Men’s Hikes

Why do men hike?

Men hikers standing on bridgeSeveral churches in our Diocese sponsor Men’s Hikes. Why do they do it? The Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of St. Helena’s, Beaufort, shed some light on the subject in a recent note to his parish:


“Why is your rector away this weekend for four days of backpacking? Aren’t there more important things that need to be done? It may seem to defy logic until you understand exactly what happens on the Men’s Hike. Seven men from St. Helena’s are hiking a portion of the Foothills Trail even as you receive this newsletter. This hike is more than just a walk in the woods; it is a spiritual journey.

What really happens on a Men’s Hike that makes it so worthwhile? Here are three reasons why I am hiking this weekend:

  • Men walk together. We don’t just walk together up the mountain, but we learn to walk together in daily life as Christian brothers. We learn what it means to “bear one another’s burdens.”
  • Men worship together in nature’s cathedral. The picture of men around the fire singing to God’s glory is another facet of the Men’s Hike. Many of us are not sure how to worship until we get outside the four walls of the church building. Being on a hike teaches us what it means to worship.
  • Men’s lives are made new by Jesus Christ on the hike. Over the last ten years of leading men’s hikes, my own life and the lives of countless others have been transformed by the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

These are just a few of the reasons why I hike. I look forward to sharing with you the stories of God’s work while we were in the woods. Please pray for us through this weekend — for safety, protection, and an encounter with the Living God.

With gratitude,

Diocesan Churches with Established Hiking Ministries


St. Paul’s, Summerville
The Rev. Tyler Prescott

The Parish Church of St. Helena’s, Beaufort
The Rev. Shay Gaillard


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