Mia’s passing is why I started Guys Who Hike.

Loneliness is something I’ve struggled with.

Being 52 and single and never married has its challenges.

I also live alone and work from home, alone, having worked from home the better part of the last 2 decades.

And losing Mia in June has made my world even lonelier.

After that, I started to do a little research on loneliness and the difficulties it is for many adults to make friends, and I learned what a widespread problem this is for many people, and even more so for men.

Male loneliness has been called the ticking time bomb that’s killing men. It’s been described as a ‘silent epidemic‘: the number of lonely men in the UK and US is on the rise, and so are male suicides.

So I thought about what type of community I could build to bring guys together.

I knew I wanted it to be some sort of fitness/outdoor adventure/active community.

And that’s when I came up with Guys Who Hike.

The mission of Guys Who Hike is to create a brotherhood and bring awareness to men’s mental health issues through hiking, fitness and other outdoor adventures.

We have monthly and annual hiking and fitness challenges that you can do as part of a group or individually.

Our aim is to help guys create friendships with other guys through bonding in the outdoors.

Guys Who Hike also plans on giving back to organizations like Movember and the Wounded Warrior Project.

If you know of any guys interested in joining a challenge, please do so here.

Hope to see some of you in the community!

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