3,800mi. Hike for The Sierra Club, No Más Muertes, and SONG!

For: The Sierra Club, No Más Muertes, Southerners on New Ground
Organizer: Witt Wisebram (El Matador)
3,800mi. Hike for The Sierra Club, No Más Muertes, and SONG! (The Sierra Club, No Más Muertes, Southerners on New Ground)
$2,410
of $1,800 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 25 donors

The Story

Hello! My name is Witt Wisebram, and I'm a long distance hiker. My "trail name" is El Matador. This spring, summer, and fall, I will be attempting to hike 3,800 miles and complete the "triple crown of hiking." I completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (2,200 mi.) in 2003, and I completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 mi.) in 2015. This year I hope to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail (≈3,000 mi.).  I will also be thru-hiking the Arizona Trail (800 mi.) before beginning the CDT.  I'd like your help in raising money for some important organizations, while I walk. 

While physically and psychologically demanding, thru-hiking, in some regards, is escapism at its finest.  Every hiker approaches a trail with a different attitude and intention. For me, I find long distance hiking to be healing, educational, challenging, and spiritually fulfilling.  I try to approach hiking with a creative spirit, so that each step becomes a way of expressing myself and a chance to learn more about myself and the world around me.  It requires privilege and support to complete one of these trails, and I'd like to give back as part of the expression that I make.  I'd like to use my legs, sweat, and tears to help others, so that this hike isn't just about me.  I'd like to help lift marginalized people up, the way that the vistas, spirits, and sunsets lift me.

So, what do I want to express? I want to address, in some small way, the very real injustices that the natural world, persons of color, migrants, and LGBTQIA2 people have always faced, but that have been escalated due to the current political climate. The organizations that will benefit from your donation are at the forefront of helping those in need. Please take the time to do some research about each one, but I have included brief descriptions below.

I've included a graphic (made by beautiful partner Dianna) with a suggested donation structure for those of you who would like to pay-per-mile, which can be found in the photo gallery above. All money raised will go directly to these organizations. I'll be sure to update this page throughout my journey. Thank you! 

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No Más Muertes- The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative; people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. No More Deaths maintains a year-round humanitarian presence in the deserts of southwestern Arizona. We work in the remote corridors into which migration has been pushed, where people are walking 30 to 80 miles. Volunteers hike the trails and leave water, food, socks, blankets, and other supplies. Under the direction of our medical team, volunteers provide emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.

www.nomoredeaths.org

SONG (Southerners on New Ground) - SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis, and organizing. SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We envision a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.

www.southernersonnewground.org

The Sierra Club - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy. 

To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

www.sierraclub.org

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 3, 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017

You guys are awesome! We've surpassed the goal for the fundraiser already! I just started my hike a couple of days ago. So far, it has been hot and dry, but beautiful. This picture is Merman and I at the Mexico border in Arizona. Please share the fundraiser with anyone who might be interested! Thanks Again!

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