Hello lovely reader!
On August 28th, I plan to take on the Colorado Trail for another solo thru hike. This 500 or so mile journey has been on my list for years. I’m so grateful to have flexibility as an RN to take off for about a month to frolic through the Colorado backcountry, taking in all it has to offer. Being outside – hiking, climbing, backpacking, running, biking, camping – has always been one of my most cherished ways to decompress, breathe deeply, waste time, challenge myself, be quiet and listen to the sounds around me.
That wonder and awe for the outdoors – hiking to points where you really earn your views – is a gift to myself. I’d like to find a small way to give back to my larger community while I’m on my own adventure by raising some funds for this awesome non-profit I found. I’ll be making my own donation in addition to any funds raised. Check out their website for more specifics, but in short, Hike for Mental Health donates 100% of funds raised to “help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails.” 80% of funds raised go to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and 20% goes to well-established trail maintenance organizations, such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Would you consider making a donation, leaving a message, or sharing this page to help me raise $500 for 500 miles?
In the words of John Muir “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
Cheers and happy adventuring!
Andrea “Half Full” Heyse
***FYI: ”Half Full” is my trail name, given to me by a fellow thru hiker a couple years ago while coming down the gnarly switchbacks after summiting Mt. Whitney back to Whitney Portal. He said I was so happy, encouraging everyone we passed always looking at the “glass half full.” Ha! I’ll take it!***
Follow along my adventure with this link to my Garmin InReach Mini: https://share.garmin.com/HalfFullHiZ
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.