The gift of wilderness areas is a gift that keeps on giving, providing we give back. If city streets must be maintained, then so must trails. Even the mighty Pacific Crest Trail, that stretches over 2,000 miles through the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges needs regular upkeep. Maintenance protects it as much from the forces of nature as the march of human feet.
Jack Haskel, trail information specialist for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, tells Well.org a recent clean-up was crucial to a stretch of trail heavily damaged by storms. But it was the work of mostly volunteers, people who regularly walked sections of the trail and had gained so much from it over time, who [...]
In an ideal world, we’d all love our jobs. When we can work with enthusiasm, doing something we truly like, it fires our creativity, our energy and our stamina. It also spills over into our personal life in positive ways. We can accomplish great things.
Jack Haskel, trail information specialist for the Pacific Crest Trail Association – a guy who loves his job – talked to Well.org recently about a man who followed his passions and became an American icon, John Muir. Muir founded the Sierra Club, the American environmental movement and was personal hiking buddy to President Teddy Roosevelt. The stretch of trail that began what would eventually become the Pacific Crest Trail is [...]
This summer we spent two weeks hiking the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney along the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It was part of a film shoot for an ongoing story line in the movie “Origins” which we look to release in Feb 2013. Backpacking is an amazing way of seeing the world as you carry your home on your back and each night is a new abode. Averaging about 16 miles per day, it was a bitter-sweet adventure as we constantly encountered some of the most beautiful landscapes we’d ever seen but we didn’t have enough time to stop, chill out, and enjoy it. Altogether, it was challenging and amazing. Hiking that hard at high altitude [...]