board members

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Kate "Drop-n-Roll" Hoch

President

DNR hails from Portland, and has thru- hiked the PCT, CDT, ODT, Hayduke and some high routes, From 2015-19 she formerly served as secretary on the board. She's refreshed and excited to be serving AW again.

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Amanda "Zuul" Jameson

Vice President

Amanda "Zuul" Jameson learned about the long trails in 2013, and has centered her life around the outdoors and the greater hiking community since then. While she's hiked about 3300 miles over the course of the CT, the PCT, and half of the GET, she's more focused on giving back. She's raised thousands of dollars for charity over the course of her hikes, volunteered at the ADZPCTKO and the ALDHA-West Rockies Ruck, and spent a year traveling the country as a Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. Her writing has appeared in Backpacker, Treeline Review, and Griots Republic, and she also maintains her own blog, Brown Girl on the NST, which strives to promote diversity in the outdoors by documenting her hikes with attention to her subject position as a black woman. In addition to her position on the ALDHA-West board, she's working for a non-profit that seeks to diversify the outdoors industry.

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Anne "Kimchi" Hildebrand

Secretary

Anne "Kimchi" Hildebrand never expected to become a hiker, having been excused from PE during high school for spinal abnormalities. After learning to hike while living in Patagonia, and then living out of a Honda Civic in the US Southwest, she thought her big adventure was going to be a two week solo backpacking trip. Needless to say, that backpacking trip turned into the PCT, which turned into the CDT, the Te Araroa and part of the Camino (while pushing a wheelchair, the only hike where she gained upper-body strength). 

She's so grateful to the multitudes of people that go into making long-distance hiking a reality and hopes to positively add her small contribution to that work here at ALDHA-West. Her day job has been everything from teaching English in Korea's second-largest metropolis to nannying four boys in the Australian Outback. For now, she's working in HR at a San Francisco startup focused on public transit. No matter what she's doing, she wants to leave the earth a little better than she found it.

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Jackie "Peaches" Orange

Treasurer

I have a four year accounting degree and have spent over five years working in the public accounting industry. I took a sabbatical in 2018 and thruhiked the AT. I have been travelling around the world since then. In my spare time, I volunteered as bookkeeper/treasurer for a couple organizations over the last few years. I really appreciate what ALDHA-WEST does for the outdoor community and I would love to give back to the outdoors by assisting ALDHA-WEST in any way I can. 

Danielle "Giggles" O'Farrell

Officer at Large

Danielle “Giggles” began centering her life around long distance hiking after her Pacific Crest Trail hike in 2017 and has gone on to hike the Southern Sierra High Route to the Sierra High Route (’18), Lowest to Highest (‘18), Continental Divide Trail (’19) and the Wind River High Route (’19).   Drawing on her experience as a Wilderness EMT and Leave No Trace Master Educator, Danielle works in San Francisco as an outdoor educator introducing new folks to backpacking and helping hikers increase their confidence in the outdoors. As a way of giving back to the hiking community and to spend more time with awesome hikers, she also volunteers helping Scout and Frodo, the PCTA, ALDA-West at the NorCal RUCKs, writing articles for various organizations and volunteering with a local non-profit, Bay Area Wilderness Training.

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Theo "Blis" Davis

Officer at Large

After 5 years living and working abroad in Peace Corps (Kyrgyzstan) and the Middle East (United Arab Emirates), Theo moved back with his wife to the Pacific Northwest.  In 2012 Theo took his first overnight backpacking trip in a very long time in the Indian Heaven Wilderness and barely made it back to the car.  However, on this same trip he also had his first encounter with PCT hikers on the trail and it created a spark.  Every summer since he’s embarked on longer and more successful backpacking trips including the WT, TRT, JMT and in 2017 the PCT.  He owes much of his success to ALDHA for training and mentoring his hiking advancement.

Theo currently works as a project manager with the University of Oregon.  In his spare time when he’s not hiking he enjoys staying in touch with his trail family, planning his next adventure and developing outdoor products.  He’s grateful to be a part of ALDHA-West and have the opportunity to give back to the community, and make hiking accessible to everyone.

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart

Officer at Large

Mary was introduced to the concept of long-distance hiking after her father interpreted a Yosemite National Park trail sign in 1957 before she could read. In 1971, she abandoned Berkeley, CA to backpack in Yosemite with a $5 Boy Scout pack and a couple pounds of sunflower seeds and raisins. She is happily retired now, but from 1977 to 2007 she had a career with several Federal agencies managing wildland fire. Besides the uncounted miles traipsing around numerous wildfires in 11 western states, she has completed many miles of long-distance hiking including the PCT, AZT, CT, Bigfoot Trail, ODT, GET, 600 miles of the Hayduke Trail, the Brooks Range in Alaska, the Kumano Kodo in Japan and Scotland’s Great Glen Way. She lives in Ashland, Oregon. Her current interest is recognizing the needs and accomplishments of senior hikers--teaching long-distance hiking classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University and leading trips with a local senior hiking group. 

Her hiking journals are at www.postholer.com/fireweed

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Tyler "The Prodigy" Lau

Officer at Large

Tyler Lau, trail name: The Prodigy, grew up in playing outside and found outdoor spaces in cities just as fascinating as in forests and mountains.

 

In regards to the long distance hiking world he first discovered the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. On that thru hike he realized the immense beauty and growth that could be experienced while on trail.

 

In 2018 he hiked the Calendar Year Triple Crown with the purpose of changing the narrative of the outdoors and thru hiking. His goal was to raise awareness, education about diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors. He became the first Asian-American and first Person of Color to hike a triple crown in a year. 

 

He wants to join the ALDHA-West board to better represent people whose voices may not be heard from the trail, to help change the narrative for hikers of all abilities and to foster a more diverse, inclusive and equitable community in the long distance hiking community.

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Lisa "Hummingbird" Pulsifer

Officer at Large

Hi, I’m Hummingbird, section hiker extraordinaire! I live in the Pacific Northwest with access to the PCT and the PNT as well as thousands of other incredible trails. Since 2016 I’ve put a couple thousand miles under my boots two to three weeks at a time. I write about my adventures on my personal blog, in a local publication, and on TheTrek.co.

This year I volunteered to be editor of the ALDHA-West Gazette. I gave the publication a much-needed makeover and I got a sneak peak at the inner workings of this organisation. I’m running for Member-At-Large because I want to take on more of a role within ALDHA-West, increase the reach of the Gazette and help bring more long-distance hikers into the growing ALDHA-West campground.

 
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