The 52 Hike Challenge is a global movement inspiring you to take a personal journey to discover the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits gained through hiking once a week for an entire year. Thousands of people all around the world are taking the challenge to help change their lives in a positive way, one step at a time.
THE CULTURE WE WISH EVERY "CHALLENGER" INSTILLS IS ONE OF SUPPORT FOR EACH OTHER. TOGETHER, WE BECOME STRONGER. WHETHER YOU ARE A BEGINNER OR ADVANCED HIKER, WE KNOW YOU WILL GAIN MORE INNER PEACE, CONFIDENCE, AND CAMARADERIE THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SIGN UP TODAY!
NEVER ever did I imagine pushing myself to such extreme limits, but I thank GOD literally for my protection and giving me the strength to endure. How the 52 hike challenge has changed my life, well gosh it's even hard to put it into words!!! As I am very much grateful for the vision that was pioneered by Karla and Phil. I am forever changed!!! The mountains have taught me so much about myself. I have grown so much spiritually and physically. I will end this with YOU too can DO IT!! Don't be intimidated go out and EXPLORE you will not regret it! It will be LIFE changing! – Elizabeth Luna
Toward the end of 2013, I weighed 198 pounds, which is not ideal for my 5-foot-7 frame. I did not want to go over that 200-pound plateau, so I decided to eat more healthy, cut certain foods out of my diet and get more exercise. I started running often and eventually started hiking more and more. All that helped me lose a total of 56 pounds. Now, I'm just trying to maintain my weight and hiking is helping me accomplish that. I'd just like to thank you guys for creating the 52 Hike Challenge. It's an awesome group and is helping so many people out! – Wade Denston
Very early on I decided that I was going to hike 52 different trails and that actually opened up a treasure trove of local gems that I would otherwise have never explored. - Isabelle Galan
What started as a challenge to push my physical limits turned into breaking my mental limitations. As time went on, I began to realize how truly welcoming everyone was, and slowly but surely started preparing myself mentally to join my first group hike. I can't really describe the feeling after it was all said and done... It was as if a wall had broken down inside me, and I knew I had accomplished something major for myself. – Mark Davis
Being allowed to roam freely in nature taught me many valuable lessons about self-sufficiency, what berries to eat and which to avoid, how to climb trees and how to be content while alone. I miss that magical quality to childhood, so when our daughter was born I was beyond elated to get to live vicariously with and through her, to glimpse the world anew. Thus far we have hiked over 600 miles together in her first year of life. I hope to continue to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world and to see the magic of it through her eyes for years to come. – Britt and Tala Sheflin
"In 2013 I ended my 9 year relationship with my ex-fiancé. Soon after that I fell into depression.... After a year of isolating myself from society for a year I knew I had to make a change for my own good. Not only that but I had reached my peak weight which was 308 lbs. I didn't know where to start, so that's when I began going on small local hikes. At first I did it to escape from reality & to get away from everyone. I was embarrassed of the individual that I was. I then started to lose weight and started having a passion & love for the outdoors. That is what triggered my weight loss. It then lead me to meeting a bunch of new friends that shared similar interests & stories as myself, the "Hiking Community." Once I started to see the weight come off I then found another interest that I love, which is running. Both are good for you in every way possible. You free the mind, relieves any stress you may have, you get the exercise you need and enjoy the beauty of nature." - Alejandro (Alex) Viveros
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