Overland Park, KS - REI
Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Overland Park, KS - REI

UPDATE: We have outgrown the space at the Overland Park REI store. This event will now be held at the Museum at Prairiefire - 5801 W 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66223.

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Chicago, IL - REI
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago, IL - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Vernon Hills, IL - REI
Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Vernon Hills, IL - REI

For our stop in Vernon Hills, we’re switching things up a bit. Join us Saturday morning at the Vernon Hills REI store to hear the story, then join us immediately after for a hike!

The Talk

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

THE HIKE

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

Check out this trail on AllTrails here

HIKE INFORMATION - Des Plaines River Trail: Old School County Forest to Des Plaines

  • DISTANCE: The trail we’ve chosen is a point-to-point trail, so don’t be alarmed by the 21+ miles listed on the AllTrails link above. We will aim to do 5 miles together, and if we are feeling good and want to keep going, we can!

  • 252 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as EASY on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK 
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group on Saturday morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com

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Ann Arbor, MI - REI
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Ann Arbor, MI - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Cleveland, OH - REI
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Cleveland, OH - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Pittsburgh, PA - REI Force of Nature Campout
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Pittsburgh, PA - REI Force of Nature Campout

The Event

Calling all Forces of Nature to join REI for the annual Force of Nature Campout at Ohiopyle!

This inclusive event for women and non-binary people is for those looking to reconnect with nature and explore this beautiful park with an amazing group of people! Get ready to spend a memorable night under the stars with a supercharged campout led by REI experts and our incredible partners. We're heading back to Ohiopyle State Park for fun and fellowship at one of our favorite places to camp! Explore the park on your own and find hiking, paddling, climbing and cycling adventures or join our REI instructors and partners for led programming including, guided nature walks, workshops, inspirational talks and no campout is complete without a campfire and s'mores! Sunday morning wake up and grab some pancakes and coffee, then hit the amphitheater for group yoga. We'll set up a lounge, games and camp kitchen for you to cook your meals while REI staff is on hand to help with anything you need to make your camping experience a breeze. And we're making it really simple: we reserve the campsite - you just bring your food, gear and adventurous spirit! Fee includes campsite reservation, parking, programs and pancake breakfast, Space is limited - sign up today!

Campfire Chat on Saturday Night

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

Hike with Sydney on Sunday

You’ve heard the talk, now let’s take it to the trail. The weekend isn’t over yet. After the morning activities and group stewardship afterwards, pack it up and stick it out for a hike with Sydney around Ohiopyle State Park.

We will share updated hike information here closer to the event.

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Reading, MA - REI
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Reading, MA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Framingham, MA - REI
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

Framingham, MA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Cranston, RI - REI
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cranston, RI - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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New York, NY - REI
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

New York, NY - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Timonium, MD - REI
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Timonium, MD - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Washington, DC - REI
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Washington, DC - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Charlotte, NC - REI
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Charlotte, NC - REI

NOTE: On Saturday October 26, we will be co-hosting a hike with Women Who Hike!

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Bozeman Group Hike
Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Bozeman Group Hike

After hearing Sydney share her story at the Bozeman REI on August 14th, join us for a hike! 

For this stop on the Hiking My Feelings Tour, we're partnering with Outsiety- a Montana-based organization with a mission to get more women outdoors. Whether you've been on the hiking path regularly or want to get your 'hiking groove' back (or started), this is a hike for you! It is fine by us if our hiking pace differs, let's get out and enjoy the day! This hike is co-ed - the more the merrier!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Lava Lake Trail
6 miles (hike listed is 2.9 point-to-point, we will return to the trailhead we start at)
1,636 ft elevation gain
Rated as Moderate on the Hiking Project, please review the information at the link to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

ABOUT THE HIKE (from the Hiking Project App)
This is a popular trail, but for good reason. It is a good solid workout with a wonderful, calm lake at the end to sit, relax, and appreciate the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the Gallatin Valley. 

The trail tread is wide at many points allowing hikers to move at their own pace without being held up, or holding others up. The trail is popular with all ages and types of people from trail runners to meanderers, to hunters, and even the occasional skier in winter. 

Starting from the trailhead along the Gallatin River make your way into dense coniferous forest on wide tread. The elevation gain for the first 3/4 of the length of the hike is mellow but a good workout. Savor the micro scenery along the way. The last 1/4 of the hike is along switchbacks, but they are worth the workout. Reach the top and find yourself treated to the expansive Lava Lake nestled in among its mountainous surroundings. 

At the lake continue off-trail along the left-hand side to find some solitude or just rest at the foot of the lake with the other hikers who are undoubtedly out enjoying this fine place alongside you.

SPONSORS
We're excited to share products from Hammer Nutrition with you!

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com.

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Bozeman, MT - REI
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Bozeman, MT - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman Group Hike
Aug
10
7:00 AM07:00

Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman Group Hike

Sydney is the Friday night speaker and will be leading a hike on Saturday morning. Click the button below to learn more about the BOW Summer Workshop in Missoula, MT and to download the registration packet.

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Missoula, MT - Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Sydney is the Friday night speaker and will be leading a hike on Saturday morning. Click the button below to learn more about the BOW Summer Workshop in Missoula, MT and to download the registration packet.

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Missoula, MT - REI
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Missoula, MT - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Kalispell Group Hike
Aug
3
8:00 AM08:00

Kalispell Group Hike

After hearing Sydney share her story at the Kalispell REI on August 1st, join us for a hike! 

For this stop on the Hiking My Feelings Tour, we're partnering with Outsiety - a Montana-based organization with a mission to get more women outdoors. Whether you've been on the hiking path regularly or want to get your 'hiking groove' back (or started), this is a hike for you! It is fine by us if our hiking pace differs, let's get out and enjoy the day! This hike is co-ed - the more the merrier!

The hike will be about 7 miles total. This hike begins flat then steadily climbs alongside Bond Creek for the last mile before the waterfall/picnic area. We will stop at the waterfall/picnic area where we'll have time to chat, take more pictures, have snacks, etc. before we head back to the trailhead.

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. 

Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Bond Creek Trail
7 miles
859 ft elevation gain
Rated as Moderate on the HIking Project, please review the information at the link to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

SPONSORS
We're excited to share products from Hammer Nutrition with you!

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

If you have questions, let us know! Email sydney@hikingmyfeelings.com.

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Kalispell, MT - REI
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Kalispell, MT - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Seattle Group Hike - #WeHikeToHeal
Jul
27
8:00 AM08:00

Seattle Group Hike - #WeHikeToHeal

After seeing Sydney speak (see dates below), join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

AVAILABLE TALKS: 
Tuesday 7/23 @ Tacoma REI
Wednesday 7/24 @ Olympia REI
Thursday 7/25 @ Seattle REI

PARTNER HIKE
This hike is a partner event with The Outdoor Journal Tour, creators of the #WeHikeToHeal movement. Join us for a gorgeous hike through Tiger Mountain State Forest and learn more about how mindful movement can help enhance your experience on and off the trail! Be sure to tag your photos with #hikingmyfeelings and #wehiketoheal!

GIVEAWAY
We will be giving away one FREE Lifetime PRO membership to AllTrails for folks who attend this hike.

HIKE INFORMATION - Poo Poo Point Trail

  • 7.2 miles 

  • 2,007 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information available to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a journal, plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

PARKING: We will park at Issaquah High School and walk to the trailhead together. Please click below to RSVP and receive specific meeting information the day before the hike.

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Seattle, WA - REI
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Seattle, WA - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Olympia, WA - REI
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Olympia, WA - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Tacoma, WA - REI
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Tacoma, WA - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Hillsboro, OR - REI
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Hillsboro, OR - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. In Portland, we are on a bit of a tighter schedule so the hike will be happening before this talk. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Portland, OR - REI
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Portland, OR - REI

HEAR THE TALK
After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. In Portland, we are on a bit of a tighter schedule so the hike will be happening before this talk. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Portland Group Hike
Jul
13
8:00 AM08:00

Portland Group Hike

  • Silver Falls State Park - Trail of Ten Falls (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After seeing Sydney speak (see dates below), join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

AVAILABLE TALKS: 
Monday 7/8 @ Salem REI
Wednesday 7/10 @ Tualatin REI
Thursday 7/11 @ Clackamas REI

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Trail of Ten Falls

  • 7.1 miles 

  • 1,095 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information available to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • PARKING: $5

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Clackamas, OR - REI
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Clackamas, OR - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Tigard, OR - REI
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Tigard, OR - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Salem-Keizer, OR - REI
Jul
8
6:00 PM18:00

Salem-Keizer, OR - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Medford Group Hike
Jun
29
8:00 AM08:00

Medford Group Hike

  • Wagner Butte Trail Talent, OR, 97540 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After seeing Sydney speak at the Medford REI on Tuesday night, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver: http://bit.ly/HMFwaiver

HIKE INFORMATION - Wagner Butte Trail

  • 9.4 miles 

  • 2,352 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as HARD on AllTrails, please review the information available to gauge how comfortable you are with this route. 

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Medford, OR - REI
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Medford, OR - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here To learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Reno Group Hike
Jun
22
8:00 AM08:00

Reno Group Hike

After seeing Sydney speak at the Reno REI on Wednesday night, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Hunter Creek Trail

  • 5.7 miles

  • 1,210ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route.

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Reno, NV - REI
Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

Reno, NV - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

JOIN THE WALK: On the weekends after most of our tour stops, we pick a hike in the local area and invite you to come along with us. Click here to learn more about the hike for this tour stop.

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Folsom + Sacramento Group Hike
Jun
15
7:00 AM07:00

Folsom + Sacramento Group Hike

After seeing the talk(s) on Tuesday/Thursday night, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Tuesday, June 11: Folsom REI
Thursday, June 13: Sacramento REI

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - West Ridge Trail to Satan's Cesspool

  • 10.7 miles 

  • 1,847 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route. 

  • Dog-friendly.

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Sacramento, CA - REI
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Sacramento, CA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Folsom, CA - REI
Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

Folsom, CA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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San Francisco + Santa Rosa Group Hike
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

San Francisco + Santa Rosa Group Hike

After seeing the talk(s) on Tuesday/Friday night, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Tuesday, June 4: San Francisco REI
Friday, June 7: Santa Rosa REI

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - Hood Mountain and Panoramic Ranch Trail Loop

  • 6.0 miles 

  • 2,047 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as HARD on AllTrails, please review the information on the URL above to gauge how comfortable you are with this route. 

  • Dog-friendly

WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Santa Rosa, CA - REI
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Rosa, CA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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San Francisco, CA - REI
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

San Francisco, CA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Berkeley + Mountain View Group Hike
Jun
1
8:00 AM08:00

Berkeley + Mountain View Group Hike

  • Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After seeing the talk(s) on Tuesday/Thursday night, join us Saturday morning for a group hike + brunch!

Tuesday, May 28: Berkeley REI
Thursday, May 30: Mountain View REI

Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and dress for the weather. Before you arrive, please fill out the waiver.

HIKE INFORMATION - PG&E, Upper High Meadow, Wildcat, Roque Valley and Coyote Loop

  • 8.0 miles 

  • 1,692 ft elevation gain

  • Rated as MODERATE on AllTrails, please review the information at the URL to gauge how comfortable you are with this route. 

  • Dog-friendly

.WALK + TALK
After we hike, let's grab coffee/juice/lunch! Depending on who sticks around, we will pick a place and I will post an update with the location in the Facebook group in the morning.

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Mountain View, CA - REI
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Mountain View, CA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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Berkeley, CA - REI
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Berkeley, CA - REI

After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?” It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail.

The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn’t the hard part? The second hike was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations she had placed on herself while reclaiming her shine. Get inspired & learn more about how to heal your mind+body on the trail. 

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