For me, spending long periods of time in the wilderness has been very beneficial for improving my mental health. I first expierenced the true, full, healing power of nature while spending 3 months in the Blue Ridge mountains at a Wilderness Therapy program. In 2017 I set out to hike the pacific crest trail, i spent about 4 months on the trail and hiked approximately 1300 miles. I gained lots of lessons and learned a lot about myself during that time. This year my goal is start where I left off, in Belden CA and finish the rest of the trail all the way to Canada. Backpacking has helped me grow as a person, it's helped me learn and pratice the tools i need to be happy and healthy. Mental Health is one of the main reasons I hike. Hiking has helped me so much, this time I want to try help other people too. During my journey this summer I will be recording audio of interviews and conversations i have with hikers and other interesting people I meet along the way. At the end of my trip, I will edit and compile all of these interviews, along with pictures, into a cohesive project. I will send anyone who donates any amount, a copy of the project once it has been completed.
Thanks so much!