Video: 3 Parks for Getting Out in Nature from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer

As a sponsor of the GeekWire Summit from October 13-29, 2020, ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer took advantage of his time in front of the camera to share resources that truly embody the value ALLtech places on wellness.

“Getting out in nature, and hiking and walking, is just so good for the soul and for our physical condition,” he says in the video from ALLtech medical providers Regence BlueShield, also a sponsor of the GeekWire Summit. “We’ve got a beautiful place to do that, especially in the fall.”

If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors while avoiding some of the more crowded parks, Myer recommends three parks in the Puget Sound area:

“I encourage you all to take advantage of our wonderful trails,” Myer adds, “and if you need more information, check out the Washington Trails Association.”

Hiker standing in autumn forest photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Get Outside with Fall Hikes for Vibrant Color

Whether you are willing to travel far to enjoy autumn leaves or prefer to stay close to home, we have gathered a few ideas to help you get outdoors and enjoy the season with help from the Washington Trails Association, whose list of fall hikes includes:

  • Golden Hikes for Fall: “Autumn hiking is golden in more ways than one. Besides the leaves and larches burning brightly on alpine slopes, the shorter days mean you’ll catch more sunrises and sunsets.”
  • Late Fall Hikes for Vibrant Red: “Hyper-bright huckleberries and vibrant vine maples; fall is when the mountains of Washington shed their green reputation in favor of multi-color displays. Winter may be right around the corner, but there is still time to savor the flaming colors of the leaves.”

Before planning your trip, take heed in the WTA’s advice to pack the 10 essentials and check conditions before you head out, including their Hiking in the Time of Coronavirus page with updates on trail and facility closures, along with tips on how to #RecreateResponsibly. To find the area with the most color, you might also want to check the Fall Foliage Prediction Map.

And because we care about your wellness first, be sure to bring the doctor with you by registering in advance for telehealth, which is offered through MDLIVE for members enrolled in ALLtech.

Hikers at Discovery Park in Seattle.

Geeks on Trails Team Named Top Fundraisers for WTA Hike‑a‑Thon 2020

Geeks on Trails logoThroughout August 2020, the eight dedicated members of the Geeks on Trails team raised funds to help support the Washington Trails Association (WTA) in its annual Hike-a-Thon event.

Geeks on Trails, a team created jointly by GeekWire and ALLtech, is proud to announce that it has been named the top fundraising team for the second year in a row, raising a total of $8,575 to support Hike-a-Thon 2020.

“As a team, we believe that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health,” says Geeks on Trails Captain Ken Myer, “and we know that supporting Washington Trails Association will help ensure they achieve their vision of  trails for everyone, forever.”

GeekWire and ALLtech, which offers health benefits through GeekWire’s membership program, would like to thank all of its donors for their contributions, including the following ALLtech partners:

  • Delta Dental of Washington, with a $2,500 donation
  • Regence BlueShield/Asuris Northwest Health, with a $1,000 donation
  • Wellspring EAP, with a $300 donation

This year’s Hike-a-Thon had the highest participation ever, with 743 hikers who raised a record $176,854 to support trails throughout Washington state – the highest total ever for the event.

The Washington Trails Association is a nonprofit that mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands.

If you missed your chance to donate during Hike-a-Thon, you can still give to help protect Washington trails at