Johnathan's AT Thru Hike 2020
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Johnathan's AT Thru Hike 2020
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Greeting Everyone!

My name is Johnathan Mecklin and if youre visiting this page then you already know that i'm planning on thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020. I am beyond excited to take this journey and I'm so thankful for all of the support i've already received.

I first heard about the Appalachian Trail when I was in high school from my father. I still remember looking over all of the maps and guides from the ATC and talking about our plans to section hike the trail. Unfortunately, life got in the way, as it often does. Dad continued to work hard to provide for the family and I graduated high school and joined the Marine Corps. Our plans to section hike the trail were put on the backburner, if not completely forgotten.

When I returned from my first deployment overseas, I realized that I needed so much than what life was giving me. I was sleepwalking through life and accepting the comfortable niche that I had slipped into. The following equation began to compose itself:

(Searching for purpose) + (Need to be outside) + (Overwhelming desire to run away) = X

I had all of the ingredients for a Christopher McCandless “Into the Wild” style adventure. Despite my desire to run, I was contractually obligated to serve another two years before I could see my dreams come into fruition. For the moment, all I could do is continue to try to solve for X.

And that’s how we got here. The idea of thru hiking the AT appeals to me for the same reasons that joining the Marine Corps did. This is a monumental task that is going to require, more than anything else, support from people just like you.

I’m registering my hike with Hike for Mental Health for a variety of reasons. I’ve chosen this organization specifically because of the ways that I’ve seen mental illness impact those around me. I’m setting a goal of $2190 because of the distance of the AT (2190 miles). If you donate to this fundraiser, I can't thank you enough! Regardless of if you donate or not, you can follow my journey on social media.

Instagram: @John.Mecklin

Facebook: Johnathan Mecklin

Youtube: John Mecklin

ABOUT Appalachian Trail

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my Appalachian 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
Gen Studer 01/10/2020 $50.00 You’re overly gracious, so it’s coming back at you.
Laurence Studer 12/23/2019 $100.00 Good luck. I will be joining you hiking the AT in March.
Lori Day 10/01/2019 $50.00 Have a safe trip Johnathan
Nicholas Travis 08/15/2019 $50.00  
Zachary Day 08/11/2019 $50.00 Start hitting that stair stepper baby! Love ya Jon Boy
Paul Dugger 08/11/2019 $100.00 Good Luck!
Rachel Day 08/11/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 08/11/2019 $20.00  
Nikki Blanton 08/11/2019 $50.00 I am a friend of your moms and work with her in doTERRA.... hugs to you and enjoy the journey!!!
Sreenaiah Somishetty 08/06/2019 $109.60 Be safe and have fun!
Lori Messina 08/06/2019 $50.00 Good Luck!
Brent Mecklin 08/02/2019 $219.00 The 2019 Official distance of the AT is 2,192. My wife and I are donating up front $1 for the first 10% of the trail ($219.20). We also PLEDGE another $1 for every mile after #219 which will be paid at the time John officially exits the trail. I truly look forward to shelling out another $1972.80 as this is a great cause. I challenge others to pledge an amount/mile (.01, .05,.25...). GO--->
Wyland Leadbetter 08/02/2019 $100.00 Think this is Awesome! Proud of you! Get er done!
Gen Studer 08/02/2019 $50.00  
Jimmy Howell 07/30/2019 $50.00 You got this Johnathan! Best of luck!
Dakotah Wheeler 07/27/2019 $40.00  
Maricruz Lukachinsky 07/27/2019 $40.00  
Hunter Smith 07/27/2019 $40.00 Proud of you buddy! Kick ass out there!
Diane Kelley 07/27/2019 $50.00 Thanks for your service to our country. We will be praying for a safe and successful journey.
Stacey Reed 07/27/2019 $25.00  
Sue Langford 07/27/2019 $25.00  
  Total $1,368.60  
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