Hi Challengers! My name is Vanessa Temblador and I have mad passion for the outdoors. I started hiking about 4 years ago and I never imagined it to guide my life in the direction it has. Starting with the feeling of satisfaction from climbing your first mountain, to learning all about trail navigation, reading a topo map and really knowing your limits.
My very first hike was in Santa Barbara, although we did not make it to the summit I am pretty sure that was the day I fell in love with hiking. Every weekend, I would drive up 2 hours and hike as far as I could; covering a little more of the trail each time. One day, it dawned on me that I had no idea where this trail ends, does it even end? Long story short, I ‘ll admit it took a few months to conquer that 4 mile hike but within those few months I learned so much about hiking and being outdoors and it just became a part of who I am and what I do.
My boyfriend and I joined this challenge and together we continue to grow as hikers; venturing out while adding stars to our map! The 52 Hike Challenge allows us to keep pushing as we look forward to each weekend in hopes of experiencing new adventures.
I'm Lesley, I live in Luxor in Egypt!
After breaking my ankle last year for the second time, my weight spiraled out of control and depression started seeping in like a in curable illness.
In January this year I decided enough was enough and with the help of my husband and best friend we started hiking for fitness, to help keep me motivated I decided to raise money for charity at the same time!
Since January I have lost 15kg and hike about 35km per week with the view of completing the 24 Peaks Challenge in the Lake District in September this year not bad with doggy ankle!
But the journey won't end there I intend to keep hiking and keep raising money and importantly keep challenging myself to stay on the road to fitness! Learn more: www.outofshapeonahike.com
52 Hike Challenger since February 2015. Oregon Native, Stompin' Grounds Include The Great Northwest, Southern California And Nevada. Always Seeking Adventure, Inspiration And A Good Time. Nature, Music, Art, Fashion and Craft Beer Enthusiast. Since starting the 52 Hike Challenge here in Southern California, there is a newfound contentment and appreciation to my life here in Southern California. I hope to be able to spread the word amongst the community to help bring more awareness of hikes both near and far. Blogger at vagablondeblog.com
JANELLE & BRITTANY
Janelle and Brittany are the creators of Trail Seek, a brand focused on inspiring and encouraging each other to get out and expand life experiences as much as possible in locations that will allow one to grow and appreciate those fleeting moments often taken for granted. More information can be located at TrailSeek.net
Mandi craves adventure and confidently removes herself from her comfort zone in order to find it. Last year, she spent a year on the road, thus embarking on her 52 hike challenge.
Since then, she trekked lengths of the Appalachian Trail, summited 14,000-foot peaks and backpacked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. When she's not out exploring, she's recording it all on her travel blog: Free Range Mandi.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest and now residing in Salt Lake City, Jena is a lifetime lover of the outdoors. After going through a major life change in 2013 and being diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2014, she turned to hiking to find healing. At the beginning of 2015 Jena created "Take a Hike: Hiking 4 Change" hoping to raise awareness for chronic illness and to reach out to others who believe hiking heals. Soon after, she joined the 52 Hike Challenge and started turning her ideas into reality. Being a challenger has helped her connect with hikers all over the world. As the challenge continues to encourage and inspire her, she hopes to do the same for others - one hike at a time.