"I HIKE WITH MIKE"
DISRUPTING THE AGING MODELS
FEBRUARY 2019 - FEBRUARY 2020
Contribute in the "I Hike with Mike-Athon"
IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE TRIPLE CROWN
The Triple Crown (TC) includes the three longest trails in the United States: The Appalachian Trail (2,184 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2,654 miles), and the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles). Since 1994, the ALDHA-West has recognized 259 individuals as “Triple Crowners,” for completing each of these trails in their entirety. Of this small group of people, less than 10 people has reported to have completed them all in one calendar year. To put in perspective the significance of this accomplishment, more people have walked on the surface of the moon than completed the TC within in one calendar year. The projected mileage goals are 252 days of hiking an average of 30 miles per day = 7,700 miles. The tentative proposed route is based on a 2016 successful completion that started with the Appalachian Trail: 2/5-4/29, the Pacific Crest Trail: 5/3-7/23, and the Continental Divide Trail: 7/28-10/16
Michael (Mike) Fagan is a 71-year-old Health Food Store owner. He is an expert in fitness, wellness, nutrition, naturopathic supplements, and most health related fields. He has hiked all over the world in the harshest environments and is quite adept at most athletic endeavors. Mike Fagan’s store, Montana Harvest Natural Foods in Billings, MT, and the store’s local radio show, “Let’s Stay Healthy” on News Talk 730 supports healthy eating and activities while focusing on the education of its customers rather than just selling them products.
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The Triple Crown Trail Project is one hiker achieving a monumental goal, but it is also much more. The intent of this project is to also video every step of all three trails using a mosaic approach from volunteers who will be asked to hike along with Michael Fagan during his attempt. This project truly embodies the paradigm that age is just a number, and that aging can be just another part of the way we manage our health. Michael Fagan will complete the Triple Crown Trail Project in one calendar year at 71 years of age. The intention of this project is to involve as many 50+ year old individuals as possible in the support and successful completion of this mission. One person hiking the Triple Crown can inspire thousands. One person hiking the Triple Crown with the support and active participation of others in their age group creates the opportunity to inspire millions. Gold Canyon Heart and Home (GCHH), an Arizona 501c3 Non- Profit organization is sponsoring this project for Michael Fagan as part of its Senior Outreach and Support Initiatives.
The entire vision of this project revolves around senior participation. It’s about creating greater awareness that age is only a number, and that number equals experience and talent across literally every career, skill-set or hobby. For Michael Fagan to complete the Triple Crown hike in one year he will need tremendous logistics and material support. He will likely need last minute private air transportation to section hike between trails during unforeseen weather or other trail-related obstacles. He will need medical evaluations to insure his safety. He will need supplies delivered frequently to be able to travel as light as possible. He will also need hiking enthusiasts to share in the mission of videoing and witnessing his journey along the trails from section to section. He will have as many people filming while hiking along as possible without slowing his 30-mile per day goal. He will have his own body camera(s) and GPS, but the inclusive nature of this project should create a tremendous amount of additional overlapping footage from volunteers throughout the project. Many Hikers, Private Pilots, Drone Enthusiasts, Medical and other Professionals from every industry are 50+ years old. Our mission is to involve as many of them as possible to be a part of this adventure.
It is this project’s intention to reach out to every community along all three of the trails. All three trails are integral parts of our American heritage and history. The trails themselves were born of necessity during the settling of America and are now mostly maintained by volunteers from the communities they border or pass through. It is our intention to honor these amazing volunteers and their communities by seeking out their active involvement in supporting this project. We want to document the stories behind the trails from historical evolution to the modern day conservation that they require. Each town and trail support group and its hikers has a unique background and story to tell. This project intends to put a spotlight on as many of them as possible to support their own causes to conserve and protect these trails and their history.
It is this projects intention to reach out to the local media in every community along all three of the trails. We believe that this is the best way to involve the community and give any prospective volunteers adequate time to prepare for the opportunity to hike along with Michael Fagan and possibly add any of their own stories, perspectives and video footage they may be willing to provide to this project during the hike. We are hoping for many 50+ year old participants, but all are welcome to hike along with Mike as far as they choose. After all, the trails are open to every American.
Press Releases, Interviews and Volunteers...
Press Releases and requests for interviews will be handled by GCHH. Please contact Joe@gchh.org. If you are interested in volunteering in our event your help his greatly appreciated! Please fill out our online volunteer application by clicking here.