Episode 71 The Te Araroa Trail and The Hike For Mental Health with Justin Helmkamp
Justin “2 Taps” Helmkamp is a Thru Hiker who recently completed the southern section of the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. He’s also an advocate for mental health and, when he’s not hiking a long trail, he spends his time working with a teens and young adults in a Wilderness Therapy program.
On this episode, we talk about his time hiking abroad in New Zealand, how to deal with constant wet feet, how to allow and adventure to take palce, and how the wilderness can be a useful tool for mental health.
Justin is a cool cat and someone you’re going to want to pay attention to.
Emory R. Wanger
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Justin’s path to backpacking
The inspiration to hike
Learning to Thru Hike from scratch
Deciding to hike the Te Araroa in New Zealand
Details of the trail
The Approach to planning the Te Araroa Trail
Learning to let adventure happen and building confidence
How hiking really let’s you experience a place
Learning to hike New Zealand
How to deal with wet feet
Being comfortable being uncomfortable
A note on backpacking footwear
Is hiking becoming more popular?
Hike for Mental Health and wilderness therapy
Finding another purpose while out on an adventure
Why the wilderness therapy works
Learning to be bored
Can video or photography ruin an experience?
Details on guided wilderness therapy
How the movement of hiking plays a role in therapy
What can happen in your head when hiking
Allowing yourself to learn from the outdoors
How to follow up with Justin and what he’s doing