Madi and Mike's Hike for Mental Health
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Madi and Mike's Hike for Mental Health
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Starting June 20th (or later depending on snow melt!), we are going to be setting out to the northern border of the United States in Washington and begin our journey south down the Pacific Crest Trail, hopefully making it to the Mexican border in California 4-5 months later.

This trek is 2,663 miles long (aka 6 million steps!), winding its way over mountain tops and passes, through forests, national parks, and deserts and will undoubtedly be the biggest physical (and I assume mental) challenge of our lives.

Now the reason I am writing this is that we believe this to be a bit of a selfish endeavor. We are essentially taking time off from “the real world” in order to walk through the wilderness for almost half a year – and we would like it to be more than that.

We are aiming to raise a total of $2,663 – that’s one dollar for every mile we walk on trail. It would mean the world to us if you could spare a dollar or two to donate to this cause and help make our hike mean more than just our own personal memories and blisters.

Thanks for stopping by and happy trails!


Madi & Mike

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
Barbara Klodzinski 11/17/2019 $100.00 What you two are doing is amazing! Enjoy following you on your journey! Basia i Stanley
Catherine Lord 11/06/2019 $60.00 I’m in awe of you both. Well done for your mammoth effort and (literally) walking the talk in supporting such an important cause. Xx
Tabitha Munoz 10/31/2019 $10.00  
Brenda Weavers 09/27/2019 $200.00  
Anonymous Friend 09/16/2019 $50.00  
Michael Joseph 08/19/2019 $5.00  
Mason Chen 07/17/2019 $25.00  
Cinda Berry 07/14/2019 $90.00 Great idea!
Jonny Walls 07/11/2019 $15.00  
Anonymous Friend 06/19/2019 $25.00  
Julian Fernandez 06/19/2019 $75.00  
Abby DesMarteau 06/19/2019 $50.00 Good Luck to you and your wife and thank you both for doing what you're doing. It's important!!
Barbara Ly 06/19/2019 $25.00 good luck michael!
James Berry-Krumrey 06/17/2019 $50.00 Thank you for supporting a cause such as this one, truly amazing stuff. See you in the Laguna Mountains down here in a few months. ;) BE SAFE.
Betsy Myers 06/17/2019 $50.00  
Michael Piechota 06/13/2019 $100.00  
Kristi Klemens 06/13/2019 $100.00 YOU GOT THIS!!!
Kayleigh Messinger 06/05/2019 $40.00 Have amazing trip, enjoy the nature and enjoy finding yourself away from technology x
Dot Badger 05/17/2019 $50.00 All the best with your journey on the trail and off.
Adriana Davila 05/15/2019 $4.00  
William Garcia 05/15/2019 $100.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/14/2019 $20.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/14/2019 $20.00  
Vanessa Lyne 05/14/2019 $40.00 You can do it girlzz
  Total $1,304.00  
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