Locals hit trails in annual Hike-a-Thon

July 27, 2010

The only thing better than hiking for exercise is hiking for a worthy cause.

Two local women are participating in the seventh annual Hike-a-Thon, a monthlong benefit put on by the Washington Trails Association each year.

Each registered hiker collects donations and sponsorships for the association throughout July and then, beginning Aug. 1, spends the entire month hiking Washington’s beautiful trails.

Every dollar collected goes toward the maintenance of local trails, as well as creating new trails across the state.

About 60 hikers have registered thus far, including Helen Owen, of Issaquah, and Rosie Sgrosso, of Newcastle.

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Trail safety encouraged after attack on hiker

May 11, 2010

Linda Vanderwall hikes challenging Poo Poo Point Trail on Tiger Mountain several times each week and sometimes she makes the steep trek alone.

Vanderwall became more cautious after the April 24 attack on a Seattle woman working on Tiger Mountain Trail, but she refused to alter her routine. Instead, she started toting a mobile phone during hikes after the attack.

“I’m not going to be forced to curtail my exercise because of some guy,” she said last week.

Instead, she hopes to bring together other hikers — especially women — to hike Tiger Mountain without worry.

The woman in the attack said a man dressed in running gear and armed with a stun gun shocked her with the device and pushed her to the ground at about 10:40 a.m. on a Saturday morning — a time when the trail draws weekend hikers and runners.

The woman — part of a state work crew — fought her attacker, escaped and reported the incident. Police continue to search for the suspect.

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Rescuers pluck crashed paraglider from trees

July 21, 2009


A Whidbey Island Naval Air Station helicopter retrieves a rescuer from Tiger Mountain after airlifting a crashed paraglider June 14. By Greg Farrar

A Whidbey Island Naval Air Station helicopter retrieves a rescuer from Tiger Mountain after airlifting a crashed paraglider June 14. By Greg Farrar

A paraglider pilot crashed into trees on Tiger Mountain Tuesday afternoon, ending his otherwise uneventful flight with broken ribs. Crews freed the trapped pilot from trees during a dramatic rescue as afternoon turned to evening.

Authorities identified the pilot as 47-year-old Spanaway resident Gene Beaver.

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Rescuers pluck paraglider pilot from trees after Tiger Mountain crash

July 14, 2009

UPDATED — 11:45 a.m. July 16, 2009

A paraglider pilot crashed into trees on Tiger Mountain Tuesday afternoon, ending his otherwise uneventful flight with broken ribs. Crews freed the trapped pilot from trees during a dramatic rescue as afternoon turned to evening.

Authorities identified the pilot as 47-year-old Spanaway resident Gene Beaver.*

A Navy Blackhawk helicopter based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island plucked the pilot from the woods while local crews worked on the ground.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Firefighter Ryan Hendricks said the Navy helicopter crew loaded the injured paraglider pilot into a basket to lift him from Tiger Mountain. EFR crews and King County Search and Rescue, a volunteer group, coordinated the rescue on the ground as the Navy chopper and news helicopters whirred overhead.

A Navy helicopter from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station retrieves a Navy corpsman from Tiger Mountain after they had airlifted out a paraglider that landed in the treetops June 14 and suffered broken ribs. — Photo by Greg Farrar

A Navy helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island retrieves a Navy corpsman from Tiger Mountain after the crew airlifted a paraglider that crashed into treetops July 14 and suffered broken ribs. — Photo by Greg Farrar

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Joe Haldeman paraglides on 80th birthday / July 10, 2009

July 14, 2009

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