The time has arrived when most thru hikers have hit the trail. Or at least the nobo’s have.
Or should I say, the trail has hit them? It’s been a rough start for the AT hikers this year, with harsh weather and that darn virus going around. But most are off and hiking.
Which leaves all of us section hikers with a tad of jealousy in our hearts.
But section hiking has its advantages.
- We get to choose when we are hiking and can avoid those real cold nights.
- We know our own bed is just a few days to a few weeks away.
- We also tend to be more experienced than most of the thru hikers starting out.
- We tend to have a little bit better understanding as to what the trail is going to throw at us when we get out there.
This year we have over thirty thru hikes hiking for HIKE for Mental Health on the AT alone. We also have some on the PCT, and a few on the CDT. Which is pretty cool. We also have a sorority at Dartmouth sponsoring a HIKE for Mental Health! Susan Letcher, one of the Barefoot Sisters, is hiking with us again this year. Our annual Summit Mt. Washington hike will be in August. And our annual Veterans Day hike will run again in November. So we have a lot going on this year – with room for much more.
As section hikers, you also can be a part of HIKE for Mental Health by dedicating your section hike to the cause. It’s very simple. Let’s say this year you are going to do New Jersey as your section. You go to www.hikeformentalhealth.org, click on Our Hikes then select Create your own HIKE for Mental Health.
You describe the section you will be doing and tell us about why you choose to raise money and awareness for mental health. Keep in mind, you can do this any hike on any trail anywhere in the world. You can also run, bicycle, kayak, or walk. Just register your event. And Diana will set up your donation page. Then just tell all your friends and family what you are doing (we have easy sharing links ready to click!) and ask them do donate. It’s that simple.
There are many more section hikers out there than thru hikers. And we really could use your help. You all could be a big impact on what we are doing. Remember, 1 out of 4 of American families suffers from some kind of mental illness – that must include folks you know, whether you know it or not. By putting our feet together we really could have an impact.
So please consider making your section hike this year, a hike to make a difference. A HIKE for Mental Health.