Goal: 35.0 miles
35.3 miles completed
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’ve personally struggled with depression for several years, and have discovered the incredible power of the trail for staying positive and peaceful. I keep hiking for the impact it has on my physical health, to experience the beauty of the natural world, and just for fun. But, the biggest draw is what it does for my mind and soul. It keeps me above board and balanced, excited for life. (I’m even planning a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail for 2021!) It’s been a lifesaver this month in particular. I’m caring for inmates with Covid as an RN on my work days, and hiking (safely) on my days off to keep myself sane.
I have big plans for October. I’ve been doing a ton of day-hiking the last year or so, and gearing up to start backpacking. My first two overnight backpacking trips are scheduled for October- a one night trip coming soon, and a three nighter later in the month. The total number of miles should be around 40 on the backpacking trips, plus I hope to get in a couple day hikes. I’m gonna stick with a goal of 35 in case my journey as a newbie backpacker has a few hiccups 😉
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35 Miles To Go…
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.
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