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"I come down to the water to cool my eyes. But everywhere I look I see fire; that which isn't flint is tinder, and the whole world sparks and flames." —Annie Dillard
Welcome to Portland Women's Hiking & Wilderness Community (PWHWC)! This group hopes to encompass a diverse array of interests and experience levels, whether you are new to hiking or an experienced backcountry traveler. Our members and organizers are enthralled with the vast beauty offered by the natural world, and we strive to explore the exquisitely multifaceted aspects of the Wilderness in every way possible. We hike, bike, walk, backpack, snowshoe, snow camp, climb, car camp, swim, go on wildflower treks, observe wildlife — and everything in between. Our calendar is always expanding and evolving in an effort to be vibrant, welcoming, and exciting. Please do join to see the full breadth of events we have to offer (our organizers are constantly adding to the calendar, and you can even take a peek at events all the way through Winter of 2016 : )
Nature photography is also an element of our excursions; we welcome photographers of all skill levels to revel in the recondite rumbles of land/sea/moon/star/alpen-scapes vis-à-vis the photographic lens.
The Pacific Northwest (and, of course, the wild, wuthering worlds beyond — don't hesitate to suggest a wild-flight to, say, Death Valley...or Banff...Glacier National Park...Canyonlands — and-and-and) are brimming over with opportunities for adventure. Places where we venture include (but aren't limited to): the Columbia River Gorge; Mount Hood; Glacier Peak Wilderness; the Redwoods; the Coast; the Olympics; Rainier; the North Cascades; Alpine Lakes Wilderness; Saint Helens; the Wallowas; Goat Rocks; the San Juans; Hart Mountain; the Painted Hills; Mount Jefferson; Crater Lake; the Steens; Honeycombs; Owyhee; Rogue River; Three Sisters; Mount Adams; Hells Canyon; Marble Mountain Wilderness; Snake River; Oregon Caves; et al.
We also take the time to appreciate the bountiful expanses of nature within the Portland Metro area, such as Forest Park, Mount Tabor, Powell Butte, Tryon Creek, and the numerous other pretty parks and preserves for which Portland is renowned.
As proponents of Wilderness conservation, we aim to give back to the Wilderness community via myriad stewardship opportunities. Our group regularly participates in volunteer work parties in the Gorge, on Mount Tabor, Forest Park, the Coast, and in the majestic mountain ranges around us. We ardently believe in environmental education, as well as skill-building, and take part in classes that advocate map & compass training; practice the principles of Leave No Trace; attend presentations on variegated topics such as the flora, fauna, and wild places of the planet; go to environmental and alpine film festivals; backpacking, hiking, & climbing seminars; and more.
Our organizers are quite amenable to suggestions for event ideas and how to improve our community, so, please contact us with your invaluable input. We warmly welcome new organizers; if you would like to contribute your ideas to our calendar and see them actualized, we would love to have you on board as Event Organizers — just let us know.
This group is suitable for explorers of all levels and abilities; each trip includes a detailed description and will indicate whether the event is "easy", "moderate", or "difficult". There's never any need to feel self-conscious about your abilities; we are here to support and inspire one another, and we do our best to facilitate safe, innovative, inclusive, and exhilarating adventures for everyone. Many of our members have significantly developed hiking, mountaineering, photography, and backpacking skills through learning from one another — as well as close friendships — no "cliques" or "hiker hierarchies" here.
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