Beware the yellow flag! Steve's trip reports make for interesting reading. In one from Antarctica he answers one of the most common questions he gets and starts by stating "everything you do at home you still need to do up here, just in more challenging circumstances." You can sign up on his website to get trip reports straight to your inbox or log on anytime to read reports from this project, his injury and lead up climbs.
Five years ago, @washingtontrailsassociation was instrumental in helping me get back on the trails and into the mountains. As a new transplant to the state, I only had a basic idea of of locations I could go to. I intended to head to my local REI to look for some guidebooks but decided first to do a quick search on Google. WTA was the first site that popped up and I was taken aback with how much information was readily available to me in mere seconds. Quite the change from my teenage years when all our information came from guidebooks and word of mouth. .
Immediately I recognized that one of the strengths of the website was the trip reports filled out by hikers/runners who had recently traveled on a trail. But that strength relies on individuals taking the time to fill out reports. Based on that, I did what I could to give back and started filling out trip reports. I have had good years and bad years in my efforts to fill reports out but my last trip report for Hex Mountain was my 175th for WTA and I promise that 2018 will be my best year yet. .
So imagine how appreciative I was when WTA reached out to me and asked if I was interested in being part of an article they were doing on trip reporters. It felt as though my efforts had come full circle. Thank you to Washington Trails for the recognition! Also for those curious, my first hike that I took that I found on WTA was Truman's Ridge near Mount St. Helens. The second one was Spray Park in Mount Rainier National Park. Easy to see why I was immediately hooked on the mountains again!