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Experience Our National Parks, Up Close and Personal

From: Yelena
Sent on: Thursday, September 20, 2012 2:27 PM

Are you thinking about a budget-friendly outdoors trip for your next vacation? How about doing some trail maintenance with the American Hiking Society? They have a variety of fun volunteer projects and locations to choose from.


WHERE: Choose the difficulty, location, and date of your Volunteer Vacation. From Teton National Forest in Wyoming to Denali National Park in Alaska. Staying at a cabin or camping in remote backcountry, you could be building trails or combatting soil erosion. In all cases, you are likely to experience remote areas that you would never otherwise see.

LOGISTICS: Daily food and housing are taken care of by the organization, and your transportation and other expenses could be tax deductible.

WHO: People from all over the country sign up, of varying ages and from various walks of life. You get to spend a week with a small group of about 10 people, working together as a team.

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I've gone on a few trips with the group, the most recent one being trail maintenance work in Yosemite National Park. We hiked into the backcountry and spent a week camping 8 miles away from civilization, inside the beautiful Lyell Canyon, brushing trails and clearing drainages all the way up to Donahue Pass (which yielded unsurpassed views of the Lyell Glacier). During that time, we've completed trail maintenance on about 5 miles of two popular and highly used trails, rerouted a short segment of horse trail and hiked close to 40 miles between getting to camp, and hiking out to the worksites; all at an altitude of 8,500 feet or higher. All in all, it was an AMAZING trip, with a really GREAT group of people, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.


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You can check out some of my photos from the trip HERE and see American Hiking Society's WEBSITE for their upcoming volunteer projects.

See you on the trails,
Yelena

 

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