Our story is rooted in overcoming a traumatic event and finding gratitude for it every day. A story of jumping feet first off a cliff to do what we love and finding a welcoming community at the bottom with arms wide open to soften the landing. Our story is one that is always changing and always beautiful.
On June 4th, 2014 while celebrating Hike It Off 's Co-Founder Jaime Purinton’s birthday, the universe decided to change her life forever. Jaime and her husband, Tony, were hiking a trail they have hiked a hundred times before and Jaime lost her balance and in a split second shattered all three bones and dislocated her right ankle. Jaime and Tony had no idea how much their life was about to change while lying in the dirt waiting for help to arrive.
When you are unable to do the things you love and are forced to be still and really think about your life and what is most important, your perspective changes. After two surgeries, a prognosis of a year of recovery, and an uncertain outcome, the thought of Jaime not being able to hike again was a real fear that crossed both Tony and Jaime’s minds daily. They both realized then how much hiking meant to them and even though this was the most difficult obstacle they had ever needed to overcome, they knew that the universe in its tricky little way had created an opportunity for them through this misadventure.