Cam “Swami” Honan, a long-distance hiker who has hiked more than 50,000 miles in some 55 countries gave a very informative and entertaining presentation to my 5th-6th grade tHInK outsidE class. This humble, positive, and giving man took time to visit our class just after finishing hiking from the lowest point in Death Valley to the highest point, Mount Whitney with friends Malto, Dirtmonger, and Bobcat. Swami has devoted hours to creating his website The Hiking Life, which is packed with hiking information and photos. A couple of years ago, I met Swami while hiking on the PCT and have written several times on this blog about him: June 16-Blessings and BIG Party, Swami Hikes over 14,000 Miles, and ADZPCTKO 2013.
Swami’s presentation to the class focused on his 12 Long Walks where he hiked on long trails 14, 302 miles in 545 days.
The beautiful presentation was packed full of geography and animals with a focus on safety, adventure, and love of being outdoors.
He also talked to the kids about planning ahead, always being aware of your surroundings, staying hydrated, carrying lightweight gear, and how to stay healthy on the trail.
He shared his love and appreciation of simple beauties, such as sunrises and sunsets with lots of humor sprinkled in. At the end of our time together, Swami answered kid’s questions. We were so blessed to listen to Swami’s very unique journeys. He really is a great role model and inspiration.
A huge thanks to my good friend and mentor for taking the time to share your sense of wonder and love of traveling the world on foot.
This was this year’s tHInK outsidE last week together. In addition to hearing a very famous hiker, the group also completed the 6 mile Cameron-Ridge Section of the Pacific Crest Trail just outside Tehachapi. Congratulations everyone!