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Holden Village offers faith-based backpacking, trail work

BACKPACKING — Holden Village, a Lutheran camp above Lake Chelan near the boundary of the Glacier Peak Wilderness , is offering a new summer program,  “Holden On The Trail,” which combines backpacking with study and volunteer trail maintenance in partnership with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
 
Sign up by the end of this week for any of six sessions, each about one week, planned accommodate multiple hiking skill levels. Depending on the session, hikers will cover 18.5 to 39 miles and volunteer between eight to 16 hours of trail maintenance during the week.
 
Cost is $350 for the six-night sessions, and $370 for one seven night outing. The fee covers food, program and major gear, including sleeping bags, backpacks, stoves and tents.
 
Each hiking group will include nine participants and three Holden staffers who are experienced hikers.
The staff will include a pastor, teaching staff member and leader trained in wilderness first aid and trail maintenance. Worship and teaching topics may include theology and religion, ecology and environment, health and wellness, global studies and politics, and visual arts.
 
Download applications and submit by Friday, (July 12). Follow the link under the events menu.
 
Read on for a list of the scheduled hikes:

Years of cleanup planned at Holden Mine above Lake Chelan

FORESTS — Backpackers passing through the Holden Village area between the Glacier Peak Wilderness and Lake Chelan will continue to seek a lot of heavy equipment activity during the environmental cleanup o fthe Holden Mine.

Federal agencies gave the formal OK to the project this week. The remedy focuses on the cleanup of hazardous substances, at levels toxic to aquatic life, in the mine ground water and mine drainage being released into nearby Railroad Creek. 

“Major construction in Phase I of the cleanup remedy should begin in 2013, and should take two years followed by five years of monitoring before Phase II of remedy construction will begin,” Holden Mine Cleanup Project Manager Norm Day said.