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EP 22: The Blue Mountains Trail Project with Jared Kennedy

Hike the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon

The next stop on our virtual adventure was in Oregon with Jared Kennedy from The Blue Mountains Trail Project.

Jared Kennedy co-founded a company called The Outdoor Project in 2012 and built the company to be a global brand offering resources and travel guides for over 8,000 locations across the globe. In the last year, the company was acquired and since August of 2020, Jared has been the project lead for The Blue Mountains Trail Project.

His thoughts on tech-enabled conservation and connecting communities make this episode definitely worth a listen.

Segments from the episode:

[00:00] – Intro

[4:10] – The Origins of the Blue Mountains Trail Project

[8:15] – The Founding of the Outdoor Project

[11:10] – Challenges of Maintaining Trails

[15:10] – How technology can help protect wildlife

[20:45] – Current status of the Blue Mountains Trail

[25:00] – Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

[26:11] – When can people start hiking the Blue Mountains Trail?

[30:02] – How to get started with backpacking

To learn more about the Blue Mountain Trail Project, check out their website here: https://www.hellscanyon.org/

To register for the hellraiser, you can do so here: https://www.hellscanyon.org//hellraiser

Here are a few of the other organizations that are supporting The Blue Mountains Trail Project…

Oregon Natural Dessert Association – https://onda.org/ 

Six Moon Designs – https://www.sixmoondesigns.com/ 

Travel Oregon – https://traveloregon.com/

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