I section-hiked the 800-mile Arizona Trail in 2008-2009 to raise awareness for Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that I have had since 1997. I kept a detailed website with trail journals, pictures and videos at www.aztrail4fms.org
I have volunteered with the Arizona Trail Association since 2007 and in September 2011 was hired on as the Gateway Community Liaison. I travel the state, educating people about the trail, throwing Trail Day events, and speaking to business organizations about embracing Eco-tourism.
On March 14, 2014, I began the Arizona Trail Trek, a thru-hike of the trail to promote the new guidebook, the trail, and the Gateway Communities. 13 events were held in the Gateway Communities and people were invited to hike with me on dayhikes and backpacking trips highlighting the best of the AZT. I completed the trail on May 31st and raised $17,800 for the Arizona Trail Association. Check out the website at www.aztrail.org/azttrek or click here to read all blog posts from the Arizona Trail Trek!