In memoriam

Dottie Geisler, Trail Gorilla, remembered

By Pete Fish

Dorothy “Dottie” Geisler, friend of the trail and longtime Trail Gorilla volunteer, passed away on Sept. 9. By my reckoning she was 89. My wife Joyce was a classmate of Dottie’s sister at Washington High School in Los Angeles and Dottie was two years ahead.

She was ... Read more

Remembering Dennis Washburn

By Dave Moore

Dennis Washburn, a stalwart volunteer with the PCTA’s Will Work for Krumms Trail Crew, passed away on 28 April. He was 75.

Dennis started volunteering with the PCTA in 2004, after he and his wife, Carol, moved to Brentwood, California. Dennis loved backpacking in the Sierra ... Read more

A tribute to Dan Ogden: 1923-2018

He could be called one of the founding fathers of trails in the United States. Though trails were well on their way to becoming a national treasure before Dan Ogden got involved, he helped ensure their longevity and survival.

As the assistant director of planning and research in the Bureau ... Read more

Longtime PCT Advocate Lesya Struz Dies

Lesya Struz, former PCTA board member, a volunteer founder of the PCTA’s Mount Hood Chapter in Oregon and the force behind the creation of a single permit for long-distance PCT travelers, died this week at her home in Boston, Mass. She was 68.

A 1991 PCT thru-hiker with the trail ... Read more