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Pride Month LGBTQ+ Gorge Trail Party – with Washington Trails Association!

June 26 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Free - $20.00
A day of trail stewardship and fun by and for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Crew Leader: Susan

Max Size of Crew: 12

Hike Distance: <2 miles

Elevation Gain: <1000′

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Work Difficulty: Easy

Work Description: We’ll be doing some basic maintenance on Gorge trails while learning a lot and hanging out with fellow queer folks.

Project Overview:

If you’ve ever been curious about trail work but have been shy about giving it a chance (OR if you’re a total trail work professional — either way), this PRIDE event is for you! Spend a fabulous day working and learning with other queer folks–pride attire encouraged! (Though please still wear sturdy boots and pants and a shirt with long sleeves :).

At the end of the day, everyone, including the folks on our sister Pride trail party with the Washington Trails Association, is invited to Cascade Locks for as much distanced/vaccinated picnicking, beer, party, and prizes as you’re comfortable with. Camping and hotels are available in Cascade Locks or nearby if you want to make a night of it.

Hiking information:

We’ll hike a short distance to our project site at a comfortable pace for all. We’ll take our lunches and tools for the day with us.

What to expect:

Experienced queer crew leaders will teach you everything you need to know to have a safe and fun day on the trail. We’ll have a thorough safety talk at 8:30am, hike in to the project site, and each work at our own pace. We’ll take breaks and eat lunch and return to the cars by 3:30pm so we can go picnic at Cascade Locks with our sister WTA Pride crew. If this trail party is sold out, you can check to see if there’s room at the WTA event here https://www.wta.org/volunteer/schedule/workparty/a2m2K00000AVd4v/

You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours proceeding the event. The crew leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

You should expect to participate in this trail party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available)
  • Cloth mask and hand sanitizer

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. No tennis shoes allowed for this trail party)
  • Work gloves (loaner gloves available)
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions:

Detailed directions to the project site and the picnic location will be sent to registrants 48 hours before the event.

COVID-19 Procedures **Please follow all civil authority restrictions for your community. **

In accordance with civil authority restrictions and land manager requirements for safety considerations, the following policies are currently in place:

• All volunteers will watch in the TKO COVID-19 Safety Lab, a broad safety orientation of TKO Safety Policy & Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.

• All volunteers must administer a health self-evaluation prior to attending in-person volunteer events (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

• All volunteers will read and sign the TKO Volunteer Waiver updated for COVID-19 for release and indemnity of TKO and the land manager partner. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.

• Volunteers must bring their own cloth mask and hand sanitizer.

• Tools will be sanitized prior to the event.

• No carpools will be arranged by TKO for the time being.

For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, see our safety manual, available here.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.

Details

Date:
June 26
Time:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost:
Free - $20.00
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Venue

Columbia River Gorge: Trail to be announced.
TBD
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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