In memoriam

PCTA loses caretaker extraordinaire Jack Konner

Jack out for a day hike. Photo by Patty Carter

Volunteer Caretaker Jack Konner, who helped build the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s Mount Hood Chapter into a trail-maintaining powerhouse, died Nov. 11, 2016. He was 89.

Jack, who lived in Beaverton, Oregon, was one of the Mount Hood Chapter’s earliest section caretakers. As the chapter’s first volunteer coordinator during a ... Read more

In memory of PCTA volunteer Joel Starr

It is with great sadness we report the death of our dear friend and trail champion, Joel Starr.  Joel was an integral part of PCTA’s Oregon volunteer community for as long as anyone can remember. Joel died August 14, 2015. He was 68.

He and his wife, Marcele, brought an ... Read more

PCTA bids farewell to Greg “Strider” Hummel

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.” – Babe Ruth in the Sandlot

His gait, the incredible distance between his boots, gave 6-foot, 9-inch Greg Hummel the trail name “Strider” when he thru-hiked the PCT in 1977. Legend has it that nobody could ... Read more

Oregon volunteer leader Paul Martin Smith dies

Long-time PCTA organizer, leader and trail maintainer Paul Martin Smith died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, following complications from cancer. He was 64.

Paul, PCTA’s 2009 Regional Trail Maintainer of the Year, led the Mid-Oregon Volunteers for many years. A PCTA volunteer since 2006, he was highly recognized for his unselfish ... Read more

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton