I chose to join a hike with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails.
I Hike for Mental Health:
Welcome to my page! I am hiking to help raise money for mental health programs and research as well as the trails we hike. This will be my 6th Hike with Hike for Mental Health on Mount Washington.
Last year I set a goal to raise $1000 and raised $265! I would love to be able to help reach that goal again and surpass it!
We start our hike early in the morning crossing the Cog Railway up the Jewel Trail. On the trail we make our way through the forest, crossing running streams, see a variety of wildlife and plant life. Once above tree line one can see the Presidential Range and various mountains and lakes off in the distance. Everyone is welcome to take breaks along the way to take pictures, share stories and make memories. In early afternoon we reach the summit where we can rest up from our journey. At the summit we can enjoy a good meal and mingle with the other hikers. The summit has some amazing views. You can let everyone know that “You” hiked the highest peak in the Northeast and feel good saying so. This is a big accomplishment for many. After an extended break on the summit to take in the views and recharge our tired muscles, we will make the descent back to base. Some have decided to hike down the way we came up, others have chosen to take on other trails nearby, and others opt to take the Cog Railway or shuttle.
This is my story: Flying Crow
I started a couple years ago locally doing CT’s DEEP Sky’s the Limits Challenges, started looking for more challenging and rewarding experiences. My ex back in 2015 mentioned that she wanted to try hiking Mt. Washington. You know we need to work on it, train for it, and it’s not that you are hiking mountains everyday. So we worked hard together locally on Lantern Hill, Bluff Point, Mount Monadnock, until the day we all took on Mount Washington. I joined her, her son Shane, his Girlfriend Maggie, the wee mee’s and Hike for Mental Health to raise awareness around the stigma of mental illness, raise money for programs and research and to help with the preservation of the trails. I joined them for personal reasons of my own to help me through depression and daily stresses. I find that through hiking I can clear my mind, focus better, find a better appreciation of life, but also appreciation of the world we call home! This what I do! I do it because I can!
Other Hike for Mental Health Hikes that I have done:
– Craigs Point Preserve in New York
– Mount Killington in Vermont
– Mount Eisenhower in New Hampshire
– Mount Katahdin in Maine
– Mount Washington in New Hampshire
– Bear Mountain in New York
– Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey
– Appalachian Trail Section Hiking(completed 454.2 miles)
I love the trail, the people, the experiences and the views the trails have to offer. Being on the Trail is not only good exercise but it also a challenge! One can learn a lot about the world around us but learn about ourselves. It challenges our physical, mental and spiritual being! Tests our ability to go the distance. No matter how far or how high. It’s just one foot in front of the other! Happy Trails to all and Safe Travels!
I’m looking for help to reach my goal! $1, $5, $10, etc any donations and sponsors would be greatly appreciated! Like, Share and spread the word(family, extended family, friends of friends, and coworkers too) as a little goes a long way! I started off with donating $25!
Would you will consider making a donation, leaving a message, or sharing this page?
Brandon “Flying Crow” Parenteau
1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.
HIKE for Mental Health is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded on the vision of a world in which everyone, including those who suffer mental illness, can find the simple joy of living.
Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted by mental illness, eliminate the associated stigma, and foster responsible use of wilderness trails.
As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikes.
- 80% funds scientific research to understand and treat mental illness
- 20% conserves national wilderness trails
Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for your support.
To learn more, visit hikeformentalhealth.org.
To join a hike click here.