OHRT History & Executive

We are fortunate for all those who have come before us, and we look forward to being a part of the future of this trail.

OHRT Executives

Our shared love of hiking, willingness to share this passion, and our commitment to maintaining the High Rim Trail has seen us combine forces to create the Okanagan High Rim Trail. Jump to High Rim History section bleow.

2019 Board of Directors

Jesse Kessler - President

I want to empower as many people as possible to access nature in and around the Okanagan. I’m passionate about public access, non motorized recreation, and active transportation.

As a child I cherished trips out into the wilderness with my father; now I’m enjoying passing some of those experiences down to my own daughter.

Whether it is down around our valley bottom, along the Okanagan High Rim Trail, or to more ambitious peaks around British Columbia, I’m looking forward to seeing you out and about. 

 

Colleen - Director

I started hiking during my early childhood and learned about the variety of indigenous wildflowers and wildlife from my wise mother. As a teen I enjoyed climbing and exploring many of the mountains in and around Barkerville, B.C., throughout the seasons. At the age of 12 I went on my first backpacking trip with the Girl Guides of Canada and became hooked to the idea of living out of a backpack. Nowadays I can be found hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, winter camping or mountain biking in the great outdoors alongside my husband and my dogs.

I enjoy maintaining the High Rim Trail with the hope that other people may appreciate the therapeutic benefits of our beautiful B.C. wilderness.

Tyler - Secretary

Tyler got tired of stumbling over logs on his local hikes and took his saw to the woods to clear a small section. That section got longer, and before he knew it, he stumbled into others out doing the same. Now he lifts things and hikes a lot.

Doug - Director

Doug is an experienced trail builder and through hiker, having put many an hour into the HRT and Great Divide Trail. His knowledge is irreplaceable and extensive.

2018 Board of Directors

Brandon - Prez

Brandon’s motivation and commitment to the cause is unrivaled. He is an accomplished through hiker, and an active member in the local hiking community.

Tyler - Director

Tyler got tired of stumbling over logs on his local hikes and took his saw to the woods to clear a small section. That section got longer, and before he knew it, he stumbled into others out doing the same. Now he lifts things and hikes a lot.

Doug - Director

Doug is an experienced trail builder and through hiker, having put many an hour into the HRT and Great Divide Trail. His knowledge is irreplaceable and extensive.

Michael - Director

Countless hours have been spent by Michael in maintaining a 12 km stretch of the trail by himself (and Lucy, the wonder pup). He brings a level of energy to the team that makes it tough to keep up, despite a pack full of tools.

High Rim Trail History

 

The High Rim Trail started as a dream, of retired forester Bruce Sumner. With the help of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee’s “Trail Builders” and numerous volunteers, the trail was constructed in the early 1990’s.

Through the years, the trail fell into neglect before several Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club volunteers took on the restoration and maintenance of the trail in 2005 for a short period.

Later, Cabin Forestry received a grant from BC Parks in 2009 for further trail maintenance and bridge construction as well as the completion of the Okanagan Highland Trail (an extension of the High Rim Trail from Mission creek south to Okanagan Mountain Park).

Bruce’s original dream was to see the completion of a trail that would circle the entire Okanagan Valley. Perhaps one day, this grand vision will become reality.

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