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!
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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
“What a journey this has been. 29 weeks... 29 weeks it took me to complete the #52HikeChallenge. 29 weeks in which I learned about nature, the environment, & survival in the wilderness, but most importantly, about myself, my happiness, and what drives me internally. 29 of the most peaceful, satisfying, and happiest weeks of my life. 29 weeks in which I rediscovered myself through every hike, every mountain, every view, and every challenge I overcame. I faced my biggest fears, I accomplished things that seemed impossible to the old me, and most of all, I learned to be me, and no one else… I wanted to build a life I didn't need a vacation from. And hiking has given me that and much more.” - Nathalie Gallon
"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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