The Board and staff of ALDHAWest would like to welcome you to our inaugural launch of our online rendition of the Gazette.
The “Distance Hiker’s Gazette” was first published in the winter of ’95. Over the years, and various editors, the paper version of the Gazette grew from black and white copy to a more appealing and professional looking color publication. One of the features of many Gazette issues was the “The Mailbag” where AW members responded to a specific topic. However, it usually would be months before they could be published.
In recent years, to curb rising costs of mailing and printing, we moved the Gazette to pdf format. The pdf format allowed the reader to access URLs while reading online and for us to post more pertinent images with the articles. But, again, member interaction was slow to non existent and only published every three months.
Now we launch our active online publication of the Gazette. Here we hope to have the new Gazette be an active forum, full of engaging articles and information, buoyed by our memberships’ collective experience, insights and comments.
One of our goals is to post new items every week. To accomplish this we need material, ideas and writers. No matter that you don’t think you can write, neither can I. I am at best a pitiful hack, not a writer. It’s the job of the editor to make a writer look good and our editor, Charles, is incredible!