Mikah Meyer is 2 years into a 3 year journey to travel to all of the 417 US National Park Units, and if he completes this in the timeframe that he’s set he will break two world records. He will be the first person to visit all 417 parks in one continuous trip and the youngest to visit them all but this is only half of the story.
Mikah is also a Christian and openly gay. His journey of visiting all of the US parks started as a way to honor his late father that loved the outdoors and passed away at 58. Over time, it’s transformed him into being a vocal ambassador for LGBT inclusion in the Outdoor community.
But the publicity that he is garnering is coming at a price, literally. One of his sponsors recently dropped him because they felt like his voice had become too loud and that he was doing too much outreach to the LGBT community.
In this episode we discuss…
The original ‘why’ for his trip to honor his father that passed away.
Planning the trip and buying his moving home, a decked out van.
When his trip transformed into him being a global voice for LGBT inclusion in the outdoor community.
One of his sponsors cancelling the sponsorship because he was doing too much for the LGBT community.
How he is continuing to pay for the trip to all 417 US National Park Units.
How will he end the trip and when he successfully breaks two world records.
Shout out to Bill Sycalik, also a National Park fanatic and a previous guest on the podcast. Check out Bill’s story of running a marathon in all of the US National Parks after reaching a breaking point, “my lifestyle wasn’t feeding me, it was feeding ON me.”
Mikah Meyer’s $50 for 50 fundraiser to get to all of the US National Park Units in Alaska.
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