The One of Seven Project was my goal to become the FIRST person in history to have completed both the thru-hiking and bikepacking Triple Crowns. It included thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail, as well as bikepacking the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail and Arizona Trail (over 11,000 miles for the project in total).
The idea came to me while watching the movie “The Martian” staring Matt Damon. He’s stranded on Mars alone and talks about how he’s the only person in history to ever be on a planet alone. It got me to thinking what I could do to be the only person in the world to have done so. After a little digging on the internet found out no one had done both triple crowns. At that point the seed was planted in my head, and here we are.
On October 22, 2017, I completed the Arizona Trail, which was the third of the bikepacking trails and sixth and final of the project. I became One of Seven Billion. As I rode the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail, and the Arizona Trail I learned quite a few lessons, but I also realized we’re ALL One of Seven Billion. We are all born unique, with our own DNA and finger prints. The big difference between us is some choose to celebrate that uniqueness, while ours don’t.
It was then I realized the One of Seven Project had taken a turn. It was no longer a personal goal but one that everyone could strive for. Moving forward I plan to encourage others and promote the following values in hopes others will celebrate their own uniqueness.