Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This is a basic Who, What, When, Where, Why, How for Walk The Parks
What else would you like to know? Please contact me directly!
Walk The Parks is a route connecting all 47 National Parks in the lower 48 via human power. The vast majority of this human power will be accomplished by hiking, with some cycling where there are limited trails to follow. The route is approximately 20,000 miles long. Blake Robinson is currently attempting this grand adventure solo.
Blake Robinson is Walk The Parks. Constantly smiling, high-energy, a huge lover of the outdoors and life in general. Blake feels most at home when in nature, and tries to go there any time he can. After completing his MBA, receiving the Student of the Year award from faculty, he completed a 2,200 mile Southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with a 70 pound pack! Since that glorious life-changing hike, Blake has thru-hiked the Colorado Trail, hiked large portions of the Continental Divide Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, skied over 1,000 days in and around Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, explored Nepal, thru hiked the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, completed the Collegiate loop with all twelve 14er summits, completed a bike tour visiting National Parks in Arizona and southern Utah in July/August, and completed hundreds of shorter trips. With Blake’s overwhelming passion for adventure and challenge in life, Walk The Parks is the next natural step.
Walk The Parks started on late July 25, 2017 at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Walk The Parks will be completed is as continuous a fashion as is possible (injuries and funding are the two biggest potential stumbling blocks).
Walk The Parks is divided into 4 Phases.
The first phase connected 13 National Parks from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, was approximately 3,100 miles in length, and consisted of 2,600 miles of hiking and 500 miles of cycling.
The second phase is completed! A continuous thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, through Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, then to Acadia National Park in Maine from the Northern AT terminus.
Next, starting in April, 2019, Blake will head to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California and start walking towards Canada (!) then head to Glacier National Park in Montana if all goes well!
Why not? So many cliches could go right here. Life is short. You only live once. Chase your dreams! To explore the outdoors. To life a life alternate to what society expects me to do. To meet amazing people. To listen. To see things I've never seen.
How am I able to go on this journey?
Saving money! Sadly, I’m not wealthy. I’ve been living a great life in a ski town in Colorado the past eight years. I’ve been working three jobs and saving as much as I can to fund this trip. I'll need to secure additional funding to complete the journey! If you’d like to donate to the cause, or send some encouragement my way, click here.
What Other questions do you have for me? Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook.com/walktheparks, instagram.com/walktheparks.