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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

April 2019



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, April 12th
Time:   Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (South Portal Bldg)  

The purpose of our meeting is to hold an open forum to discuss ways to further our mission of promoting great trails in Klamath County.  Please join us for all or part of our upcoming meeting. 
Maintenance Day

Check out the new KTA Meetup group for upcoming maintenance days by clicking here.
Removal of fallen tree on Mazama Trail at Spence Mountain.  Trail maintenance is becoming a priority as the snow melts and trails dry.

Member Highlight

By: Alison Andrews

Josh and Jill Nelson opened Asana Yoga and Sole in 2011. Their decision was based on a vision resulting from decades of combined experience with athletics, outdoor retail, and a gradual evolution of appreciation for the practice of yoga.  They are dedicated to the community and find satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals in outdoor adventuring, as well as yoga.  Josh has found yoga to be highly beneficial to many types of athletes, especially those who participate in sports that keep the body in a linear motion (i.e. cycling and running).  Yoga involves movements that don't occur in those sports, improving stability, strength, flexibility, and balance.  In addition to the physical benefits, Josh saw it as a way improve mental focus, as well as manage stress, anxiety, and depression.
 
Jill grew up in Brazil until her family moved back to the United States, when she was in her teens. She went to Brazilian schools and learned to speak Portuguese outside the home.  She graduated college with a degree in graphic design.  After moving to Klamath Falls and having difficulty finding employment, Jill found her calling to teach yoga and opened up the studio.  Jill is truly passionate about yoga and is a skilled teacher.  She finds her yoga classes to be a way to satisfy her desire to help and inspire others.  Jill is also a doTERRA Wellness Educator and supports others through essential oils and other natural options. 

Josh's path started with being raised by parents who understood the benefits of "free-range parenting". "I was always encouraged to be outside," said Josh. His father, Jack, exposed him and his brother to a wide variety of outdoor activities from a very young age. "I went backpacking with my dad before I could carry a pack", recalled Josh.  He started skiing and mountain biking early.  Jack and his teacher friends were avid mountain bikers where they lived south of Tahoe, before mountain biking was cool.  Josh was introduced to duathlons and won the US National Championship at age 15.  He credits his parents as his most cherished sponsors, who would drive him to distant competitions.

Several years after graduating high school, Josh moved to Alaska and worked for several years in Denali National Park.  He soon found himself managing a large outdoor store and learning all he could about business and the outdoor retail industry.  Josh also grew to love technical ice climbing, and assisted a side business as a mountaineering guide.  In his spare time, Josh spent time mountain running and adventure racing. He and his friends trained by running up mountains, where only bits of trail made by wildlife existed. They figured it would be the ultimate training, and it turns out they were right.  Josh holds the Strava (a popular training app that allows tracking, analysis, and sharing of activities) record for fastest time to the top of Mount McLoughlin and Hogback.



After sustaining an injury in 2014 that was difficult to rehabilitate, Josh returned to cycling.  "There are so many things to love about our little town.  Just like our trails, the road riding is spectacular! It is still not quite the same as the pure experience of running through the forest and summiting a peak...but it is a very close second!", according to Josh.  He recently place 3rd at the Chico Stage Race.  Josh has realized over the course of his athletic career that sharing in the success of others, and doing his personal best, are more important than any title.  He felt successful in achieving those goals in Chico this year.  In addition to several KOM (King of the Mountain) goals, the next major race on the docket for Josh, is the Baker City Cycling Classic, in June.

The Nelsons are also fondly known as The Incredibles: two daughters, Cadence and Tenaya, and a son named Jasper!  Josh and Jill feel that Klamath is an amazing spot to raise a family.



Asana supports trail users and the Klamath Trails Alliance (KTA) in multiple ways.  They sell a variety of trail shoes and other running gear.  They offer the Linkville Lopers, who start their trail runs from Asana on Wednesday nights at 6pm, a discount at the store and 1 week of free yoga.  They provide prizes for the Moore Mountain Trail Festival and the Spence Mountain Run.  Josh has co-hosted the Moore Mountain Trail Festival in the past.  Jill continues to use her degree as a freelance designer and creates materials for KTA, the Linkville Lopers, and other organizations.  They have supported KTA financially and done trail maintenance, over the years.  Josh continues to maintain a portion of the Nature Trail in Moore Park.  Josh says it is inspiring to see the culture of running grow in our community, and he is happy that Asana can maintain a key role. 


Trail News & Information

Zach’s Bikes Organizes Trail Maintenance Days
 
A big THANK-YOU goes out to Zach’s Bikes for organizing six trail maintenance days this year!  Quoting Zach's Bikes event page on Facebook, "Our trails in Klamath Falls are some of the most amazing trails out there in our opinion. Providing miles of smiles day after day. To show our appreciation of this great resource that we have at our finger tips, we are going to be working on the trails through this entire season.  Both the Spence Mountain trail network and the Moore Park trail network will be needing maintenance through out the year. The specifics of each trail maintenance day will be announced here on as they become available.  Please save the date, so that we all can have a great day of keeping our trails fun for years to come.”




Trailforks - “the best trail app for our area!"
 
If you haven’t used Trailforks yet you are in for a treat!  Trailforks is a resource for mountain bikers and trail clubs but works equally as well for any trail adventure.  Trailforks has the most complete database of our local multi-use trails.  
 
To get the most out of Trailforks you should download their mobile app on your smart phone to use in the field.  One of the best features shows actual location on the trail map when using the app.  You can click on a trail to pull up distance, elevation change, and degree of difficulty.  You can also access information on the trail, photos, trails reports, and even ride logs.  Another feature allows you to record your ride and report trail conditions. 
 
Trail grade visualization is a recent improvement that better reflects the elevation changes of a trail.  Most outdoor enthusiasts love maps, so if you really want to geek out on the science behind elevation mapping check out the article. 
How to Become Involved with the KTA

Visit KTA's website or our Facebook page for more information on projects and events. Consider joining or renewing your membershship today!  Individual memberships start at only $20 per year.  These funds support trail maintenance, promotion, new trail development and the resources needed to keep us up and running as a non-profit organization!  Email Info@klamathtrails.org to join the mailing list for updates.
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