Friends, family, fellow internet users: Avry and I have an exciting announcement! We are thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to raise funds and awareness for GOLD/BOLD, a program that inspires the next generation with the magic of the outdoors.
GOLD/BOLD is a YMCA program based in Seattle, WA that does an incredible job of getting a diverse group of kids aged 11-18 into the wild to learn backcountry and leadership skills. The youth grow with every trip. Surveys after the trips find 97% gain new skills, 91% build confidence, 93% appreciate the natural environment, and 93% value difference in others. With results like that, we knew this was the program to support.
Why? Two years ago Avry and I traveled across the country via bicycle for Bike & Build and raised money and awareness for the affordable housing cause. It was a life-changing experience, both because we were able to positively effect the world around us and because of the intensity and growth that the huge physical endeavor allowed. We want to pay that forward, and give the gift of connection with nature and the confidence of physical pursuit to young people.
What? The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile trail that stretches from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada. We will take this journey on foot, walking for about five months straight. We will carry everything we need in backpacks and will blog the entire way.
When? Our journey begins on April 18th, 2015 and should last through September.
How Can I Help? We are excited to say that 100% of the funds we raise go directly to scholarships that get young people into the wilderness to learn leadership skills. For every $500 we raise, one youth will have a life-changing outdoor experience. You can help kids that might not otherwise have the opportunity to get outdoors — donate and help us reach our $10,000 goal and get 20 young people outside.
If you’d like to help Avry and I on our journey, you can help us buy a meal or new trail running shoes (we’ll go through about five on the trip) by clicking here: http://www.gofundme.com/dhtdh8.