On March 24th, The Push Beyond team made the decision to isolate for more than a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Supported and provisioned with a support vehicle, we tried to minimize contact with external communities and individuals while hiking through a remote section of desert. Despite our best efforts, some situations resulted in unavoidable contact that prevented us from achieving the standard we set out for ourselves: a full 14-day quarantine in the wilderness with zero external contact.
We have come to a realization that we cannot continue this project in its current form ethically and financially. The Great Western Loop attempt as we know it is postponed for the foreseeable future. While it may evolve into something different, we are unsure as to what that will look like.
Our team members are currently taking steps to return home as safely and reasonably as possible. We hope to continue fundraising for our respective charities while sharing stories of these past two months.
Thank you to all those who have supported and helped this project become a reality. We could not have done this without you and hope one day to finish what we started.
Be safe and strong.
The Push Beyond