“A highlight of summer” – report from a PCTA volunteer project

Thru-hiker and PCTA crew leader Barry "Token Civilian" Teschlog cutting brush on the project. Photo by Ryan

Thru-hiker and PCTA crew leader Barry “Token Civilian” Teschlog cutting brush on the project. Photo by Ryan Lawrence

Ryan Lawrence and Andrew Post, North Cascades Wilderness Rangers, joined us on one of our trail projects this summer. Didn’t know that our program rocks? Neither did they.

Read their excellent account on the Mt. Adams Institute blog.

Andrew and I just finished working on a Pacific Crest Trail Association volunteer project organized by North 350 Blades, and we were both blown away by how rock’n’roll our group was…

[On the camp cook:] I actually started referring to her as “Lord God Sonja Mother of Light and All Things Tasty”…

Honestly, it’s a highlight of my summer. Feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself, something that you can come back to years later and feel proud about. I helped do this, I made a contribution. I made a sacrifice…

– first night at camp, he already had the crosscut out. He’s been working with crosscuts for years and years, the man just wanted to share his knowledge.

Read the whole report. It’s worth it.

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Specialist, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.