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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The Logistics Team from the REI Distribution Center in
Sumner, WA dropped in for a day of service and trail work in Mount Rainier
National Park recently. Normally having
a narrow view of Salmon Creek off in the distance through an office window,
this was a welcome change of scenery for everyone. The crew was eleven strong and ready to get
their hands dirty the moment they arrived.
After a short and scenic “mile long hike” along the Wonderland Trail
leading up to Summerland just inside the White River Entrance, the group was
met by their trail crew lead, Jen, from the Washington Trails Association. She gave an introduction to the tools the
group would be using for the project of drainage trench clearing and then everyone
spread out over the trail to begin.
|WTA's Jen Haas giving the rundown of today's project.|
After a few hours of work, the crew found a breathtaking spot to rest for lunch, and almost immediately was back to work, showing how much they really wanted to complete this project. Covering approximately a mile of trail, clearing and creating any needed drainage trenches, the group worked determinedly throughout the afternoon.
Friday, July 24, 2015
|The section of trail the Volunteers called home |
during their day of trail work.
|The Fund crew posing with thier tools below |
the magnificent view of Mount Rainier.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Wow, what a weekend this past one has been. Paradise and Sunrise were both swamped with visitors. Paradise had 4 giant size tour buses, 4 full-sized school buses each full of eager trail hikers along with 6-10 smaller tour buses. Add to this the continual parade of cars even past 5:00 p.m! Sunrise may not have had all the buses, but it did have the busiest day yet this summer. Fortunately, we had the largest group ever of rovers on the trails at Paradise talking with guests and maintaining the security of the Meadows. Thank you to all who were there - it was a crazy day! I know from an earlier blog, Sunrise did not have as many, but to those of you who braved the 500+ contacts, kudos - you are awesome.
The crowds will continue to grow as the weather stays hot and we will need all the help we can get. While it helps both Lynn and I with planning when you let us know ahead of time, feel free to just come...you will be welcome.
For the early birds, there is a radio in the Climbing Information Center at Paradise available from 7:00 a.m. Let me know if you are going to be an early bird so I can reserve that radio for you. Also, if you are late returning to the Visitor Center, you may leave your radio at the Paradise Inn registration desk.
A big thanks to all the new rovers who are recruiting new rovers! Orientations have been ongoing since the June training sessions and the newbies are hitting the trails daily.
Again, thanks for all the work you are doing. The Mountain is grateful.
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers
Monday, July 20, 2015
From John Titland:
The August Mount Rainier National Park Associates trails work party will be on Saturday, August 15th. That's a little over 4 weeks away. Following every August work party MRNPA volunteers are invited to assemble in a nearby campground for some relaxed time together, a potluck dinner, and an evening spent sitting around the campfire. (This year we may need to forego the campfire because the forest fire danger is so high.)
The August trails work party will be somewhere in the Ohana/Paradise area. I don't know the project or the location yet. After work party we will retire to the VIP campground at Longmire (not the Cougar Rock campground). The Longmire VIP campground, as those of us that have been there will tell you, is a wonderful place. It is not open to the public; only to park volunteers. Thus it is quiet and without the constant activity of a public campground. The restroom even has showers, with hot water, if you want to clean up after the work party.
For the late afternoon socializing there is also always a supply of soft drinks, wine, and beer. Dinner usually takes place about 6 PM. The potluck dinner selections are always great. We make no attempt to organize the menu. People contribute whatever they want. Not yet has everyone brought only desserts, but I can still hope. After dinner, it gets pretty mellow.
I think this August event always turns out to be a great day. I am personally inviting you to come. Spend part of the day volunteering and then join other MRNPA volunteers in a "non-work party" gathering. This is the only event each year where we take off the blue helmets and the work gloves, and really get a chance to meet and talk with our fellow volunteers. If you have other commitments and can't stay for the whole evening, then stay as long as you can. It's up to you. But if you don't need to leave, plan on camping overnight. The group campsite at the Longmire VIP campground is reserved for MRNPA volunteers for both Friday night (dinner is up to you) and Saturday night. So bring your tent and sleeping bag and spend the weekend. On Sunday morning people tend to go in different directions, but we are usually able to organize a short group hike somewhere close by. Everyone is invited to come along.
As I said, I invite you to come on August 15th, do some volunteer work, and then join the MRNPA volunteers at the Longmire VIP Campground to spend some time with a great group of folks who really care about Mount Rainier National Park.
If you plan to attend this August 15th trails work party, please reply to this email indicating that you are coming and give me the number of volunteers you expect to accompany you. I need an estimate of the number of volunteers so that Park staff can be sure to have enough tools for us all. If you plan to camp, I also need to know if you will be there for one night (Friday or Saturday) or both nights.
Mount Rainier National Park Associates
Sunday, July 19, 2015
With our latest round of summer weather, visitors are flocking to the Mountain in the hopes of escaping the heat. Lynn Kittridge reported a record number of contacts for the Sunrise area on Saturday. She spoke with 331 people, and David Howerton contacted another 580. Rovers are urgently needed for weekend duty! Lynn has eight radios available at Sunrise.
Paradise is also seeing heavy visitation, so wherever you prefer to rove, please come!
Friday, July 17, 2015
Visitors continue to ignore the signs advising them to stay on trail at Frozen Lake, so last Saturday, Art McIrvin and Tom Kittridge spent the entire day in the rain, restringing the wires surrounding the diminishing tarn. These two volunteers not only contributed their time, but also purchased the supplies needed to protect Sunrise's water supply. Thank you, gentlemen!
Frozen? Barely! The snow patch normally seen on the back side of the lake is going fast!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Families and individuals of all ages are invited to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park for a special “star viewing party” on Saturday July 18. The event starts at 9:45 PM at the plaza in front of the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. If the sky remains clear, the event will last until at least 11:45 PM. The outdoor star gazing will be led by the 2015 Mount Rainier Astro-Volunteer team. These volunteers donate the use of their personal telescopes for the public and educate about the night skies.
This event is free and open to all. The entry fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.
Information about the National Park Service Natural Lightscapes program is available at http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/lightscapes/
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Sites are available to volunteers who are actively working in the Park and should be reserved at least two weeks in advance of your anticipated tour of duty. You may specify which site you'd prefer, but remember that the best ones fill up fast! Platform tents are also available if you would prefer to camp off the ground. Contact Kevin_Bacher (at) nps.gov for more information.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015