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Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Who: Sarah Castle & Alison Wright

The hike that launched The Cairn Project: in 2016, Founders Alison Wright and Sarah Castle set out to hike the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada as the first “Get Out, Give Back” adventure.

Instagram: @alison.m.wright | @sc_castle

221 Miles in 12 days

Named for one of America’s best loved wilderness explorers, the JMT is a long distance hiking route that follows the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. From its northern terminus in Yosemite Valley, it passes through several Wilderness Areas, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The JMT ends at the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Lower 48 (14,505 ft).

Fundraising Goal: $30,000

Inspiring Adventure & Elevating Women

The inaugural Get Out Give Back adventure was an unforgettable experience and an exciting challenge. Check out our our trip report for a day-by-day digest and our gear lists. And for more of a taste of Sarah and Alison’s time on the JMT, check out this essay published by Outdoor Women’s Alliance.