Trail Angels is a portrait of four legendary yet unsung heroes of the Appalachian Trail. Meet Baltimore Jack, Mala, Trail Angel Mary and Miss Janet– four working class Americans who open their hearts to seasonal “thru-hikers” by performing random acts of kindness known as “trail magic” for the long distance hikers of the “AT”.
Forgive me for being a trail newb.. But before i started developing planhike.com’s trail angel list and then transfered the list to trailangellist.org.. Was there a trail angel list? I swear i saw one once! But could never refind it.. Maybe it was the pct resupply list at the pcta.org im thinking i saw…
Its crazy to me how I go out there on that hike and come back in a total mental dissaray and decide to launch trailangellist.org… I’m in disbelief right now the site name was even available and that I thought to put it together.. It was the busiest page on planhike.com so.. I thought how can I make it better SEO wise and the rest is history I guess…. I build my list from scratch and now people are added only when they request it.. I hope it helps… Hundy
Volunteers on the Pacific Crest Trail between White Pass / Hwy 12 and the Canadian Border.
To help maintain the north 350 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the State of Washington
We’re just a bunch of volunteers who are out to help maintain the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The PCT runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.
In 2010, we started off with tread restoration and brush clearing on the stretch of trail south of Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) in Washington. This stretch of trail is through a checkerboard of old clear cuts and virgin forest. In the old clear cuts, there are huckleberries and blueberries galore, which conspire to over grow the trail. We’ve since added doing log out and tread restoration projects. We also expanded our geographic reach with a project at Stevens Pass (Hwy 2) in 2012. For the 2013 season, we’ll be working from at least the Stevens Pass area in the north to Chinook Pass (Hwy 410) in the south, with the possibility of projects even further north and south from those extremes.
Hiking on backcountry trails helps many people re-connect with nature and with places within themselves that get obscured in the daily hustle and bustle. A few days in the solitude of the trail re-grounds them and helps preserve their mental health.
For people battling mental illness, however, the path to mental health is rarely so simple. Mental illness affects 1 out of 4 families in the United States, leaving those who suffer from it and their families searching for answers, cures and treatments that will allow them to experience the simple joy of living.
The mission of HIKE for Mental Health
Increase public awareness of the challenges and suffering faced by those afflicted by mental illness and their families.
Increase public appreciation for and responsible use of wilderness trails.
Raise funds, principally by coordinating fundraising wilderness hikes, in order to
prevent and alleviate the pain caused by mental illness
maintain and preserve wilderness trails
In distributing its net proceeds, HIKE for Mental Health will direct
Eighty percent to scientific research to prevent, cure, or treat mental illness
The Kennedy Meadows Cyber Café & Tom’s Place (36.01°N 118.13°W Elev. 6170 ft) In 2005, Tom Figueroa started hosting injured hikers on his five acre property on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the heart of Kennedy Meadows. In 2007, Tom began expanding his efforts by creating The Kennedy Meadows Cyber Café. The Cyber Café has eight laptops on a DSL connection and is housed in a 1956 40′ Stream Liner Trailer. The Cyber Café operates totally on the donations of the hikers and others that may be staying in the surrounding Kennedy Meadows campgrounds.
Motorcyclist spots Rocket Llama: From Jim Klaas: I was up there riding my motorcycle up on Mt Adams today and bumped into Rocket. I thought something was a little odd so I turned around and went back to her and asked her if I could help her. She said is there a road or a highway around here. I told here there was but it was miles down the road. I think left her and went up the road and found a search and rescue truck and ask the drive if they were looking for anyone. He told me they were and I said…I had just talked to her. I went back to her and asked if she was the girl…she told me she was…she was in great shape and in good spirits. I have attached a picture I took of her before Search and Rescue arrived. She made it…she was in good shape….pretty impressive after such an ordeal.
Trail Angel Provides Haven for Hikers in Cascade Locks Joseph Shelley, also known by his trail name “Shrek,” attempted to thru-hike all 2,663 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006, but a foot injury prevented him from finishing. Determined to remain apart of the trail culture, Shrek opened his doors to incoming hikers at mile marker 2,155 – Cascade Locks. A work in progress, Shrek has big plans for developing his home into a “hiker lodge” along with meeting new trailblazing friends.