Since my daughter headed up the screening and selection process for a couple of years running I know a little bit about it. Be forewarned that it is probably very different than what you might think it is. They try to select a very diverse group of girls that seem inspired but would not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in such a program. I think having outdoor experience in the mountains or even growing up around mountains has little or nothing to do with it. Also, they select 8-10 girls from all over the world so the odds of getting selected are very low. I think my daughter got accepted because she had been raised in the sand dunes of the middle east. However, they are running more programs now so the odds are much better. Failing that, you can inspire her by taking her out as often as possible.
Hannah is moving through Oregon while leaving some fires and smoke behind she will be approaching another area where there is a fire and a Pass which may end up being closed, she has had to detour due to fire and smoke multiple times and also due to stretches lacking reliable water availability. I only get brief periods to talk with her as she hikes I hear the clickity click of trekking poles as she talks and walks, her group is averaging 34 miles a day and she had no smoke yesterday. Her favorite areas were going to be the Sierras and Washington State but if the smoke persist she may turn back in Portland and do the Sierras instead of Washington State next. She is getting weary of the long stretches of being engulfed in forest through Oregon and wants some views.
Had a broken conversation with Hannah before her call dropped. They hiked the entire Mount Jefferson wilderness yesterday with miles of lava rock, she slept under Mt. Jefferson. Overall it was mostly clear, but she could see the smoke to the North.
Wildernessed, I've followed this thread since it began. It's neat hearing second hand about Hannah's adventure. It reminds me of Opus's PCT hike and how his progress was reported on this site. VERY COOL!
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