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  • Hike a 14er for Hunger Relief

    Hike a 14er for Hunger Relief

    In August of 2016, THE GOOD HIKE hit the trail in Colorado. Our goal was to hike a 14er in an effort to hike for hunger relief. We set out to climb Mt Evan's which tops out at 14,271 feet. Boy oh boy what it high! We were all challenged on this hike - Mind, Body & Spirit! 

    The two beneficiaries of The Good Hike 2016 were:

    Victory Teaching Farms of Mobile, AL

    Feeding America 

    Thank you to all of you who were inspired to donate towards one of our beneficiaries. Together we are making a difference in the lives of others!

  • MAY 2014 Let's Hike!

    MAY 2014 Let's Hike!

    "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." -Dakota Proverb

    May 13, 2014

    The Good Hike sets out to hike 26 miles over three days for Hunger Relief. Eight of us were challenged to raise $2000 each for hunger relief as we set across the canyon. We had hikers from Alabama, Colorado, Tennessee, and North Carolina. 

    We started our trek on the South Rim and hiked across the Grand Canyon and ended on the North Rim. 8 people of all walks of life came together to enjoy nature and make a positive impact in America.

    Thank you to all of you for supporting us as we Hike for Hunger Relief.  

  • Try Try Again!

    Try Try Again!

    The Good Hike 2.0 was planning to hit the trail again in October of 2013 to Hike for Hunger Relief in the Grand Canyon once again. Well! Plans had to change. The park service closed down the day before we were to leave for the canyon. 

    If you missed it in the news - Read about the National Parks closing because of the government shutdown here.

    We tried to scramble and try to find another trail to hike but ultimately decided that we should just move the date and try again - in the meantime we could raise more money for Hunger Relief!

    We rescheduled for May 2014 and the park was very accommodating to our prefered dates. If you have never applied for a camping permit in The Grand Canyon before, it can be extremely difficult to get a permit on your prefered dates and it is a lottery system with people from all over the globe applying for permits.

  • The Good Hike 2012

    The Good Hike 2012

    The Good Hike 2012 - Where it all began

    On Labor Day weekend in 2012, 5 friends set out to hike across the Grand Canyon in an effort to hike for Hunger Relief. 

    Our hike started on the N Rim of the Grand Canyon and it was super chilly on the N Rim. It was hard for us to wrap our heads around how hot it was going to be in the canyon when the temps on the N Rim were in the 40s the night before we set out. Once we got going though, it warmed up quickly!

    We took three days to cross the canyon which allowed us to add in extra day hikes while inside the canyon. I would recommend this for sure! There are some beautiful spots in the canyon and many of them you will have all to yourself!

    Our three days in the canyon were exceptional! It was during the rainy season so there was a nice cloud coverage most of the time. The Colorado River looked more like the Muddy Mississippi but it was a nice trade off to have the cooler temps! We never ran into a major storm (which can be a big problem during that time of year). We had time to explore with our packs off! Bonus!

    The most exceptional part of our hike was the fact that we were able to raise just under $10,000 for Hunger Relief in America! 

    "Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

  • Scoping Out the Trail

    Scoping Out the Trail

    Trial Run for The Good Hike -

    Heidi and I decided to hike The Grand Canyon in late June before we brought our friends out to hike with us. Boy O Boy was it HOT! It was most certainly a learning experience.

    Things we learned:

    • Start Early - I mean EARLY! Get up before the sun's up and start hiking. It's one of the most amazing things to witness, seeing the canyon come alive with the morning sun. It's also much easier to hike (in June) when the sun is low in the sky.
    • Salt/Electrolytes = Best Friend: Believe me, it's HOT and the last thing that you want to do is eat pretzel sticks or drink hot water (the pipes were out so we had to carry all of our water) with electrolyte tabs but DO IT! There were a number of people suffering because all they drank was water. The ranger said that people underestimate the power of electrolytes. 
    • Be Open to Changes: Our idea was to hike from the S to N Rim and take the shuttle back around. We had a few days to do this and already had our camping permits in place. Upon arriving, we found out that there was a section of the trail closed and that we could not complete the entire trek across. Welp, we could either be super bummed or figure it out. We were bummed but seriously, it ended up as a blessing in disguise for us. We decided to do one night at Indian Gardens. We started hiking in the late afternoon to Indian Gardens and spent the night there. The next day we woke up at 4am and hiked to the Colorado River and back out the South Rim. Then we shuttled around and hiked the N Rim.
    • Hiking Poles! Use Them!

  • Farm to Table Fundraiser 2013

    Farm to Table Fundraiser 2013

    A Farm to Table Experience with the Artists

    Hosted by The Good Hike & Conscious Alliance ~ July 2013

    This fundraiser set on a small farm in Longmont, Colorado was one of the most memorable fundraisers to date. The Good Hike along with Conscious Alliance planned an evening of musical collaboration between some amazingly talented bluegrass artists paired with local fare from Colorado farms. The food was delicious and sourced from the event farm and from local farms within 20 miles of the event. The evening was a magical gathering of people coming together to eat, share stories, dance, and raise money for hunger relief in America. Thank you to all of you who joined us for this event and many thanks to the artists that donated their time and talent to help us as we support hunger relief.

    Thank you Signe Higgins for capturing the evening for us!

     

  • "Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you." Huron Proverb

    I had seen pictures of it before and thought I knew what I was in for but when I walked up to the rim of the canyon my breath was stolen from me. Never had I experienced this involuntary escape of breath before. That day standing on the South Rim of The Grand Canyon I experienced something that has resonated deep within my soul.

    My husband and I were on a month long road trip camping and hiking across the western part of the country. It was a long day of travel and we finally made it to the canyon. We had enough time to hike for about an hour but had to turn around to make it out on time to travel on down the road. That day I learned that many people make the trek across the canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim. I had a lot of time to think on this road trip of ours and I thought maybe I could get a group together to hike the canyon. I had just completed a relay for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital where 30 of us ran from Memphis, TN to Mobile, AL, all the while raising money for the hospital. Each runner had a goal of raising $2,000. I decided that maybe I could organize a hike that could have this same kind of concept. I presented this idea to my friend Heidi Pritchett and she was on board right away. We knew we wanted to hike the canyon and hike for a cause but that’s as far as we got until we decided to go to a String Cheese show in Nashville. We made donations to the canned food drive that was hosted by Conscious Alliance and learned more about this worthy organization. Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit focused on hunger relief and youth empowerment. We decided that night after the show that we were going to raise money for hunger relief and have our proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance. We decided to call our hike The Good Hike. We planned for months and even hiked the trail together in advance to make sure we would be able to lead a group. In August 2012 five of us hiked the 26 miles across the canyon and raised $10,000 for hunger relief. What an accomplishment! We had an idea, saw it through, and accomplished something beautiful. Heidi and I are a go-getting, energetic, and fun loving duo. Where I fall short in something she picks up the slack and vise-versa. We have an obvious love for anything outdoors and have been sharing this love with others for years now. Our soles come to you with many miles of experience. My love for the outdoors came into fruition in 1999 when I was 19 and worked for the summer in Nantahala, North Carolina. That summer I played outside as much as possible and have found myself trying to do the same ever since. 

    Written by Kara Sebastian Breitung