New to the forum, but not to hiking

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MarkW
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New to the forum, but not to hiking

Post by MarkW » April 23rd, 2018, 9:34 am

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.

Aimless
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Re: New to the forum, but not to hiking

Post by Aimless » April 23rd, 2018, 3:33 pm

Although it sounds like you've been here all along, welcome to the forums!

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bobcat
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Location: SW Portland

Re: New to the forum, but not to hiking

Post by bobcat » April 28th, 2018, 11:38 am

Thanks also for all the trail work you've been doing. Appreciate your time and effort . . .

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