Today we thank our veterans for their service. And we take a moment to reflect on how the history of one of our favorite pastimes, thru-hiking, remains inextricably linked to “walking off the war.” From the father of thru-hiking Earl Shaffer to the founder of Warrior Expeditions Sean Gobin, explore how veterans find catharsis on the trail.
Veterans have turned to wilderness therapy programs to ease the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other combat-related injuries for many years. But with parks closed and many states ordering residents to stay at home, these therapeutic adventures have been put on hold. Program directors nationwide weigh in on how these programs might resume later this summer and advise veterans to seek fresh air close to home while they wait out quarantine.