It's that time of year again. I am getting ready for the WTA Hike-a-thon. Studying trail maps and reading trip reports to pick some great trails to hike on in August and spreading the word to everyone I know to help raise money for Washington State Trails.
First of all, thanks to everyone who supported me in 2008 for the Washington Trails Association hike-a-thon. We raised over $1600! Ryan and I did some trail work this year at Mt. Rainier for Earth Day
and we saw first hand the amazing things that WTA accomplishes by rebuilding and repairing the trails every season. As usual, I will be hiking during the entire month of August, I hope to get in at least 50 miles. You can pledge a flat donation, such as $50 or an amount per mile, such as $1 per mile. Any contributions over $35 will be eligible for Washington Trails Association Membership. (With membership you receive a Washington Trails Magazine) and all donations are tax deductible. Every little bit helps! Last year I had pledges as low as 10 cents per mile or a flat $3. It all adds up. Just to let you know what your dollars can accomplish, WTA sent me a breakdown of how they use the money.
$25-$99 Can provide treats for a team of volunteers
$100-$249 Can Outfit a crew in hardhats
$250-$499 WTA can purchase 5 or more new trail tools
$500-$749 WTA can lead 1 annual maintenance trip on a popular trail
$750-$999 WTA can lead two rehabilitation work parties
$1,000+ WTA can restore 1 mile (or more) of backcountry trail
I will be updating my blog with all my hiking adventures and the WTA has a webpage for me to track my pledges:
You can donate directly through that page with your credit card. Or if you do not want to make a pledge by credit card to the website, checks can be made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) and mailed to me. Of course, cash is always welcome.
Thanks so much!