I have lived in the Portland area all of my life and have been camping/hiking since I was a kid. As an adult almost all of my camping trips have been backpack trips.
I have been reading these forums for most of the time they have been up but haven't posted anything. That is just how I usually roll. I am very impressed with much of what I have seen here.
I had long thought of volunteering for trail maintenance work parties, but at one point I read a blog that made it sound like you have to be exceptionally tough to handle it. I like to exercise but that blog post put me off doing trail work. Then last year I got an email from MSHI advertising a work party with Washington Trails Association that had the 3 magic words: "no experience necessary". I went with them to Independence Pass trail and spent most of a day removing an alder from the trail. I had a great time.
Since them I have done several work parties for TKO and I intend to keep doing it. The last month or so I have gone on work parties more often than I have gone hiking. I have even met some of the frequent posters on the forum.
In a couple of weeks I will go to a PCTA trail skills college near McKenzie Bridge.
Introduce yourself to the group! We welcome novice and expert alike! We especially love hearing from those new to Portland and those new to hiking
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