In late August, 2015, I came across an intriguing question on a web forum for local hikers: Does anyone have a hiking photo for every calendar day of the year? As in, one for January 1, January 2, January 3… all the way through. The photos can spread across multiple years, as long as there’s one for each date (including leap day). That would total 366 hiking photos.

I thought for sure I’d be really close. I felt that over a decade of hiking would mean I had a great shot at achieving this goal pretty quickly. After poring over old photo albums, blogs and journal entries that I was 74 days short.

Since then it became my mission to complete the list of 366 by going hiking on all the “missing” days. Thus, the Hike366 Project was born.

Over the next few years I strove to find new hikes to add to the list. As much as I love hiking, I was sure I’d finish the project in the next year. Little did I know what challenges I would face and what things I’d learn while working on the project.

I completed the list of hikes on May 10, 2018. It took a few more years to write and publish a book about this project and about my experience as a hiker. As a reader, you’ll come on a journey with me as I began discovering the joys of hiking and how this pastime evolved over the years. Along the way, I’ll share tips and skills to practice on your next hike. The book is available on my site, at bookstores across Central Oregon and on Amazon. The accompanying Instagram page shares photos, one a day, from the hikes completed in the project.

Follow hike366 on Instagram to take part in this journey and to inspire a challenge of your own.

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