Washington Trails Association's 'Volunteer Vacations' Benefit Everyone

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Washington Trails Association

    SEATTLE, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Your next vacation could be enjoyed by
 thousands of people, most of whom you'll never see, let alone know.  Schedule
 yourself on one of Washington Trails Association's Volunteer Vacations, and
 you'll never forget the experience, and neither will the hikers who benefit
 from your efforts.
     Volunteer Vacations are week-long work parties on trail systems throughout
 Washington. While repairing and rebuilding trails ranks high on the priorities
 of these outings, the work doesn't dominate the trips.  Past participants say
 they benefit from the trips as much as the trails do.  Among the rewards
 they've found on Volunteer Vacations are:  meeting fun people, developing
 camaraderie, living and working in the great outdoors for a week, developing
 wilderness and trail-building skills, and experiencing new places.  Other
 hikers who come upon these work parties appear highly impressed, and
 consistently praise volunteers for their good work.  These compliments build
 confidence and pride among volunteers.
     Last year, Washington Trails coordinated nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer
 trail maintenance, and in hopes of topping that mark, this year's WTA trail
 maintenance schedule features 20 Volunteer Vacation opportunities in scenic
 Washington.  These adventures include traveling to backcountry camps and car
 camps in National Forests, National Parks, and a National Monument.
     Volunteers pack in their own personal gear.  WTA packs in supplies and
 equipment by boat, animals or truck depending on the camp's location.
     Weeklong Volunteer Vacations are the only way much-needed trail
 maintenance is accomplished in the backcountry.  And it's a fun way, too!  We
 perform trail work on five days, with a midweek day off for fun and
 relaxation. We travel to and from camp on Saturdays.
     To view a complete list of Volunteer Vacations, visit our Web site at
 www.wta.org.  You may sign-up online, or by calling the WTA office,
 206.625.1367.  Cost is only $75 for a week of great meals, fun people, good
 exercise and gorgeous scenery.
 
     Please join us on one or more of the following adventures:
 
     Chelan Lake Shore, April 28-May 5, Easy Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Domke Lake, May 12-19, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Cispus Center, May 26-June 2, Car Camp
     Gifford Pinchot National Forest
 
     Chatter Creek, June 2-9, Car Camp
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Big Tree, June 9-16, Car Camp
     Okanogan National Forest
 
     Holden, June 23-30, Easy Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Wonderland Trail, July 7-14, Car Camp
     Mount Rainier National Park
 
     Ingalls Creek, July 14-21, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Lake Josephine, July 21-28, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Royal Basin, July 28-August 4, Strenuous Backpack
     Olympic National Park
 
     Deception Lake, August 4-11, Strenuous Backpack
     Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
 
     Spider Gap, August 11-18, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Waptus Lake, August 18-25, Strenuous Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Dishpan Gap, August 25-September 1, Strenuous Backpack
     Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
 
     Lake Ann, September 1-8, Car Camp
     Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
 
     Robinson Creek, September 8-15, Moderate Backpack
     Okanogan NF, Pasayten Wilderness
 
     Bumping Lake, September 15-22, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Lakes Trail, September 29-October 5, Easy Backpack
     Mount St. Helens National Monument
 
 

SOURCE Washington Trails Association
    SEATTLE, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Your next vacation could be enjoyed by
 thousands of people, most of whom you'll never see, let alone know.  Schedule
 yourself on one of Washington Trails Association's Volunteer Vacations, and
 you'll never forget the experience, and neither will the hikers who benefit
 from your efforts.
     Volunteer Vacations are week-long work parties on trail systems throughout
 Washington. While repairing and rebuilding trails ranks high on the priorities
 of these outings, the work doesn't dominate the trips.  Past participants say
 they benefit from the trips as much as the trails do.  Among the rewards
 they've found on Volunteer Vacations are:  meeting fun people, developing
 camaraderie, living and working in the great outdoors for a week, developing
 wilderness and trail-building skills, and experiencing new places.  Other
 hikers who come upon these work parties appear highly impressed, and
 consistently praise volunteers for their good work.  These compliments build
 confidence and pride among volunteers.
     Last year, Washington Trails coordinated nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer
 trail maintenance, and in hopes of topping that mark, this year's WTA trail
 maintenance schedule features 20 Volunteer Vacation opportunities in scenic
 Washington.  These adventures include traveling to backcountry camps and car
 camps in National Forests, National Parks, and a National Monument.
     Volunteers pack in their own personal gear.  WTA packs in supplies and
 equipment by boat, animals or truck depending on the camp's location.
     Weeklong Volunteer Vacations are the only way much-needed trail
 maintenance is accomplished in the backcountry.  And it's a fun way, too!  We
 perform trail work on five days, with a midweek day off for fun and
 relaxation. We travel to and from camp on Saturdays.
     To view a complete list of Volunteer Vacations, visit our Web site at
 www.wta.org.  You may sign-up online, or by calling the WTA office,
 206.625.1367.  Cost is only $75 for a week of great meals, fun people, good
 exercise and gorgeous scenery.
 
     Please join us on one or more of the following adventures:
 
     Chelan Lake Shore, April 28-May 5, Easy Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Domke Lake, May 12-19, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Cispus Center, May 26-June 2, Car Camp
     Gifford Pinchot National Forest
 
     Chatter Creek, June 2-9, Car Camp
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Big Tree, June 9-16, Car Camp
     Okanogan National Forest
 
     Holden, June 23-30, Easy Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Wonderland Trail, July 7-14, Car Camp
     Mount Rainier National Park
 
     Ingalls Creek, July 14-21, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Lake Josephine, July 21-28, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Royal Basin, July 28-August 4, Strenuous Backpack
     Olympic National Park
 
     Deception Lake, August 4-11, Strenuous Backpack
     Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
 
     Spider Gap, August 11-18, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Waptus Lake, August 18-25, Strenuous Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Dishpan Gap, August 25-September 1, Strenuous Backpack
     Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
 
     Lake Ann, September 1-8, Car Camp
     Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
 
     Robinson Creek, September 8-15, Moderate Backpack
     Okanogan NF, Pasayten Wilderness
 
     Bumping Lake, September 15-22, Moderate Backpack
     Wenatchee National Forest
 
     Lakes Trail, September 29-October 5, Easy Backpack
     Mount St. Helens National Monument
 
 SOURCE  Washington Trails Association