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, helping to build many miles of trail, and am a steward of three miles of the trail near Oracle. In September 2011 I was hired on as the Gateway Community Liaison and worked there until 2016. I developed the Gateway Community program and traveled the state, educating people about the trail, coordinating Trail Day events, and speaking to business organizations about embracing Eco-tourism.
If you’d like to donate to the Arizona Trail Association or become a member, visit the Arizona Trail Association website.
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!