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Ep. 4 - Youth in the Parks

Updated: Aug 3

Today's youth will define how our communities shape our public lands going forward. Two friends of the podcast, Tigran Nahabedian and Anna Gibbons, discuss their experiences as ambassadors of our State and National Parks.

Tigran is a NPS Junior Ranger program and National Park Trust's Student Buddy Bison Ambassador and Anna (13:00) has spent two summers as a Park Ranger in various Oregon State Parks. Both talk about how they came to love their local parks, why they serve park interests, and share their favorite hikes and places.

Feature Trail: Hamilton Mountain (recap here)

  • Trailhead: Beacon Rock State Park (WA), north side of parking lot

  • Mileage: 7.6 mi RT , 2,100 ft elevation gain

  • Notes: Washington Discovery Parking Pass required, waterfalls, all-season hike

Feature Brewery: Thunder Island Brewing Company

  • Beer: Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

  • Malts: Rahr 2-Row, Crisp Crystal 60L

  • Hops: Centennial, Cascade

  • Original Gravity (Plato): 1.065

  • International Bitterness Units: 64

  • Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%

#outdoors #choosemountains #backpacking #ColumbiaGorge #ChannelIslands #hiking #optoutside

Anna Gibbons at Hamilton Mountain, overlooking the Columbia Gorge

Tigran Nahabedian, Student Buddy Bison Ambassador

Riley Smith

It took me 'til I was 34 and in a retreat session on body expressions when I realized I get the most excited when I'm talking about hiking. Well, a podcast on hiking seemed like the only solution.


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