night and all slept well. Preparing for an 8 mile day, they broke camp and headed out at 9:30 hoping to see the sun. With mist or drizzle for most of the day, the team proved that Parkinson’s won’t slow them…