Wednesday, October 12, 2016

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good-bye!

Another beautiful summer has come to a close and it is time for me to leave the mountain for the winter.  Once again, Meadow Rovers have given their hearts, souls, aching feet, and 6709 hours to the visitors at Mount Rainier National Park.  You have deputized at least 50,000 young hikers as caretakers of the flowers, distributed thousands of flower brochures, answered a million questions, and carried out way too many bags of garbage.  All in all, your total contacts numbered 137,237 visitors.

Sunrise roving has ended with the closing of the White River WIC.  Paradise on the other hand will be open to rovers with the following guidelines:


  1. Pick up radios at the Longmire museum which opens at 9:00.
  2. Return radios before 4:30.
  3. Be sure to sign out and sign back in.
  4. Solo Rovers must remain below Glacier Vista, below the Skyline/Golden Gate junction, and below the Skyline/Mazama Ridge junction.
  5. Weather pemitting, teams may do the complete Skyline.


  1. Sign out and radios will be in the Rover Office in the JVC opening at 10:00.
  2. Return to JVC by 4:15 p.m.
  3. Check with rangers on duty or designated supervisor  as to needed areas of coverage.

On Any Given Rove

  1. Be sure that you are carrying the 10 Essentials at all times.  In an emergency situation, you may be out longer than anticipated.  
  2. Check the weather forecast before going out on the trail.
  3. Allow yourself enough time to return radios at the end of the day.  
  4. Alert your supervisor or JVC (dispatch is last resort) of anything that might delay you.
  5. Keep your radio on and listen for safety updates.
  6. BE SAFE – you are most important to our program.


If you are not planning to return to meadow roving, would you kindly return your uniform shirt? They can be washed and re-issued.


Please oh please, check your backpacks for the elastic/Velcro armbands used during the cold days of May and June.  We started with 15 and now have 3.  They are much needed by the winter Snow Rover Program.  They can be mailed to:

Meadow Rover Program
c/o Kevin Bacher
55210 238th Ave E
Ashford, WA 98304

I have enjoyed making new friends and welcoming the returning rovers.  I look forward to seeing all your bright and shiny faces next summer!  Be safe and enjoy the winter.

Maureen McLean
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers

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