Brigid and Jake are 23 years old and recent graduates from a tiny environmental liberal arts school in northern Wisconsin called Northland College. Being very much undecided about the what's, where's, and how's of our next steps in our lives, we decided to embark on a journey. A journey, we decided, would help us gain some perspective and understanding of the human experience and our relationship with this crazy, beautiful Earth. Having grown up in Wisconsin and New York, neither Jake nor Brigid had seen much of the western half of the U.S. We had both agreed on the fact that the only real way to experience an area in depth is to do so on your own two feet. So, the decision to hike the Pacific Crest trail was an easy one to make. We decided to hike 1,600 miles of the PCT southbound from White Pass, WA to Kennedy Meadows, CA.
Shortly after committing to and fully scheduling our PCT hike, we learned about the Range of Motion Project (ROMP). ROMP is an amazing non-profit organization that works to connect prosthetic limbs to those who wouldn't otherwise have access to such services. Learning about ROMP really made us aware of just how lucky we are to have all limbs intact. The ability to walk is something we definitely have taken for granted and we can't even begin to imagine what life would be without it. So we have to decided to hike in honor of ROMP. We hope that this will not only raise awareness of this organization and the incredible work it does, but inspire others to get outside and stretch those limbs not everyone is so lucky to have.