Welcome Eleonore Anderson and Landon Coates Welsh, PCTA technical advisors

Two technical advisors skilled in trail building and leadership have started their seasonal jobs overseeing PCTA maintenance crews in Southern California and will spend the next several months teaching trail skills classes and working the PCT throughout the state.

Each year, the PCTA brings on seasonal technical advisors to support field programs such as corps crews and volunteer trainings. The PCTA is fortunate to attract highly skilled trail professionals who are willing and able to put in long days on the trail overseeing the high-standard, safe and quality trail work the PCTA has become known for.

Eleanore Anderson

Eleonore Anderson is joining the PCTA for the first time and is excited for the season. For the past 10 years, Eleonore has worked in a variety of field-based positions in the West. She has worked as a seasonal trail worker and wildland firefighter for the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. She developed a passion for working with volunteers alongside partners such as the American Conservation Experience, California Conservation Corps and the Student Conservation Association. Eleonore has worked trail from the High Sierra to the Cascades and is excited to cover new ground in Southern California. In her free time, Eleonore enjoys photography, oil painting, hiking and filling up her passport.

Landon Coates Welsh spent the last two years working on the PCT leading an American Conservation Experience Corps crew. Last year he helped lead the fire rehabilitation efforts to reopen the Mountain Fire closure near Mount San Jacinto in Southern California and with the ongoing new trail construction in the Sierra Buttes. He’s excited to continue working on these projects this year as a PCTA staffer, and sharing his experience and knowledge with corps crews and volunteers. Landon is an avid traveler and spent last winter in Ladakh, India, helping construct artificial glaciers to combat the effects of climate change in the region. Back in the states he enjoys playing guitar, exploring  the local music scene and, of course, backpacking.

Landon Welsh

Author: Ian Nelson

Ian Nelson has been the PCTA’s Regional Representative for Northern California/Southern Oregon for more than 15 years. He is based in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon and enjoys exploring the many wilderness areas in the region.