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High Trails Blog Project Profile #1: Harriet “Hallie” Hargrave

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Opening Campfire, 1st Term 2005 from L: Julie Richardson, Elizabeth Rundle, Chelsea Neidenthal, Alexis Harrell, Erica Le Grand, Harriet Hargrave, Ariella Rogge, Carlotta Avery

Hallie (Harriet) Hargrave was nominated by her former camper, Anna Mae Maloney Gill.  Anna Mae was a High Trails camper from 1998-1992 and has “carried the values and confidence I gained as a camper with me in every new experience I have since faced.”  She is married and has four young children: one five year old boy, and three young daughters, ages 3, 2, and 7 months.  In her former, pre-child life, she was a high school teacher and an attorney

Tell us why you are nominating Harriet: Hallie was my counselor my third year at Sanborn, the summer of 1990.  I was twelve years old and totally unsure of myself and my place in the world.  Hallie was a true individual.  She could talk to anyone, had a wonderful way of relating to pre-teens, and was truly comfortable in her own skin.  Hallie taught me more that summer about self-confidence than I believe I have learned since (and I am now 34).  She remained my friend and confidant long after our weeks at Sanborn ended, as we remained in touch through the mail for many years after.  I now have three little girls of my own, who hopefully will someday share in the Hightrails experience.  I hope, and in my heart trust, that they will, have their own Hallie.” It is the Sanborn way.

Share a story/memory of how Harriet has impacted your life: Four years after Hallie was my counselor, my father suddenly passed away.  At the time, I did not have Hallies phone number so I quickly wrote her a letter telling her I needed to talk with her.  I lived in New Jersey, and, Hallie, I believe lived in Oregon at the time.  The day she received the letter, she called me.  And, even though I hadn’t seen her or talked with her, except through letters, in over four years, she was a great source of comfort in, perhaps, the hardest time of my life.  This is a great testament to the bonds formed at Sanborn.  They last long after the days shared at camp.

Harriet was a High Trails staff member in 89′, 90′, 93′ and, most recently, in 2005.  Beyond dressing up in a few stunning prom dresses, Harriet spent a great deal of time  leading trips, swapping stories, and, in 2005, driving the High Trails trash truck.  She also co-authored the High Trails hit song, “Trash Truck” with Taggert MacDonald.   Harriet currently lives in Portland, OR with her daughter Esther.  She works at Alberta Rose Theatre and is addicted to Facebook Scrabble.

In honor of High Trails’ 50th Anniversary this year, the High Trails Blog Project is a way to recognize the High Trails woman (or women) who has made a positive impact on you, your community, or the world over last fifty years.  Please submit your nomination by visiting  the 50 Years of High Trails page on our website.  Thank you for your nominations!