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A hiker has trekked over 5,000 miles and counting, to raise money for suicide prevention

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A hiker has trekked over 5,000 miles and counting, to raise money for suicide prevention

25-year-old Jeff Garmire of Vancouver, Washington is attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide. These rigorous trails are known as the Triple Crown of hiking.  So far Garmire has hiked 5,400 miles since February and is still going, all while blogging the entire experience. Garmire's goal is to raise $10,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a cause he believes requires more attention.   

I could go without a shower or laundry - as long as I get in a really good meal and sometimes throw in a beer or two on top of that
Jeff Garmire-Hiker

The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from Mexico to Canada, the Appalachian Trail spans 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine, and the Continental Divide totals 3,100 miles and runs from Montana to New Mexico. 

Currently, he is hiking the Continental Divide and treks about 30 to 40 miles a day, which is considered record speed among the hiking community. His plan is to complete the Triple Crown by October and reach his fundraising goal for suicide prevention. Garmire says he knows of at least three or four people who have completed the Triple Crown, which is known to be a life accomplishment for many hikers. He claims he isn't alone in this journey and is grateful for his family who have transformed their Vancouver home into a makeshift base camp.

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Garmire carries limited amount of gear for his hikes and says that whenever he reaches civilization, food is his number one priority.  

If this crazy adventure I am on can help even just one person whether I even make it or not it would be a giant success
Jeff Garmire-Hiker

Suicide prevention is something that Garmire believes that can only be improved with publicity, awareness, and acceptance. He goes on to say that suicide devastates communities, mystifies families, and even confounds the organizations set up to prevent it.


 

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You can follow his progress and even donate to suicide prevention on his website freeoutside.com 

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