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Connecting the Divide: Michael Hervey’s 3,100 mile journey on the Continental Divide Trail

How far would you go to raise money for a cause you care about? Would you hike over 3,000 miles? Michael Hervey is! 

Michael is a 25 year-old long distance hiker and ultrarunner that will be taking on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in the Spring of 2017, raising money for Outdoor Outreach. Extending 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico, with altitude gains ranging from 4,000 to 14,000 feet, the CDT is considered one of the highest, most challenging, and most remote long-distance trails in the United States.

With years of impressive long distance hikes and runs under his belt, such as the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) and rim-to-rim-to-rim of the Grand Canyon, Michael is no stranger to physical and mental challenges. He is taking on this next test with the hope of providing underserved youth with opportunities to experience the outdoors and inspiring them to protect these wild, natural places.

People ask me a lot why I do these runs and hikes; I think it’s a concept that is hard for most people to wrap their heads around,” said Michael. “For me, when I get out in the mountains and on the trail, I feel more at peace. Getting to see all of these amazing places, getting to be out in nature for long periods of time — there is so much room for personal growth.”

Michael’s hike along the CDT will benefit Outdoor Outreach’s recreational and environmental stewardship programs that allow underserved and at-risk youth to see the outdoors the same way that Michael does – as valued lands that need to be protected.

Beginning mid-April, Michael’s hike will take him about 6 months to complete. Stay tuned for updates on his journey and more information on how to donate.

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