ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team Again Awarded a Top Fundraiser

For the second year in a row, the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon team was awarded for raising the most funds for a company team during the August 2022 Hike-a-Thon to support the Washington Trails Association (WTA).

“We are so proud of the ALLtech team for showing such strong support for the Washington Trails Association,” said ALLtech Hike-a-Thon team member Ken Myer, who is also the trustee of ALLtech Benefits. “Hike-a-Thon is always such a fun event and the work of the WTA aligns so closely with our mission. Our trail system is a treasure and getting out in nature is so good for our health.”

The coveted prize ALLtech team members are gearing up for is an invitation to join WTA Interim CEO Jaime Loucky on a hand-picked hike and learn insider information on WTA’s work for the next year. Read more about the prizes that were awarded to both individual participants and teams.

The ALLtech team was one of 70 registered for this year’s 19th annual Hike-a-Thon, the second-largest ever. Click the above image or check out the corresponding WTA blog for a recap of winners and other notable numbers, including:

  • Hike-a-Thoners registered: 521
  • Miles hiked: 13,640 miles
  • Elevation gained: 2,347,847 feet
  • Dollars raised for trails: $212,113

Why ALLtech Supports Hike-a-Thon and Washington Trails Association

At ALLtech, we believe that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and we know that supporting Washington Trails Association will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.

In addition to participating as a team, ALLtech also was a sponsor of the 2022 Hike-a-Thon, along with partners Delta Dental of Washington and Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions. To learn more, please watch our below video: Trails for Everyone, Forever.

Mount Shuksan

Close Out Hike-a-Thon 2022 with Stunning Views from Lake Ann

As the final weekend of Hike-a-Thon kicks off, ALLtech would like to give an early thank you to its amazing team and many donors who are all working together to help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.

Since 2019, ALLtech has been participating in the annual Hike-a-Thon fundraiser each August to support the Washington Trails Association and its belief that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health.

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team graphicTogether with GeekWire — the exclusive partner for ALLtech’s unique employee benefits program — we are again hitting the trails all month long as the ALLtech team.

Among some of our more beloved hikes is the above video recommendation from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer to head to Lake Ann in the North Cascades.

“You’ll get an absolutely stunning view of Mount Shuksan,” Ken says about the 8.2-mile hike, which he also explains starts with a downgrade and ends with an upgrade.

For more specific directions and other tips, check out the Lake Ann hiking guide from the Washington Trails Association, where you can also view recent trip reports and more information to prepare for your hike.

Join or Donate to the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team

Even though Hike-a-Thon officially ends on August 31, you can join or donate anytime until then, and you have until September 7 to complete your mileage log. For more information or to register, visit the Hike-a-Thon website and check out their resources including the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit and FAQ.

More importantly, if you’re looking for a team to join or to donate to, please consider the ALLtech team!

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on the trails!

Looking for Majestic Views on Your Next Hike? Head to Lake Ingalls

Whether you’re participating in Hike-a-Thon to support Washington Trails Association or are just looking for a beautiful escape to the mountains, consider the above video recommendation from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer.

“If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we really do cherish the time we spend out on the trails and in nature,” he says. “It’s good for the heart – physically – and good for the soul.”

Ken, who is a proud member of the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon team, recommends Lake Ingalls in the Teanaway, a 9-mile hike described beautifully by Washington Trails Association (WTA): “The lake is a spectacular sky-blue and surrounded by rocks that fall in giant slabs into the water’s sandy floor. Ingalls Peaks reach high above the lake on the one side, while Mount Stuart stands majestically to its northeast. There are few places as lovely as this.”

Join or Donate to the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team graphicAt ALLtech, we believe that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and we know that supporting Washington Trails Association will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever. We hope you’ll consider joining the challenge or just be inspired to enjoy the amazing trail system that spans throughout the Pacific Northwest.

For more information or to register for Hike-a-Thon, visit the Hike-a-Thon website and check out their resources including the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit and FAQ.

More importantly, if you’re looking for a team to join or to donate to, please consider the ALLtech team!

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on the trails!

Lake 22

Head to Lake 22 for the Start of Hike-a-Thon

Today launches the start of the Hike-a-Thon fundraiser to support the Washington Trails Association, and ALLtech is encouraging you to get involved or just get moving with the above hike recommendation for Lake 22 from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myers.

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team graphic“Lake 22 is one of my favorite hikes,” Ken says of the 5.4-mile trail that features old-growth forests despite being easily accessed in the North Cascades. You can learn more about the hike as you get to know the resources available through the Washington Trails Association, whose Hiking Guide includes descriptions of trails and user Trip Reports, including for Lake 22.

In addition to helping Washington state hikers looking for their next adventure, you can turn to the wta.org site for Trail Smarts tips for both new and experienced hikers, ways to get involved, and much more. Washington Trails Association also is a leader in advocacy to support trails and wildlands, and is responsible for creating the state’s largest volunteer trail maintenance program.

Becoming a member might be the easiest way to support Washington Trails Association, but joining Hike-a-Thon – the organization’s signature fundraiser – is definitely the most fun way to give back.

Which is why ALLtech is joining the fun for the fourth consecutive year, both as the ALLtech team and as a sponsor.

Connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and the ALLtech team believes that supporting Washington Trails Association through Hike-a-Thon will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for the challenge if you haven’t already. It’s easy to register with plenty of resources including the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit and FAQ. And we’d gladly take you on the ALLtech team!

Keep an eye on the ALLtech Twitter feed for hiking tips and more in the weeks to come. We’ll see you on the trails!

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team to Help Support Trails for Everyone, Forever

ALLtech is once again taking its commitment to health and wellness to the trails by sponsoring the Hike-a-Thon fundraiser to support the Washington Trails Association. To make an even bigger impact, we are also inviting you to join our ALLtech fundraising team so together we can support the trails we love while hiking throughout August.

Connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and the ALLtech team and its partners – including fellow sponsors Delta Dental of Washington and Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions – believe that supporting Washington Trails Association through Hike-a-Thon will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.

How You Can Participate in Hike-a-Thon

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team graphicHike-a-Thon is a community fundraising event that gives hikers the opportunity to raise funds for Washington Trails Association. Throughout August, Hike-a-Thon participants hike, share stories of their outdoor adventures, and raise funds that directly support trails in Washington.

Registration is free and simple, with plenty of tips available via the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit. You will have the opportunity to choose whether to hike as an individual or to create or join a team of two to 10 hikers. Consider forming a team with your family, friends or colleagues, and of course you’re always welcome to join the ALLtech team!

Why Support Washington Trails Association

The Washington Trails Association is a nonprofit that mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands.

Its robust website, wta.org, is the go-to source for Washington state hikers looking for their next adventure. But the wealth of resources expands well beyond recommending your next hike, including Trail Smarts tips for both new and experienced hikers, ways to get involved, and much more.

Washington Trails Association also is a leader in advocacy to support trails and wildlands, and is responsible for creating the state’s largest volunteer trail maintenance program.

Becoming a member might be the easiest way to support Washington Trails Association, but joining Hike-a-Thon – the organization’s signature fundraiser – is definitely the most fun way to give back.

Need Hiking Tips?

It’s never too early to start planning your Hike-a-Thon destinations, and we’ve got plenty of resources to get you started! Of course, the best place to turn to is the Washington Trails Association’s website, wta.org. Use the Hiking Guide to find a hike based on region, length, user ratings and other features, or check out the site’s Trip Reports or recommendations based by season.

Keep an eye on our ALLtech News or Twitter feed for hiking tips and more in the weeks to come. We’ll see you on the trails!

Panther Creek Falls

Waterfalls 101 and Where to Find 12 of the State’s Best

As the spring thaw brings water rushing down our mountainsides, get ready for the peak of waterfall season!

Our friends at the Washington Trails Association can help you understand the basic classifications of waterfalls and find examples of each with its Waterfall Field Guide: 12 Hikes to 4 Types of Falls.

We’ll get you started with the image above of Panther Creek Falls, which is known as a “horsetail” waterfall because of the way it descends along a near-vertical face while staying in contact with the rock face as it falls.

This is a great stop along the Columbia River Gorge for hikers at any level, at just 0.16 miles and a nice viewing deck for the falls. Read more and plan your visit at wta.org.

ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team Awarded a Top Fundraiser

The ALLtech team took its passion for wellness to the trails during Hike-a-Thon this August, raising the most by a company team for the annual event that supports the Washington Trails Association (WTA). Together the 10 ALLtech team members raised $7,056, contributing to the total raised during Hike-a-Thon to a new record of $229,671.

ALLtech team member Kristi Gray also was awarded for Most Miles Hiked by a Thru Hiker at 324.9 miles. These were among the record-breaking statistics announced at the culmination of the event that gives hikers the opportunity to both support and enjoy the trails they love. This year’s ground-breaking numbers include:

  • Hike-a-Thoners registered: 587
  • Teams registered: 68
  • Miles hiked: 14,903
  • Elevation gained: 2,512,831 feet

To view more statistics and other information about the 2021 Hike-a-Thon, please flip through the above Hike-a-Thon Hall of Fame presentation or view the WTA blog post Miles the Marmot Reports Back on a Record-Breaking Year for Hike-a-Thon.

Why ALLtech Supports Hike-a-Thon and Washington Trails Association

At ALLtech, we believe that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and we know that supporting Washington Trails Association will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.

In addition to participating as a team, ALLtech also was a sponsor of the 2021 Hike-a-Thon, along with partners:

To learn more, please watch our below video: Trails for Everyone, Forever.

Welcome Autumn with a Walk in the Woods

The first day of fall is coming up on September 22 this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to summer quite yet.

To support you on your journey to wellness, ALLtech often turns to the Washington Trails Association (WTA) to help encourage Washingtonians to take advantage of our state’s extensive trail systems. You can get your hike on and hold on to summer with the WTA’s Not Over Yet! Hikes to Stretch Your Summer from its Fall Hikes page. Indeed, the roundup of late summer hikes reminds us that: “September is summer in Washington, and it also happens to be one of the best hiking months in Washington.”

If you’re yearning more for signs that autumn is nearly upon us, check out some of WTA’s other fall hike roundups, which include:

With the changing season comes changing safety recommendations, which WTA highlights with Five Tips for Fall Hiking. In a nutshell:

  • Pack an extra layer. The days are shorter and weather is less predicable this time of year, so be sure you add warm clothes, rain gear and put fresh batteries in your headlamp when you pack your 10 Essentials.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. It’s the end of a big hiking season. Help leave things better than you found them. Go beyond, and pick up trash along one of the routes.
  • Stay safe in hunting season. Where to hike and what to wear (bright colors!) to safely share the trails during hunting season.

Happy hiking!

Head to Lake Ingalls for the Last Weekend of Hike-a-Thon 2021

The ALLtech Hike-a-Thon team has been busy wracking up the miles and the donations this August to support Washington Trails Association, and we wanted to remind you that there’s still time to join the monthlong fundraiser.

With the last weekend of the Hike-a-Thon fast approaching, we wanted to offer one more trail recommendation from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer to help inspire you to get outside and get active.

“If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we really do cherish the time we spend out on the trails and in nature,” Ken says in the above video. “It’s good for the heart – physically – and good for the soul.

“And at ALLtech, we really want to support you in your efforts to be as healthy as possible.”

In the video, Ken recommends Lake Ingalls in the Teanaway, a 9-mile hike described beautifully by Washington Trails Association (WTA): “The lake is a spectacular sky-blue and surrounded by rocks that fall in giant slabs into the water’s sandy floor. Ingalls Peaks reach high above the lake on the one side, while Mount Stuart stands majestically to its northeast. There are few places as lovely as this.”

WTA also points out that Lake Ingalls can be crowded on weekends, so be sure to plan accordingly. While you’re at it, you might want to check out the the Trail Smarts section on the WTA’s site for hiking tips appropriate for all levels and specific to the seasons.

Join or Donate to the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team graphicAt ALLtech, we believe that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health, and we know that supporting Washington Trails Association will help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever. We hope you’ll consider joining the challenge or just be inspired to enjoy the amazing trail system that spans throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Even though Hike-a-Thon officially ends on August 31, you can join or donate anytime until then, and you have until September 7 to complete your mileage log. For more information or to register, visit the Hike-a-Thon website and check out their resources including the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit and FAQ.

More importantly, if you’re looking for a team to join or to donate to, please consider the ALLtech team!

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on the trails!

Looking for a Hike This Weekend? Check Out Lake Ann

Whether you’re participating in Hike-a-Thon or are just looking for an outdoor getaway this weekend, ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer is ready to help with the above video recommending one of his favorite hikes: Lake Ann in the North Cascades.

“You’ll get an absolutely stunning view of Mount Shuksan,” Ken says about the 8.2-mile hike, which he also explains starts with a downgrade and ends with an upgrade.

For more specific directions and other tips, check out the Lake Ann hiking guide from the Washington Trails Association, whose Hike-a-Thon fundraiser is taking place throughout the month of August.

You can read more about ALLtech’s participation in the event in our article ALLtech Sponsors Hike-a-Thon to Support Washington Trails. Ken also sums it up nicely in his Lake Ann video: “We’re here to help you live the most healthy lifestyle you can.”

Want to join the Hike-a-Thon challenge to help support trails for everyone, forever? It’s easy to register with plenty of resources including the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit and FAQ. And we’d gladly take you on the ALLtech team!

Keep an eye on our ALLtech News or Twitter feed for hiking tips and more in the weeks to come. We’ll see you on the trails!