Day Hikes and Stories

Paula of Trip 4 wrote about her experience for the September Newsletter of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Parkinson’s Center, it is inspiring to see each person’s experience in the stories they share and the testimonials they send us. Several hikers are hoping to continue the experience and invite others. Tamara of New Hampshire and Jenny of Vermont…

Friends of PtP

NW Parkinson’s Foundation posted a blog by Trip leader Irene Pasternack about her Trip 4 & 5 experience this year. Irene included a great photo of a llama dust bath. NW Parkinson’s Foundation has been a great friend to PtP. They recruit hikers in their weekly email most of the year. They are holding an…

PtP 2022 by the Numbers

The 8 hikes this year are complete and we are starting the review process for plans for next year. Previous hikers will receive the schedule by late October and new hikers are invited starting in November 2022. You can always contact us with your information or questions. The final numbers are: 40 Parkinson’s hikers 45…

Top of the World Preparation

All of our PasstoPass hikers have been preparing for their hike— climbing stairs, increasing exercise activities and classes, doing practice hikes and more. However, Hiro, a young onset PD hiker is over the top! This spring he summitted Mount St. Helens, in June he attempted Mt . Rainier (hampered by poor weather) and last weekend…

Gear Truck Loaded for all Hikes

Brian, PtP president and his wife, Carrie spent part of Saturday helping to load the gear truck. It was a puzzle to pack the equipment, supplies, sleeping pads, stools, shirts and hats for hikers, and more….. even alfalfa for a llama treat. Bill and Nadean leave home Monday, July 11 and will be on the…

Checking on Trail Conditions

Our intrepid trip leaders have been out on the trail checking about snow pack, tree blow downs and water conditions. The Washington Cascades received plenty of snow this winter, with snowfall even in June. Rapid melt is underway and we expect trails with just a few drifts on the Northern side. Trip 1 at Mount…

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 1 Enjoyed the Afternoon

“Just enjoyed a day hike and found elk trail and scat. Everyone is liking the lazy afternoon“ Evening message tells us that the Trip 1 group is relaxing and enjoying the place during the final full day.

Trip 1- Swimming and Almost Done

Trip 1 reports that they are swimming today as they stop at Dewey Lake. It is a beautiful day and everyone is fine. Tomorrow Trip 1 arrives at Chinook Pass and Trip 2 will begin their adventure Southbound to White Pass.

Trip 1 -Planning a rest at Crag Lake Camp

“We are planning a late start in the morning. Tent 3 above Crag Lake is a wonderful campsite and we plan to sleep in.” We heard from the hikers! They have been battling “bugs. ” The first lakes are known to be buggy and it seems to be that way this year. The pace is…