Finisher Feature - Katherine Shiomoto: Hiker Turned Backpacker

"I have always loved the outdoors. Now I have added backpacking to my outdoor hiking.

Being outside during the global pandemic, particularly in the wilderness has helped keep me grounded and put into perspective how small we are compared to our world and how hearty and resilient nature is. Looking at giant redwoods that have withstood 1000's of years of life made me realize the current events are just a blink in time."

Favorite Trails:
Anything in the Sierra Mountains

What helped you stay motivated to finish the challenge?
I joined the 52 Hike Challenge to help me train for Mt. Whitney. I hiked both alone and with others that were planning to go to Whitney with me. The log was a great motivator to see how much progress I was making.

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