We are proud to report that Jason Andelman and Kelly Holland achieved their goal of hiking 100 miles in Shenandoah National Park over the course of one weekend. Their adventure began at 5:30 a.m. on September 16th at the south end of the park, and ended at 10:45 p.m. on September 18th at 10:45 p.m. In between: 107 miles of hiking.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call it fun,” Jason reported, “but it was a very rewarding experience.” He added, “I think events like this are almost more draining mentally than physically. I am sure it is kind of a chicken and egg thing, as maybe the physical drain affects your psyche, or perhaps vice-versa. I think a lot people could probably do 30+ mile hike in one day. The really hard part was doing it 3 days in a row.”
Kelly agreed that the mental aspect was extremely challenging. But the satisfaction of accomplishing her goal surpasses the anguish. And she has set a wonderful example for her three kids. “Back at home,” she said, “my 9 year-old gave me a hug and told me how proud he was. My 7 year-old made me ‘I’m proud of you’ cards. My 5 year-old asked if I had gone on my hike yet.”
Jason and Kelly devised Crooked Trail 100 as charter members of Shenandoah National Park Trust’s Hundred Mile Club, which challenges hikers to walk 100 miles in the park and raise or pledge $1/mile or more. You can read about their adventure on their blog and you can help them reach their $5,000 fundraising goal with your pledge.