Kimberly Kelly

Trail name: Mama Bear

Home: Detroit, Mi

AGE: 27

“I was supposed to do the hike last year, and then my grandmother who raised me passed away really suddenly and so I couldn’t do it. She always wanted me to live for myself more. So I started the trail on April 15, on her birthday, this year. I feel like since my grandma passed away—it’s been over a year now—I kinda let go of a lot of my self-discipline and self-care and all that, and I got really distracted with work and more unhealthy coping skills. I soak up people so easily, like their energy; I feel like it influences me in a lot of ways. I feel like I’m in a place now where I get to listen to my surroundings, not people.”