New Program to Benefit Thru-hikers and the PCTA

If you dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, but want a little help, Yama Mountain Gear has launched a program that’ll hook you up with free gear and advice. In return, you’re challenged to give back to the trail. Yama is an ultralight gear company founded by Gen “Magnet” Shimizu, a long distance PCT hiker. The advisers in the mYAMAdenture program are a dream team of well known PCTers.

Do this, with free gear and coaching, while knowing that you’ve given back to the trail. Good deal?

Do this, with free gear and coaching, while knowing that you’ve given back to the trail. Good deal?

mYAMAdventure connects participating hikers with mentors experienced in long-distance hikes. In addition to advice in the planning process, hikers also receive some gear for their hike from gear makers who have teamed up with mYAMAdventure. We aim to help aspiring long-distance hikers while giving back to those protecting our trail systems.

In return, each hiker is asked to fundraise for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, with a group goal to raise $10,000. The hikers will also share photos and stories from their journey online, in hopes of inspiring others to pursue their own dreams — perhaps even embark on their own long hike someday. We’re seeking five people to hike in 2014. If you think you’d be a good match, you can apply on the program page at: www.yamamountaingear.com/mYAMAdventure.

Thanks for the support Yama Mountain Gear!

Thanks for the support Yama Mountain Gear!

If you can’t go on the hike, but want to follow the hikers’ progress this year, we’ll have their bios available from the above link. We’ll also feature photos and status updates from our group accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

As a small business in the outdoor industry, the biggest reward comes from helping people to get outside, especially for their first ‘long’ hike. We can’t wait to welcome this year’s hikers and see the program grow in future years.

Hike Simply,
Gen “Magnet” Shimizu & YAMA Mountain Gear

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton