ALDHA-West Gathering

Friday September 27 – Sunday September 29, 0mi/0km

Kim dropped me off in Truckee near where she works, and I spent the morning doing some shopping for a dinner outfit for the Aldha-West (American Long Distance Hiking Association) event this weekend. This year’s theme was “black and white”.

I met up with two other hikers, Cougar and BamBam, and the three of us carpooled to hour to Nevada City.

We arrived! It was beautiful weather, and I hung out catching up with others for a couple of hours. After Friday’s dinner was a nice musical set by a group of four hikers.

And a presentation by “OG”, who hiked the PCT in the 1970s and again in 2016.

On Saturday, there were more fun presentations and events. This was the first event of the “Hiker Olympics”, in which we had 30 seconds to fit the most possible amount of gummies into a ziploc bag, ha!

A duo of ladies gave a cool presentation about their trip on the Camino de Santiago by wheelchair. It was impressive to hear all the additional challenges of that trip!

The keynote speaker was Heather “Amish” Anderson, who was also receiving two triple crown awards that night. She is an incredible athlete, and a writer too – “2600 Miles to Home” was an exceptionally relatable book.

Then, dinner and cake!

There was the annual Triple Crown Awards ceremony after dinner, in which 40 people recieved the award. I didn’t get any photos, since my chosen outfit didn’t have any pockets for a phone. D’oh!

The next morning was spent voting for ALDHA-West board members, secretary, etc. Everyone looked kinda tired but happy after such a nice weekend.

Cougar and I left at 10am, and drove back to Reno.

We were early for Herr flight, so we went across the street, and had sushi for lunch. Excellent!

I spent the rest of the day getting ready for my next short hike, which I will detail in the next blog post…

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