In 2016, my solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail brought me more strength and confidence than I knew were possible. So in 2018, I wanted to empower more young women to embark on their own personal transformation journeys. That’s why I hiked 2,300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to fundraise for three women-run organizations that teach girls self-respect, bravery and camaraderie in the outdoors. Learn more about the project at janelgazelle.com.
It only took walking from Georgia to Maine to figure out that my life purpose is not to overanalyze my life purpose, but to think less and feel more; to welcome and cultivate the sensation of trust—in myself, in the universe and in the meaning of it all.