Profiles, Interviews & Perspectives
Volunteer Profile: Jade Tabony — Data Scientist, Outdoor Adventurer & Cheez-It Enthusiast
Jul 08, 2021
We talk technology, slacklining and what it's like to give back to a cause you care about.
Making Friends on Trail, Thanks to WTA
Jul 06, 2021
WTA members Judy Cochran and Pascale Lelong met for the first time on a WTA volunteer vacation back in 2015 — and they've been hiking together ever since.
Volunteer Profile: Doris Wang
Jun 22, 2021
Doris is a well of positive energy. She came to WTA after a friend introduced her to trail work parties, and since then has brought her friends and her husband to trail work, and been a fantastic trail ambassador on social media. We asked her a few questions about why she likes volunteering and what keeps her engaged in WTA's community.
Trip Reporter Q&A: The Joy of Hiking One Area Over and Over
Jun 11, 2021
Trip reporter Birb has hiked nearly all of the trails in the Issaquah Alps — and found beauty and peace along the way.
5 Things I Learned After a Year Using Car Shares to Hike
May 10, 2021
Today is my one-year anniversary of the first hike I did using a carshare program. Hiking using car-share programs is totally doable, and depending on how often you hike (and other demands you may have to consider), using car shares may even be more cost-effective than owning. Here's what I've learned in a year of hiking sans car.
Learning and Growing on WTA's Volunteer Vacations
Apr 14, 2021
We caught up with volunteers from years past to see how the skills they gained have helped them with new adventures.
Volunteer Spotlight: Gabrielle Matheison
Apr 06, 2021
Volunteers are key for WTA, and we appreciate however people engage with WTA. Some folks like to stick to trail work, some stick to trip reports, some do both. While volunteering has been complicated by the pandemic, Gabrielle Matheisen, a trip reporter and trail crew volunteer, made it work.
Thank You, WTA, From a Hiker
Mar 31, 2021
Binny Marwaha is a WTA member and an avid hiker and backpacker. We recently caught up with her to learn a bit about why she chooses to support WTA, and the impact of time outdoors. Here is a snippet of our conversation with her.
UW's Nature and Health Group Talks Time Outside
Mar 22, 2021
What researchers are discovering about how and why being outside is so good for us.
From Awe to Ah-Hah!: 4 Advocates Realize the Power of Their Voices for Trails
Mar 11, 2021
When did you realize that trails don’t just appear in the woods? Or that your favorite trail probably exists in part thanks to hikers like you? If you haven't had that "ah-hah!" moment yet, it's understandable. The path towards establishing and protecting trails is winding (much like those trails we love so much). But in the same way that you can lay the foundation for memorable summer adventures by tuning into permit season each year in February, hikers like you can help build a lifetime of adventure by consistently participating in advocacy work.
Volunteer Crew Leaders Step Up to Help WTA and Each Other
Mar 09, 2021
In addition to WTA’s regular seasonal staff, 27 volunteers stepped up to lead trail work parties this past summer — making space for 2,200 more volunteers to engage in trail work.
Hiking Alone in Winter, Finding Peace and Quiet on the Trail
Feb 19, 2021
Even those of us who relish this season can get mired in it, despairing that going outside will never be fun or easy again. In these doldrums of winter, one of the cures for finding joy is, counterintuitively, hiking alone.
Finding a Little Bit of Balance in the Outdoors
Sep 28, 2020
For long-time WTA member Archana Bhat and her family, there’s no such thing as an uneventful backpacking trip.
Reclaiming Joy in Unprecedented Times
Sep 14, 2020
By producing events that truly welcome everyone, Chevon Powell combines her love of nature and event planning to bring people together and create a powerful community.
Finding Balance as A Parent
Aug 11, 2020
"My life at home and work are much different than what I’d planned for 2020 — but I’m finding ways to make peace with that."
What to Expect at Mount Rainier This Summer: Q&A With Rainier's Superintendent
Jul 10, 2020
WTA staff recently sat down — over Zoom — with Chip Jenkins, superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, to gain some behind the scenes insight on what we can expect at the park this year.
Taking Hikes, Building Friendships
Jul 07, 2020
When she was brand-new to Washington, time on trails helped Kayla Nunez find her new community.
Caring for Trails, Caring for People
Jun 29, 2020
It’s hard to imagine what WTA would look like without the McKibben family, and even harder to overstate Craig’s impact. From volunteering with our trail maintenance program, to serving as our board president, and even filling in as interim executive director.
Talking About My Generation
Jun 11, 2020
Youth are a powerful force for trails.
Staying Busy During Stay at Home
May 20, 2020
How some volunteers are staying busy without trail work parties on the calendar.
Hike Hard and Eat Great
How one hiker turned her passion for food and the outdoors into a new business and a new way of life | By Jessi Loerch
Welcome, Jaime! In His New Leadership Role, He'll Help Build a Better Future for Trails
Jan 13, 2020
We are excited to welcome Jaime Loucky. WTA's new chief impact officer will help us explore new ways to keep trails safe and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
The Path to Gratitude
Nov 27, 2019
Pause. Breathe. Remember what trails mean.
Collin Tasaka, New OLT Instructor, Gets Youth Stoked to Go Outside
Oct 24, 2019
The newest member of WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program is an enthusiastic advocate and role model for getting youth outside and on trail.
Energy, Purpose, Excitement: Coming Full Circle At Hidden Lake
Oct 18, 2019
In 2018, a group of friends attended a work party at Hidden Lake to help with a major construction project. A year later, two of that group returned to finish the task as a thank you to the woman who introduced them the trail work.
A Year in the Life of a WTA Superstar
Jul 31, 2019
Jaime Weber, a WTA member and volunteer, looks forward to the start of her personal trail work season. She saves her summers for hiking, and turns to trail work as fall shifts to winter. But that doesn’t mean she sits on her laurels during her trail-maintenance off-months.
The UP North Loop: Connecting the Pacific Northwest
A new long distance trail for the adventurous | By Andrea Laughery
Community & Healing
Outdoor Asian has helped me connect to nature, my family and my culture | by Joan Hong
Wheeling in the Wild
How I kept hiking, backpacking and exploring the wild places I love, with the assistance of a wheelchair | by Jenny Schmitz
Trail Magic: Not Just for Thru-Hikers
Apr 25, 2019
Whether it's food, sharing spare gear, or making an extra effort to recognize a special moment, our volunteers help make WTA's volunteer community friendly, and work parties fun to return to.