• Molly

    Molly Johnson

    Molly grew up in the Midwest. Although not in the heart of wild places, her parents took her on outdoor adventures every weekend and long summer road trips throughout the US and Canada. Molly moved to Bend in 2001 to work as a physical therapist and started exploring Oregon. She has spent the last five years developing the Bend Adventure Meetup Group. When she’s not in the backcountry, Molly enjoys alpine and nordic skiing, reading, and planning future adventures.


  • Todd

    Todd West

    Todd is a native Oregonian who has been passionate about wilderness since his first backpacking trip at age two. He also works trail maintenance crew with High Cascades Forest Volunteers and supported the Central Oregon Trail Alliance for five years as a trail steward before joining Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness and becoming the coordinator for citizen science. Music and art are big parts of Todd's life and a properly brewed cup of tea is appreciated. His day job helps keep part of the internet working.


  • Martin

    Martin Held

    Martin is an Oregon native who enjoys being in the outdoors as much as possible and swimming every chance he can in high lakes. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and winter time cross country skiing into the solitude of the wilderness. By daytime an electrical engineer, he also enjoys ham radio and teaching SCUBA as time allows.


  • Dave

    Dave Alward

    Dave grew up near the California coast. He married in Nevada and, from his wife, developed a love for backpacking in wild places. Dave worked seven seasons at a Forest Service station on the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. With the Forest Service he learned wilderness stewardship as envisioned by the Payette National Forest. Dave moved to Oregon with his wife, resumed teaching, and raised his son to enjoy the wilds. He remains interested in exploring wild places and wants to share them with others.


  • Ross

    Ross Flavel

    A transplanted Alaskan, Ross is retired from both the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Army Reserves with plenty of free time to enjoy all that Oregon offers the outdoor enthusiast, hiking, biking, kayaking and DH & XC skiing. Like many board members, Ross came into Friends through Molly’s Bend Adventure Meetup Group.  In addition to pursuing activities in the west’s many National Forests, Parks, and wilderness areas, he is a volunteer driver for disabled American Veterans and the Red Cross and enjoys singing with the Men’s Chorus of Central Oregon.  Ross and his wife, Carol, a retired RN, moved to Bend in 2010.

  • Your Name Here!

    We're new and growing and are looking for a few more folks to help form the core of our organization. Find out more by clicking the Get Involved link at the top of the page and let us know of your interest by emailing info@centralcascades.org.

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