Please donate on our page at Hike for Mental Health
In 2022 Mat and Casey will be connecting Mt. St. Helens, Mt Adams and Mt Rainier together in a single trip. We have partnered with Hike for Mental Health, to raise money for their organization.
Hike for Mental Health
Hike for Mental Health, is a 503(c) non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible.
They put 80% of their funds towards the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and 20% towards the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail to help protect and conserve. I invite you to take a look at their website and learn more about them.
100% of donations received through fundraisers, like ours, are distributed to the aforementioned recipients.
What is Sleeping Giants?
Sleeping Giants is the name of this trek.
Why? Why fundraise and hike, or why the hike? Why? Why.
On a weekend trip Mat tells me, “Hey you know what would be neat? Connecting Mt St Helens, Mt Adams and Mt Rainier to form a triangle.” Yeah, that’d be neat.
I had a few thoughts like that over the past few years as well, but never really gave it much more thought than that. Once Mat mentioned it, it was on. I’m the data guy.
After I got back home, I did some research and found out that we could connect the mountains via trail, but the link from Mt Rainier to Mt St Helens didn’t exist. So, a hike that was mostly a triangle was it.
On top of this, from what Mat and I can tell we will be the first to do this trek. At least documented. Please let us know if someone out there as already done it.
As we were doing more research, we realized that this should be for a cause as well. Let’s do some good! Mental illness/ wellness is something that is near and dear to me, and I had discovered Hike for Mental Health sometime in 2021. So I knew exactly which organization that I would like to be a benefactor for.
I’ll go into more detail about the mental wellness part. But for now, we have a hike and we have a cause.
What about the Hike?
The actual trek went through several iterations of the starting point. Originally it was going to be Johnston Ridge Observatory
but was ultimately changed to June Lake. This change was purely for the fact of getting closer to the crater, and then moving away. Instead of starting at the closest point to the crater and then moving away.
On July 1st we decided to change the starting point back to Johnston Ridge Observatory. The additional miles required, and not being able to train as much as we thought we would be able to do, made us reconsider the extra 10 miles or so.
The end point is Paradise Park/ Paradise Inn area within the Mt Rainier National Park.
These are the planned stats, and will mostly likely change a little bit once we’re done.
~21 miles per day on average
The following image is the path that we will take