why I hike

My name is Jesse Cody and I’m the founder/director of Hike the Good Hike. For the past year, I have been building HTGH into a brand that emphasizes how hiking and wilderness exploration can benefit mental health. 

 Late in 2014, after years of struggling with my own mental health issues, I was contemplating suicide. Through a series of serendipitous occurrences involving Bill Bryson’s book A Walk in the Woods and a cameo by Robert Redford (long story…) I found myself on the Appalachian Trail, having never pitched a tent before. It was the walk that saved my life - all 2,200 miles of it.   

 Hiking uplifted my spirit and convinced me that life was worth living. I was able to calm the voices in my head that I’d spent a lifetime battling and actually engage with them from a thoughtful and grounded place. 5 years and roughly 6,500 miles of trails later, I embrace life fully and feel deeply aligned with my purpose. Today I am committed to sharing my journey to inspire others. 

                               Jesse Cody aka Boston Mule

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