52 Challenge Finisher Stories
Our challengers have shared their stories with us about how the 52 Hike Challenge has changed their life.
"When I finished my 52 Hike Challenge I felt incredibly accomplished. I felt like for the first time in my life I started using my time to do something that was just for me. I must say that the biggest accomplishment comes after you finish. Since finishing my challenge I have done and decided to do so many things I would've said no to in the past. This challenge CAN do so many things for you besides getting 'fit'. It can heal you. It can empower you. It can make you push yourself and reach higher than you ever thought possible."
-Nicole Brown, Founder of Women Who Hike
"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, Co-founder of Tough Women Only
Finisher Feature - Stephanie McGuire: Natural Hiking
"The space, solitude, and fresh air definitely helped me through this pandemic by giving me time alone to hike & just breathe. I decided to...Read more
Finisher Feature - Jessica Germata: A Get-Away Hiker
"Participating in the challenge allowed me to “go offline” and truly disconnect from the demands of work. It also helped that there’s no WiFi" What...Read more
Finisher Feature - Jesska Daughtery: Hiking is for Everybody
"I love new adventures and new trails but this year really pushed me to explore trails closer to home. I hiked my hometown trail 15...Read more