I DID THE THING
October 03, 2016
After completing a thruhike of the 486-mile Colorado Trail, I, Brown Girl, have decided to take on something a little more ambitious: the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, running from the US-Mexico border all the way to the US-Canada border. As I'm incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity through Backpacker Magazine and Mountain Hardwear's Adopt-A-Thruhiker program(!), I want to use this privilege to once again support an organization that helps others experience the challenge, the escape, and the solace there is to be found in exploring the great outdoors.
Big City Mountaineers is an organization devoted to mentoring under-served urban youth in the outdoors. BCM offers over 1,000 teens per year the opportunity to participate in single day, overnight, and week-long expeditions in the backcountry with volunteer mentors to foster new connections with themselves, with their peers, and with the environment. As urban youth are preponderantly youth of color, I thought it appropriate that a hiker encouraging folks of all colors to get outside support an organization with a similar cause.
I'm aiming for $1325 - a dollar for every two miles I hike - but just a $5 donation supports a teen's full day in the backcountry, so every little bit helps. If you see fit to donate $30 or more, I'll even send you a postcard from the trail!
To follow along with the hike, visit http://www.browngirlonthepct.com.