American Long Distance Hiking Association - West

Upcoming events

    • 25 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Marine Park Pavilion, 395 SW Portage Rd, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
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    Interested in long distance backpacking? Come to an ALDHA-West Ruck!  New presentation topics in 2017 will be of interest to both new and experienced long distance hikers.

    Speakers and activities this year include:

    - Trail Nutrition with Aria Zoner
    - Trail Ettiquette with Allgood and Snorkel
    - Ultralight gear panel with experienced thru-hikers
    - Section hiking the PCT in Oregon with Eli Boschetto
    - Pack shakedowns
    - Jeff "Legend" Garmire share his experience hiking the Calendar Year Triple Crown
    - Trail breakout sessions specific to the PCT, PNT, CDT, JMT, and Wonderland Trail - ask questions and learn more about your upcoming hike! 
    - Used gear sale and food swap (see below for info)

     Breakfast and lunch included!   

     Click here for complete event schedule

    On site vendors and organizations:
    Gossamer GearMontbellFriends of the Columbia Gorge, Purple Rain Adventure Skirts, PCTA Mt Hood Chapter, Next Adventure, Mountain Shop, PNTA, Six Moon Designs, hikertrash, Oregon Desert Trail, book signing by Eli Boschettoand Girl Scout cookies!

    If you wish to stay in Cascade Locks overnight, the Best Western Columbia River Inn (541-374-8777) is offering a special rate for ALDHA-West Ruck attendees. Must book by Feb 15.

    Riverview guestroom with two queen beds $116.99+tax
    Hillside guestroom with one king bed $103.49+tax

    Used Gear Sale:
    Have some used gear you want to sell? Bring it along!  Looking to pick up some affordable gear? Bring some cash!  Connect directly with other attendees.

    Food Swap:
    Bring 5 or more portions of home created goods that you are prepared to part with (they can all be the same thing or a mix). Normally, these food swaps are all homemade, but if you have a ton of pre-made bars or packaged food that you decide you can no longer gag down, it’s ok to bring them to swap, too! 
    Please keep track of all the ingredients, whether it is organic, gluten free, vegan, has nuts, etc. Bring a sample of your food (we can provide hot water to rehydrate homemade dinners as well as cutlery). Then we will swap!

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Camp Lindblad, near Santa Cruz, CA
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    Interested in long distance backpacking? Come to the first annual Northern California ALDHA-West Ruck!  New for 2017 we are having a Ruck in California!

    Topics include:

    Trail Nutrition with Aria Zoner
    Lightweight backpacking
    Pack shakedowns
    Trail and town etiquette
    Resupply strategy
    and more!

    Includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

    Overnight camping on site permitted, breakfast Sunday provided.

    See full schedule of events here!

    Directions to Camp Lindblad

    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401
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    Interested in long distance backpacking? Come to the Rockies Ruck co-hosted by ALDHA-West and the CDTC!

    2017 Topics include:

    • Trail Nutrition with Aria Zoner
    • Ultralight gear review with experienced hikers
    • Lightning, Snow and Bears, Oh My! Dangers in the backcountry
    • Jean Ella on her 1978 thru-hike of the CDT
    • Breakout sessions on CT, CDT, PCT, Teton Crest Trail
    • Pack Shakedowns
    Breakfast and lunch included.

    • 18 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Cascade Locks, OR


    Pacific Crest Trail Days is an annual 3-day festival that promotes outdoor recreation, with a focus on hiking, camping, and backpacking.  Attendees are able to check out the latest outdoor products from exhibiting sponsors, participate in activities & games, win awesome gear at the raffles, enjoy local food and beverages, listen to live music, and relax in the beautiful setting in the Marine Park of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  All raffle proceeds are donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West.  PCT DAYS is free to attend, with a small fee for overnight camping on Thunder Island.  Don’t miss out on being a part of a great time at PCT DAYS!

    Camping on Thunder Island


    Lots of Vendors with Raffles and Games!!!


    Food Trucks and Beer/Wine Garden

    Don’t Forget the Hiker’s Breakfast on Sunday Morning at the ALDHA-West Booth


    For more event information visit

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Keystone Science School, Keystone CO
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    Mark your calender for the first ever ALDHA-West Gathering in Colorado!

    More details and registration to follow.

Past events

04 Feb 2017 Inland NW Ruck
30 Sep 2016 The Gathering
19 Aug 2016 PCT Days
12 Mar 2016 Colorado Rockies Winter Ruck
27 Feb 2016 Cascade Winter Ruck
13 Feb 2016 Inland NW Winter Ruck
30 Jan 2016 12 Long Walks with Cam "Swami" Honan
07 Nov 2015 Fall Hiker Fest

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