Kyle Soeltz's PCT Hike for Mental Health
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Kyle Soeltz's PCT Hike for Mental Health
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Hello friends, family, and fellow hikers!

This spring I will begin my journey of hiking from Mexico to Canada. Along the way I am looking to raise money for two great causes - mental health and the preservation of wilderness trails. My goal is to raise $1 per mile, or a total of $2660. If I can get 50 people to donate just 2 cents a mile, we can reach that goal.

80% of the funds will go directly too the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, which puts 100% of it's donations directly towards research. The other 20% will go towards the Pacific Crest Trail Association to help maintain the trail so others can continue to experience this same life changing journey for years to come.

You can follow my progress along my trip at


*All donations made are a one time flat rate, the 'per-mile' idea is in spirit of the trail. For a table of suggested 'per-mile' donations, see my PCT update zero post.



ABOUT Pacific Crest Trail

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my Pacific Crest Trail hike so I can raise funds for a great cause and reduce the stigma of 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 to foster responsible use of wilderness trails.

As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikers.

  • 80 cents from every dollar funds scientific research to prevent, cure, and treat mental illness
  • 20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails

Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for your support.

To learn more, visit

To register your own hike with HIKE for Mental Health, click here.

Name Date Amount Comments
Amanda Murrin 12/31/2018 $50.00 Congrats on finishing Kyle!!
Dave Conna 10/20/2018 $100.00 Great accomplishment, Kyle. And thanks for donating to such a good cause! (PS. Make sure you tell your dad that I finally made good on my promise;))
Ira Warshaw 06/05/2018 $100.00 Proud to know you, Kyle. You've joined the club of wise men who have quit their jobs and gone to the wilderness. You're doing great!
Newt Cannon 05/30/2018 $25.00  
Colleen McKee 05/19/2018 $166.01 Kyle, you are truly an amazing human being! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. It was wonderful seeing you -- albeit briefly -- during your hiking-hiatus. We look forward to following the remainder of your journey when you get back on the trail! Much love, Aunt Colleen, Uncle Kevin and Nick
Francine Oddo 05/18/2018 $10.00  
Evelyn Burckle 05/18/2018 $134.00  
William Soeltz 05/17/2018 $130.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/17/2018 $100.00  
Steve Edwards 05/17/2018 $26.60 A wonderful cause but also an experience you will reflect on for the rest of your life!
Paul Tryon 05/16/2018 $100.00 You are an inspiration, Kurd!
Lynne Melton 04/26/2018 $25.00 Your updates are are wonderful :). Very proud of you!
Emilia Soeltz 04/25/2018 $26.00 Keep up the good work Kyle! You are such a great person and role-model, I am grateful to have you as my big brother. I hope you enjoy this experience and take lots of pics so we can virtually enjoy it with you as well :)
Amy Callahan 04/22/2018 $100.00  
Judy Graff 04/22/2018 $100.00 A most important cause. Thank you!
Regina Milan 04/12/2018 $50.00 Good Luck Kyle!!
Tina Harris 04/08/2018 $50.00  
Sean Rossignol 04/08/2018 $50.00  
Angela Callery 04/08/2018 $100.00 So much respect and admiration for you Kyle. You chose a wonderful charitable cause and I wish you the very best in reaching your goal! I'm am praying for your heart and soul to be overjoyed in this journey and that safety is always with you! You are loved so much!
Digital Artisans 04/07/2018 $100.00 Best of luck and enjoy yourself from the Digital Artisans team!
Janine Mudge 04/05/2018 $100.00 Enjoy it all!
Leslie Bastarache 04/03/2018 $50.00 Thanks for sharing this amazing adventure with us, Kyle! Have a wonderful and exciting journey!
Eddie Fournier 04/03/2018 $50.00 Best of luck, Kyle!
Anonymous Friend 04/03/2018 $50.00 We are with u in spirit, Kyle, every step of the way!!!
Paul Cusa 04/02/2018 $100.00  
Miriam Morrison 04/02/2018 $25.00 Go Kyle! What a great adventure!43
Ann Cusa 04/01/2018 $100.00 Good luck Kyle in completing your hike! We love you!
Paula Cusa 03/30/2018 $50.00 Mental health and nature are so interconnected. Each is truly invaluable! I am happy to donate to such a worthy cause, so thank you ,Kyle, for embarking on this adventure and raising awareness. I am so looking forward to following along with you, especially as an armchair hiker!! MUCH LOVE TO YOU!!!!!
Barbara Ryan 03/29/2018 $25.00 I’m so excited for and proud of you for following your heart and sense of adventure and exploration, and hiking for this wonderful cause Kyle? I am really going to be looking forward to every one of your posts! Know that my love and “Go Kyle” energy goes with you! Safe and Happy Trails! Barbara
Mary Schroeder 03/27/2018 $50.00 Best of Luck Kyle!
Walker Fuchs 03/26/2018 $10.00 Best of Luck Kyle!!
Michelle DuEst 03/24/2018 $100.00 Good luck Kyle! Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures ❤️
AJ Dellicicchi 03/24/2018 $105.16 you officially started with us on 01/05/16, thought it was a fitting amount for a wonderful guy and some worthy causes.
Tyler Schmitt 03/23/2018 $30.00  
Leah Callery 03/23/2018 $20.00 Wishing you a journey full of happiness, clarity, discovery, beauty and the chance to connect daily with what you love - nature. There isn't anybody better to tackle such a tall order. Love you Kyle and can't wait to hug you when you get back!
Emma Huse 03/23/2018 $15.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/23/2018 $133.00 I love you times infinity. I have been so lucky to know you over the past year - you have brightened my life. I’m proud of you for exploring the depths of your soul. Here’s 5 cents for each mile.
Anne Hedlund 03/23/2018 $20.00  
Zachary Porter 03/23/2018 $26.60 Here's a penny a mile. If you'd stuck with the AT, I would have donated $1,000 per mile. Good Luck.
Hannah Underwood 03/23/2018 $15.00 Kyle I'm so incredibly proud of you!! I hope you have an incredible journey, and thanks for using your journey to support such an important cause!
Jim Duda 03/22/2018 $100.00 Have a great trip, for a great cause!
Jacqueline Callery 03/22/2018 $15.00 Best of luck to you Kyle! If anyone can do it, it's you. I will miss you and will be thinking of you everyday, I love you!
Corey Szepan 03/22/2018 $50.00 Good luck! Avoid that Oregon Trail, heard there is a bad case of dysentery going around.
Christine Hall 03/21/2018 $25.00  
Christine Soeltz 03/18/2018 $50.00 I know you will see the beauty, feel the magic and hear the song! And, until your walk is done, your footsteps will align with my beating heart. Each day I will be wishing you the best, sending you my love and missing you all the way.
Kyle Soeltz 03/08/2018 $79.80 And so it begins!
  Total $2,937.17  
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