Those who know me know that I love a good adventure. But I also love encouraging others to explore and have adventures of their own. And I don’t think that anyone should be prevented from enjoying the experience of being in nature, pushing their limits. In fact, I think it’s one of the greatest gifts we have in life to explore the amazing world in which we live, and push ourselves in the process.
Recently I was asked to join a team of 25 inspiring young adventurers, explorers, and athletes who are banding together to raise money for something called Epic Experience. It’s a hugely inspiring group of climbers, runners, paddlers, and artists and I was humbled to join their ranks for Epic Experience. The aim of Epic Experience is to put on all-expenses-paid outdoor adventure camps for cancer fighters and survivors. At the camps, the participants get to kayak, hike, do yoga, horseback ride, build snow caves, and do lots of cool adventurey stuff. I see it as a chance for folks who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be outdoors and reaffirm the beauty of life.
My team, Adventure4Life, has given itself the goal of raising $25,000, which covers the costs of putting on one complete camp, including travel, lodging, and adventures for 12-13 cancer fighters and caregivers. As part of the team of 25, my individual goal is to raise at least $1,000 for the cause. To that end I’ll be hiking 60+ miles through Yosemite for this Epic Experience project, driven on by your support, in order to help cancer fighters experience the incredible wonder, fulfillment, and joy that having outdoor adventures brings.
Here’s how it works: for every $20 donated I’ll hike one mile in the park during the week of July 22nd. In other words, the more donations, the farther I go. Want me to hike a mile in your name? Donate $20. Want me to hoof it five miles for you? Throw down a hundred. Since I’m aiming for $1000 for the Epic Experience camp, if you do the math that means I’ll be doing 50 miles of hiking in the park. But as an extra incentive, if I make it all the way to $1000, I’ll add a bonus 10 miles to my total, bringing it up to 60 miles of hiking in Yosemite.
But am I going to stop there? Nope! If we keep going past $1000, I’ll keep hiking. Can you get me to hike 100 miles in Yosemite? Let’s find out! I’m also going to be asking you all for suggestions of which trails to take during my hiking adventure. And I’ll be taking tons of pictures and videos along the way so if you want to see me on your favorite trail make your voice heard!
Personally I think this will be an awesome challenge and goal, and I’d love for you to help me get there. To donate please visit my fundraising page: