Meet Our Parks Adventurer Lace Thornberg

Our Parks Adventurer Lace Thornberg's goal is to end this summer with a backpacking trip in one of Washington's National Parks while raising funds for Mountaineers youth programs.
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August 31, 2016
Meet Our Parks Adventurer Lace Thornberg

Meet Our Park's Adventurer Lace Thornberg, who, with one last weekend of this challenge left to go, is ready to overnight it in Olympic National Park. 

her adventure

Lace's adventure goal is to go on her first backpacking trip of the summer. "Finally!" she says. A couple of doozy illnesses sent her back to “hiking square one” this summer, and not being able to backpack or climb the way she normally would have has confirmed just how important backpacking is to Lace—physically and mentally. "I don't want to go backpacking," she says, "I need to go backpacking." 

Now that Lace is able to carry some weight and gain some elevation, her goal is to hike the High Divide Loop in Olympic National Park, one of the trails featured in 100 Classic Hikes: Washington by Mountaineers Books. It's 20.5 miles, with 4,175 feet of gain. "That might not sound hard," she says, "but it’s leaps and bounds further than what I was able to do in June." Now, just wish her luck on scoring walk-up permits!

why it matters

Lace's goal is to raise $500 for Mountaineer's youth programs. She is taking part in this challenge so that The Mountaineers can introduce youth across Washington to all the lessons and pleasures that the great outdoors have to offer.


Make a tax-deductible donation of any size before September 5 to Adventurer Lace Thornberg and show her your support!


Click here for more details about this adventure-based peer-to-peer fundraising event and learn how you can help us get more kids outside!

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Joanna Coffey
Joanna Coffey says:
Sep 01, 2016 09:39 AM

woot woot! Glad you are feeling better!!