Starting in early April, I’ll be setting off to solo thru hike the Appalachian Trail. This feat (approximately 2,200 miles) will take me anywhere from 5-6 months to complete. I’m embarking on this journey for a lot of the same reasons that others do: to refresh, to prove to myself that I can overcome a great challenge, and to foster my own personal clarity and happiness. I want to take life at my own pace for a while and, by doing so, develop a greater appreciation for the simple aspects and amenities of everyday that I often overlook… Not to mention, the AT gives me a stellar excuse to be outside for 5-6 months!

But when I started planning for the Appalachian Trail, I knew I wanted my thru hike to have an impact on something greater than myself by fundraising for an organization whose mission connected with my thru hiking experience. When I looked into Ugandan Water Project, I realized that the same water filtration system that I use on trail is essentially a small scale version of what UWP installs in Uganda to bring clean water to entire communities! After looking into UWP’s work and the impact that they have had, and continue to have, in Ugandan communities, I decided I wanted to hike for UWP. Now when I’m on trail and I drink out of my Sawyer Squeeze water filter, I’ll be reminded of how my hike is bringing as many as 100 Sawyer filters to communities in Uganda and changing lives in the process! I’d love for you to join me on my journey and contribute toward my goal to raise $7,500 for clean water in Uganda!