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What Your Summer is Missing

Posted by Alyssa Kreider at Jun 03, 2011 03:25 PM |
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You know those perfect pairings in life? Bread and butter. Mac and cheese. Calvin and Hobbes. Well, here's another one: wild scenery and trail maintenance.

Imagine it. It's Friday, July 1st, and you're at Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia with your backpack. To your south is the Washington state U.S. border, and beyond that, the wild Pasayten Wilderness. From Manning Park, you and the rest of WTA's crew will backpack eight miles on the Pacific Crest Trail heading south, right into the remote Pasayten Wilderness. You'll hike past mountain lakes, and maybe stop for a swim. Craggy granite peaks will surround you as the smell of pine fills the air. Soon the crew will reach the old Pasayten Airstrip and Cabin, which will be your basecamp for the week. That's right - the Forest Service cabin at the airport (no longer in use) will serve as your lodging, and it will be already stocked with food and supplies.  Nice, huh?

But what about the trail work? That comes next. The crew will split into small teams and hike the surrounding trails, carrying cross-cut saws and axes which you’ll use to remove trees from the trails that were brought down by last winter’s storms. Still, the week is not all work. During your one week here, you’ll certainly get to log some extra miles on your boots – all the while taking in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. 

It sounds pretty awesome, right? Our Pasayten Logout Volunteer Vacation (also known as the “trip of a lifetime”) has five spots open. We had to reschedule the trip from its previous week in June to July 1-8 because of the late snow levels. That means some spots opened up, so if you want one, you're in luck! But act soon--this is, as you know, a trip of a lifetime, so it'll probably fill up.  Sign up here.

If we can’t entice you to head deep into the Pasayten Wilderness, we may be able to tempt you with one of our other prime Volunteer Vacations that still have slots available. For your opportunity to visit an area and make a lasting impact on the trails for years to come, consider joining one of the following trips:

Holden Village , June 25 – July 2

Salmo-Priest Loop, July 9 – 16

High Divide, July 30 – August 6

Robinson Pass, September 3 – 10

Indian Heaven, September 3 – 10

For the full listing of Volunteer Vacations and more, please visit


hiking in from Canada

This is an odd question, but I thought it was not legal to hike across the border--is that still the case? I suppose Homeland Security might not be too concerned if it was a FS trail work party.

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"Allison Woods" on Jun 19, 2011 10:11 PM