Another longtime lurker here; now that I have an account, I'll introduce myself! I'm Joshua. I've lived in Eugene for a while now, although I'm originally from a little Pennsylvanian town right along the AT.
Hiking, backpacking, and mushroom foraging are among my favorite ways to get outdoors. I've done a fair amount of casual adventuring (solo, and with friends) in the OR/ID/WA region over the years. More recently, as I've grown more serious about it (in terms of interest, not demeanor!), I'm realizing that I've still only really just scratched the surface. I aspire to be skilled enough someday for the sorts of cool stuff I see in the longer off-trail trip reports forum here But I'm reasonably confident in the woods at this point, and my silliest rookie "learning opportunities" appear to be behind me.
This year, I'm spending a good deal of time in the Central Cascades, on day trips and several-day loops. I've hiked part of the Timberline in the past, and would like to return to complete it...but I'm really curious about the Wallowa-Whitman area, too, and am contemplating a late-August trip there, presuming I have enough time to research. Over the winter, I'm hoping to get deeper into snowshoeing. Eventually, I'd like to learn to climb a bit.
I typically go out alone, but I'm definitely open to meeting up and taking adventures with folks, if it seems like a good fit! If you're in the area, feel welcome to reach out.
Thanks, and see you around!
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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