Fire Roaming Wild’s Thru-Hike for Mental Health — 19 Comments

  1. Hi Shannon,

    I am excited you are making this journey and I hope you find everything you are looking for and more on the trail! I am donating to your hike in memory of my brother Neal Hanlin. He completed his triple crown in 2017 and spoke highly (and a little begrudgingly) of the PTC. It was incredibly challenging but incredibly rewarding, and I know he would join me in whishing you every success! I wish he was here to give you some real advise, but all I can do is cheer you on. There is a memorial setup for him ( if you feel like posting how your hike goes. I think people would enjoy knowing he is still touching lives.

    Happy Trails,
    Macky Guilherme

  2. Thank you for showing that having any type of mental illness doesn’t stop someone from achieving their goals. I know you can do it. Good luck!

  3. Go Hot Mess go! We are so inspired by you and your message about mental health stigmas. Will be following you every step of the way!

  4. I’m proud of Kaitlin for picking up the torch on this endeavor. It does take a team and it’s great to know we are truly never alone. Praying your recovery is swift and you’ll be back on the trail in no time.

  5. Hey Shannon! What you are doing is incredibly important. Your voice matters. We NEED more women like you speaking out. Thank you!

    I have no right to give advice (I have 2 failed PCT attempts under my belt), but what helped me (even if just a little) was to focus on just TODAY and putting one foot in front of the other. When I thought about the larger section I was working on or even the PCT as a whole, I would freak out and tailspin. Remember, ONE STEP AT A TIME.

    I am a plus size hiker who struggles with mental health as well. As I said before, I have attempted the PCT twice now (both SOBO). I am planning on attempting a flip flop hike this year, starting NOBO near Ashland, Oregon at the end of June. If you are in that area around then, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hike with you for a while. 🙂 If not, I hope our paths will cross when I (hopefully) flip back to Ashland and begin going SOBO.

    If you ever need some encouragement or a friend, feel free to reach out to (Not sure if this is a public comment so I didn’t want to include my phone number. But feel free to email and I will send it to you). 🙂

    Good luck! 🙂

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