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Outings Leaders

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Outings leaders are typically Sierra Club volunteers, and the range of outings is as diverse as all of our leaders’ interests. Each of our leaders has a passion for the outdoors and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Regardless of your level of experience, you may choose from a variety of outings which reflect the diversity of our leaders’ interests.

Depending upon your location and season, you may choose from day hikes, backpacking adventures, bicycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, family outings, city strolls, backcountry snow camping, and a variety of service and environmentally focused field trips.

Learn more about our highly skilled and trained outings leaders below, and join us in exploring the outdoors!

Meet our Sierra Club Outings Leaders

David Burdick

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David Burdick

David Burdick

David Burdick Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

David’s vision is to support human activities that live within earth’s carrying capacity. He has gained expertise from a blend of international acumen, academic knowledge and engineering/manufacturing experience.

David is an expert in Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), project management and sustainability gap analysis.

In his spare time, he plans and leads more strenuous hikes for the Sierra and Mazama clubs, and has lead hikes and backpack trips to:

  • Olympics
  • Ice Caves of Mount Hood
  • Circumnavigation of Mt. Jefferson, (28 miles) Mount Adams, (36 miles) Glacier Peak (95 miles)
  • Local hikes of various difficulty.
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) – 2005, Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI)

Tom Forest

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Tom Forest

Tom Forest

Tom Forest

A Life Member of the Sierra Club since 1996, a 1976 graduate of Hillsboro High (where he was an Outdoor School counselor at Sports Acres), and a great-grand-nephew of Simon Benson, Tom Forest is reliving his Boy Scout days taking on the “enjoy the planet” part of the Club’s mission, sharing his passion for Northwest wilderness.

He has hiked over 100 different trails in the area, and is looking forward to completing all the hikes in William Sullivan’s “100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon” some year. He is also an avid tracker and naturalist, and delights in identifying the many plants and animal signs on the trail.

Kim Kelly

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Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly has always enjoyed hiking and camping. She co-leads outings with her husband and fellow outings leader Brian Pasko. Together, they enjoy backpacking, wilderness canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing.

Kim feels that getting away from the demanding work atmosphere and being in nature is essential for rejuvenating the soul and refocusing on the important issues in her life. She is a family doctor and is passionate about promoting health lifestyles, part of which can include Sierra club outings.

Kim and Brian moved to Portland from Minneapolis, MN at the beginning of 2009. She is originally from Painesville, Ohio. She is eager to meet new people and find more beautiful places to hike on outings.

Judy Muir

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Judy Muir

Judy Muir

Judy Muir hiking the Highline Trail Glacier National Park

Photographing vistas from a bluff or ridge. Wildflowers that carpet the forest floor signal new life for the season. Sharing my passion for the outdoors. Snowshoeing or cross country skiing through fresh powder. Snow insulating the woods delivers an eerie silence. Meeting interesting people. Ending the day with an exhilarated exhaustion. These are just a few things I enjoy about being a volunteer outings leader.

I began leading outings for the Columbia Group in 1998. Thoughts of dayhiking, cycling, backpacking, car camping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and kayaking get me through the work week.

From 2002-2005 I served as the chair of the outings committee. When I’m not immersing in the outdoors I enjoy photography, knitting, scrapbooking, travel, and hanging out with Elmo in my lazy boy.

Brian Pasko

Chapter Director

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Brian Pasko

Brian Pasko

Brian Pasko and Kim

Brian is an amateur photographer, avid hiker and backpacker, and experienced canoeist. He co-leads outings with his wife, Kim Kelly (a family physician in Portland), and his dog, Cookie (a very cute 30# blue-heeler and german short-hair pointer mix).

Brian has summitted Mt. Hood and also enjoys winter-camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In 2006, Brian and Kim planned and enjoyed a 28 day wilderness canoe expedition in northern Canada.

Brian is the Director of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club and a passionate wilderness advocate. He explores Oregon’s wilderness areas as often as he has the chance.

You can always view photos of his most recent adventures at: http://picasaweb.google.com/brian.pasko

Jean Rystrom

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Jean Rystrom

Jean Rystrom

Jean Rystrom

Jean has been a Sierra Club member and an avid hiker in the Portland area since the early 1980s. Jean’s work and passion is the health of children.

Having led her own family in extensive travels and hiking adventures, she hopes to further combine pleasures by sharing her love of the outdoors with other families, fostering a healthful connection with the natural world in future generations.

Leisa Vandehey

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Leisa Vandehey

Leisa Vandehey

Leisa Vandehey near the summit of Mount Adams

Since childhood, I have had a penchant for small creatures, being outdoors, and climbing up things. A few decades later, this is still the case! My outdoor adventures include hiking, climbing, backpacking, snow camping, snowshoeing, and white-water rafting.

In upholding the Sierra Club mission, I hope to pass on my enthusiasm for “exploring, enjoying and protecting the planet” by leading Family Outings for the Columbia Chapter of the Sierra Club in partnership with Kaiser Permanente.

In addition to leading Sierra Club Outings, I am currently a Hike Assistant for the American Lung Association’s “Reach the Summit” program. I also enjoy listening to music, practicing yoga, volunteering with homeless youth, and learning something new every day.

I look forward to meeting you on the trails!