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Leah

Co-Organizer

Mountain Butterfly

Location:

Tacoma, WA
Hometown: East Kent

Member since:

April 29, 2012

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Have you heard of, or are familiar with “Trail Etiquette”?

Yes. Up has the right of way. Limit 12 to a group. Stay on the trail. Smile, say "hello" to passerbys. Leave no trace (pack it in; pack it out). Don't poke the bear. (etc)

With “1” being no experience and “10” being a well-seasoned hiker, how would you rate your skill level on a scale from 1 to 10? (Being a marathon runner or weight lifter doesn’t mean that you are necessarily ready for moderate or strenuous hikes)

8-After a summer of conditioning I could say I am a pretty avid hiker. If you are looking to get into shape (or stay in shape) join me on my bi-weekly conditioners.

If you do not know your skill level, would you be willing to come on one of our "New Member" hikes up Rattlesnake Ledge and discuss your abilities with an organizer then? If you are well aware of your skill level, please answer “Not Applicable”

See above.

What is the favorite, most difficult hike you’ve done in WA State? If you have no experience, please answer “Not Applicable”

I have four: 1. Hoh River; I know its not that difficult, but it a beautiful area I have hiked in the Olympics. 2. Berkley/Grand Parks; Mount Rainier. Did a backpacking trip and saw my first bear in the wild! Baby marmmots, large elk, hundreds of butterflies and slept under the stars...amazing! 3. Sol Duc, again I know it is not that difficult, but the Olympics are one of my favorite places to adventure. 4. Sahale Arm-I hiked this with another host this summer and had an amazing experience. The hike was so breathtakingly beautiful...every time I turned there was a new vista to take in. *Most of my current friends are not in the best hiking shape and therefore I often settle on short or easy hikes. To start this summer I will probably do the same and look to progressively go on longer trips.

Is there a trail you have been wanting to do and would love to conquer with other members of The Seattle Hiking Group? If you do not have one, please answer “None”

Alpine Lakes. More of the Olympics. Some day I would really like to hike the entire Wonderland Trail. Really want to climb Mount Rainier, Adams, Helens and Baker...any others could be considered. I might be willing to travel out of state for adventures with people I become familiar with. I have been to Glacier National Park, would very much like to go back. I really want to hike the majority of the Oregon and California coast line and mountains. Give me the comfort of the woods and I'm a happy gal.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Leah. This last year has been one of the best, thanks! I enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, backpacking, gardening, reading, frisbee, if its outside and I'm likely to get dirty I know I will enjoy it. I am always eager to hit the trails!


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