Author Archives: Ian Nelson

About Ian Nelson

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

PCT advice: plan ahead and prepare

Staying in the center of the trail, even when it's wet, helps keep trailside wildflowers vibrant once they bloom later in the year. By planning ahead and preparing, you might choose to hike in boots when it's wet, or delaying your trip. Photo by Andrew Geweke.

The first principle of Leave No Trace is to plan ahead and prepare which, when done thoroughly, can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip into the backcountry that also minimizes your potential to damage sensitive landscapes and ecosystems.

When planning for a backcountry adventure, one of the first things ... Read more

Meet the Pacific Crest Trail technical advisors

Two PCTA Technical Advisors will be on the trail this year in California and Southern Oregon overseeing American Conservation Experience corps crews, instructing at PCTA volunteer trainings and assisting PCTA Regional Representatives during the field seasons. This important technical assistance comes through our partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. We’d ... Read more