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Today, June 21st, at 5:00 AM the first step of #Adventure4Life week was taken. I’m currently hiking from sunrise to sunset through the front range of the Rocky  Mountains. (Follow the journey at #Adventure4Life and on my instagram!) Later this week, I’ll be biking 30 miles with my inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard strapped to my back to a beautiful lake for a sunset session, and finally, next weekend, I’ll be following fellow team member as support crew while she attempts to run her first ultra along the Continental Divide over 48 hours.

But this isn’t just your typical adventure. There is a lot more to this than beautiful views, and impossible challenges, and reaching destinations. And I’m not doing this alone. I’ve got a whole team from around the nation and world doing this with me. We’re a team of twenty-five to be exact. 

Myself and 24 other adventurers, some fellow bloggers and writers, some published authors, some entrepreneurs, some just good friends of mine that climb at the same gym as me, and some that simply heard about what we were doing and wanted to join the team, are combining forces to do the impossible this week in support of a cause we believe in: using the outdoors and adventure to improve the lives of others. 

We all believe that our shared passion for travel, the great outdoors, and adventure can be used for good. It can save lives. It can open people’s eyes and minds. It can show people that they’re capable of more than they ever thought they could be.

Where I’d be without my crazy journeys around the world or even microadventures in my own backyard, I have no clue. I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today, have the confidence I have today, or have the sweet biceps I have today!

We’re SUPing around greek islands, cycling the peak to peak, one of America’s highest altitude byways, hiking through Yosemite National Park, kayaking under full moons, following the path of 50 mile long canals.

Starting today, I’ll be showcasing the 24 amazing individuals and the adventures they’re embarking on with photos, stories,

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Here’s what some of the adventurer’s had to say about why they’re doing this. And as you can see, it’s not purely just for the adventure. 

Cindie for Adventure4Life“Cancer has taken too many of my friends, and very recently, my beloved mom. As for my mom, I am not sure what was worse … the cancer or the treatments. My mom was almost 80 when she passed.  She packed a lot of living and loving in those years. She was lucky to have had such a full life.”

– CINDIE LEONARD, WALKING 5K A DAY

 

 

Shay #Adventure4Life“I lost my great aunt to cancer and my mother is a cancer survivor. Watching my mother go through the pains of treatment made me feel incredibly helpless. I’d do anything to help alleviate even just a little bit of the pain, the thought, and the heaviness of cancer for anyone going through such a hard experience.”

– SHAY SKINNER, RUNNING AN ULTRA ON THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE

 

Adam Adventure4Life” I was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia when I was 10 and being involved in Boy Scouts helped me continue to be normal through my rough times. I am very grateful for everyone who helped make all my experiences and trips possible during those years.”

– ADAM NUTTING, HIKING THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.