Hike with TJ Hiker and Tami

52 Peaks in 52 Weeks is interactive in real life too! You can join TJ and Tami and hike with them on a number of their peaks throughout the year. TJ Hiker will be offering several trips that include Kilimanjaro, Sedona and Costa Rica. We get the privilege of hiking with so many amazing people and it would be a great joy to us both to share the stories of those friends who hike along with us during part of our journey. Our adventure will only be richer for each of you who find your way to hitting the trail with us. Get your boots on and join today!

Mount Diablo – December 3, 2016

Mount Diablo – December 3rd, 2016 – Wendy W.

I had the greatest opportunity to fly to San Francisco and climb Mt. Diablo with Tami the week after Thanksgiving. This is a mountain, though not extremely high, that I  have been looking at for more then 40 years. I had grandparents who lived in the area while i was little and later as a teenager I drove  with family and friends into San Francisco quite often. I always looked over at it with the thought that someday I was going to climb it. So when that name came up while Tami was at Movara telling me about her upcoming portion of the 52 peaks adventure,  I jumped at the opportunity to hike it with her. We met  in Concord. I had a map ready to go with the approval (and highlighted to boot ) analysis of a certified Mt. Diablo ranger as to the best trails we should take. Tami was the one that suggested getting that map and we were so glad to have it!!! I think the elevation we climbed was 3840 feet. The weather was cool and the the wind blew like crazy the entire time, but we did it! It was not hard but we had 7 good miles of steep uphill.  It was a shock to both of us as we got to the top that the highest peak was what the visitor center was built around!!! only in California!!  That slab of rock was nestled upstairs of the visitors center with a plaque explaining what it was. First time for both of us to have the highest peak indoors. Tami”s abilities to read maps and topography were really used on this hike. I am a great hiker but I have some things to learn I realize.


What I came away with from that day was at 56 I feel I am in almost the best shape of my life. I never would have believed 40 years ago that at way too close to 60 that my desire to get to the top of things and to climb would be what I do every day in my job. We stood on top of that mountain and could see San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge, the Bay Bridge,  the ocean to the south, the Sierras where I grew up and began my love for hiking way  to the North. It was such a clear day! To spend it with Tami as she reached the goal of one more peak on this amazing journey she is on was priceless. Our bodies and our minds bend to the will of our desires. We are always capable of more than we think we can do. One of my favorite quotes is ” we can choose to be grateful no matter what” and on this trip I was grateful for the beautiful HUGE oak trees that I forgot were in California. For the smell of the ocean. For the green of the land, for the breath that came hard and fast going up those hills. And for a good friend who had an idea to change her life and included many of us as we get to join her in that  most awesome adventure! Thanks Tami!!!!

Joshua Tree – November 3, 2016

Heidi N.Joshua Tree – November 3rd, 2016 – Heidi H.

When Tami asked me to hike Joshua Tree, I was super excited to finally get a chance to share at least one of the 52 peaks with her. I was grateful that it was just going to be the 2 of us because I was dying to hear about all of her adventures and we had a lot to catch up on. She picked me up in Big Blue, and that’s where our adventure began. Our 4 ½ hour ride flew by as we chatted the whole time.

As the sun came up we were entering the park. There was a slight chill in the air combined with clear sunny skies, and it felt like we were the only people there.  I personally love the desert and find it extremely peaceful. Because the desert fills me with great memories, it was great to share this peak with Tami. The peak itself offers incredible panoramic views of interesting rock formations and Joshua trees.

Fortunately there was one person at the top so we were able to shoot a picture together. He inquired about our 52 peaks shirts, and by his reaction it became apparent how Tami’s adventures are affecting people in so many ways. They offer people a chance to share their experiences and to contemplate their own dreams.

Of course we didn’t stop at the peak; we moved on to another hike. The hike was super quiet and serene. It certainly had a unique energy to it.  It was just the 2 of us in this vast desert with scenery that felt surreal at times. During the hike, we had periods of silence that allowed me to reflect on how we even ended up here…

About 6 years ago, Micaela (a little ray of sunshine) thought that I would be a good match as a personal trainer for Tami after she had just left BLR and had begun her journey towards a healthy life. I will always be grateful to Micaela for introducing us. Although Tami did not particularly like working out , she put all her efforts into doing it and doing it well. She is by far one of the most dedicated clients I have had. As we progressed with training and developed a friendship, I have been lucky enough to see Tami bloom. Anyone that knows Tami is aware that once that girl sets her mind to something, there’s no stopping her. She was completely committed to her training. She worked so hard that I had to remind her that rest is just as important as the training itself. Eventually it wasn’t just about the physical aspect; she began to courageously look from within to discover what “living” life means.  She began to find balance between work and doing the things she loves to do.

In 2013, Tami asked me to train and hike half dome with her. I naively accepted not realizing that the final part of the hike is using cables to reach the dome. At the time, I was extremely terrified of heights and climbing on rocks. My anxiety increased as we neared the date of our hike especially since I felt like it was my responsibility as her trainer to persist regardless of my fears. I am happy to say that we both successfully reached the top of the dome. I was so elated and I couldn’t believe that I did it. I would never have accomplished this and overcome my fears without Tami’s influence.

We are very different in many ways, but I believe that we find balance because we are so different. As friends and as a personal trainer/client relationship, we are able to draw on each other’s strengths to help us grow. So to tie this all together, hiking Joshua tree with Tami was very special. It was 2 days of talking and catching up, connecting with each other and nature, saying, “yes” to new adventures, and reflecting on how far we have com

Guadalupe Peak – November 16, 2016

Guadalupe Peak – November 16, 2016 – Stacey H.

Stacey HI’ve learned a lot through this journey to Guadalupe Peak, not just about this amazing thing called “hiking a mountain” but this everyday thing called “life”. I went into this thinking that it would be fun to be with my best friend of 30+ years, Tami Luckie, and experience a glimpse of her incredible journey these past few months, but as I reflect back on this hike, I realized it was about so much more. Life is full of valleys and peaks and some points along the way can be incredibly difficult. There are painfully switch-backs that can cause fear and blisters, there are steep terrains that are unpredictable and challenging, there is beautiful scenery that gives you strength to keep pushing on and there are final ascents to the peak that rewards you with breath taking views from the top of the world. I’ve learned that it’s not just about the destination but the journey and that journey is unique for all of us. This has been my life over the past 12 years a journey that has come with Gods grace and guidance from the valleys to the peaks. I didn’t do this hike just for the experience I did it for my very special family, I did it for all the incredible women in my life who have prayed for me, loved me and supported me through the good times and the bad and I did it for me! Thank you for the lessons in life Guadalupe Peak, thank you Tami Luckie for getting me to the top…until next time, and yes, there will be a next time!

Mt. Washington – October 4, 2016

Ben M.Mt.  Washington – October 4, 2016 – Ben M.

Tami was joined on Mount Washington by her good friend and expert New England hiker Ben. Here is Ben’s thoughts on hiking in the Northeast.


When the topic comes to mind, the thoughts and images of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, the Green Mountains in Vermont, and the High Peaks of Maine usually come to pass. These are the centerpieces of this northeastern corner of America, tucked away past the Hudson River. Though there are many hidden gems, smaller peaks, and trails tucked away all throughout the six state region.

The peaks here tend to be in lower elevation from other parts of the world, but the true gems of their trail conquest often lies in the journey itself, not the summit destination. Typically along ones hiking quest around the area, you will be challenged with tricky rock scrambles demanding your full attention and footing, tree roots crisscrossing the trails like arterial veins just waiting to steal and ankle, and river crossings that are like a puzzle finding the right stepping stones to cross. You could be blessed with a nice sunny day go greet you throughout your entire journey, however do not rely on it. The weather frequently changes to rather dramatic swings. Many peaks in this area are without trees, and on a summer day it is rather typical to see stark contrasts in weather. It can often be pelting sleet on your cheek with high winds at these summits while it is partly cloudy and in the 60’s at the base.

The grit one earns from these feats is always treated by Nature’s gems along the way. In Autumn, the entire landscape is painted in orange, yellow, and red foliage to illuminate the way forward. The air is crisp and sweet smelling, it invokes nothing but smiles that penetrate all the way to the soul. Around the corner, the winter is harsh. However this harshness is always gifted by breathtaking scenes of snow dressed coniferous trees of Bob Ross’ dreams. The spring is truly alive with blooming wild flowers of every color on the spectrum. Like their autumnal counterpart, the smells they yield are a gift of trail magic onto themselves. This delightful pattern of course continues into the summer with an ever expanding display of fauna coming out to greet your path. Every journey is almost guaranteed to be greeted with a moose, deer, or black bear from afar. If not, then their scats, tracks, and rubs are readily seen all about. Their smaller friends like the red squirrel, quails, and beavers like to say hello as well.

The trails here have delight and wonderment for all outdoor enthusiasts. From intense physical challenges of endurance feats, to those just wanting a nature walk. Big things comes in small packages as the old proverb goes. Henry David Thoreau said of this area, “In wildness is the preservation of the world”. Your soul can be nothing but blessed and preserved for years to come on a journey here. Happy Trails!

Mt. St Helens – September 7, 2016

Mt. St. Helens – September 7, 2016

Darren & Donna

The reason that Tami chose to do Mt. St. Helens in Washington was because she met Donna and Darren the previous year when she was hiking in Bryce Canyon. They had mentioned they had always wanted to hike Mt. St. Helens and this was right when Tami and TJ were deciding to start 52 Peaks. Tami took it as a sign and was glad she did. She invited Donna and Darren out to do the hike with her. Unfortunately, it rained the entire day and we were turned around about a mile from the summit. TJ made the summit and Tami bagged it the next day and was rewarded with some really amazing views! Here is Donna’s account of their hike:

Are you kidding?! It’s been raining all night and you want to start at what time? 2:00 AM alarm…BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP and a 2.5 hour drive in the rain to the trailhead. Waysided in Cougar for a three hour nap in the van in hopes the rains would let up.  Boy, that nap would’ve felt good in a bed. The Fir Lodge cafe that opens daily at 6am still wasn’t  open at 7:10. Come to think of it, never did open.
At the trailhead we donned our $1.99 plastic capes…brilliant idea! On a whim the night before memories of sandbagging the Red River in Fargo, ND in the rain reminded me we wore surgical gloves under our work gloves to keep our hands dry, so off to the store for a box…worth every penny.
We trekked  through the trees with water running down the muddy trail. The high mountain smells were combinations of damp forest pines, musts, molds and rain, oh so good. As we came to the end of the forest trail to meet the boulder field, Darren’s trekking poles wouldn’t collapse so he stashed them behind a tree to retrieve on the way down.
Cambering up the boulder field was like skiing moguls (in reverse), looking just ahead to find your path. I loved it. Darren…not as much! The sleet, fog and rain many times prevented spotting the next post to aim for, so just kept climbing UP. Beyond the GPS station we were most vulnerable to the strong winds and rains and was our turn back point. So disappointing.
During Darren’s and my entire 10 day WA/OR holiday the ONLY day that it rained ALL day was the day we hiked Mt St Helens. That rain cell didn’t move. Crazy luck! I guess another trip. What a terrific experience for us and we loved all the challenges and rewards from it. If it all went perfect, the story wouldn’t be nearly as good! Sweet justice for Tami to attack Lady Helens the following day with her awe-inspiring views!

Nevada Pisco and Yanapacha – Peru June 16 – 21, 2016

Nevada Pisco and Yanapacha – Peru June 16 – 21, 2016

Lori B.

Amazing time this June in Peru with TJ Hiker tackling our first attempt at back to back 18,000 ft glaciers! (Well technically yanapacca was just under 18,000).

I started my trip with an acclimatization hike to Lake Churup, a beautiful glacier lake about an hour outside of Huaraz. The following day Tj and I headed out for a 6 day quest for two major peaks (and her #3 and #4 on her 52 peaks in 52 weeks journey!!)

Pisco started with a long and grueling hike up to base camp. The following day after hiking up, down and up again through a field of rocks, boulders, and loose scree, we settled into morraine (high) camp. After a brief dinner and nap we woke up to leave for summit at 2am. Pisco itself wasn’t technical, but the bitter cold, fierce winds, and the steep never ending inclines to make it to summit made it a difficult, yet rewarding summit to bag. After returning to camp we took a quick nap, packed up our stuff and headed back to base camp for the night. Only to repeat the whole process the next day…

After breakfast we headed down to our starting point on day one and had some lunch, repacked and got ready for summit number two! We hitched a cab ride up to the trail head to get to the morraine camp for Yanapacca. After a couple hours of rolling hills we made it to camp as the sun was setting. We nestled into a nook facing a calm glacier lake. Once again we had a quick bite and settled in for a few hours sleep before starting off again at 2am.

Yanapacca was a beast. She did not allow any part of claiming her summit to be easy. The approach to the glacier was over some sketchy boulders and skinny trails with deep drop offs if you were to misstep!! We roped and harnessed up, crampons on and ice axes in hand and climbed up the glacier wall to get onto the base of the mountain. After carefully weaving our way through a sea of crevasses, we traversed our way back and forth, gaining elevation on steep inclines. We then came to the technical portion, though in my mind…carefully stepping over open crevasses and walking steadily on snow bridges between two gaping holes counted just as much as technical as the final part! Our final push included a roughly 100ft vertical wall that we three pitched and climbed our way up to get to the summit!! At nearly 18,000ft this effort was anything but easy! There was a final tiny portion sticking out above the false summit which was considered the true summit…but with my fear of heights and the tiny little platform it allowed to stand on once up it, I was more than fine staying on the false summit 🙂

Heading back down was a series of close calls for me. On the descent of the vertical wall my foot hold slipped and I lost grip of the ice and fell…being stopped by the rope that tied me to my guide who was anchored into the wall. Next issue was on a rather steep decline as we were walking I heard my guide yell for me to stop…my crampon had come off my foot and was attached only by the strap around my ankle!! Crampons are the metal spikes that you wear on your boots to allow you to gain traction while walking on the glacier…yep pretty essential!!

Anyway, all in all we made it down safely. It was a long and exhausting day, especially considering we ended up having to hike all the way back down to our starting point because the cab had left prior to us getting back to the road in time!

For those of you who have not had the chance to work with Tj please check out her website tjhiker.com and her newest website 52peaks.com where her and Tami Luckie are setting out to summit 52 peaks around the world in 52 weeks! Though we went on this trip as two friends setting out for some major climbing objectives, Tj easily threw on her hat of inspirational leader. Yanapacca definitely tested my will and fear, especially after the fall down the wall, was painfully present for me. Tj was a great friend helping to encourage me both up and back down that beast of a mountain. Good luck Tj and Tami!! Hope to bag a few more along-side of you guys over this next year!!

Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu and the Inca Trail – Peru June 7-11, 2016

Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu and the Inca Trail – Peru June 7-11, 2016

Karen E.

A year ago I told myself I wanted to try to Machu Picchu because it was something I had never imagined doing.  The four days I spent on the Inca Trail were breathtakingly beautiful, incredibly challenging, and completely inspiring.  This is something I thought I would never do.  Really I thought it was something that I thought I never could do.  This was my first international traveling experience and I learned that I’m so much stronger than for which I give myself credit.  Having never backpacked before, I really jumped into the deep end with this trip.  Traveling with a wonderful group of people who were encouraging, helpful, and enthusiastic about the trip really helped make it a wonderful experience.

What I loved most about hiking the Inca Trail was the different experiences and challenges each day. At the beginning it was warmer weather and the newness of everything.  Day 2 brought the challenge of Dead Women’s Pass, the constant climbing up to the altitude for the first time.  When I made it to the top and felt the colder weather, saw the fog, and bundled up, I realized what an accomplishment it was and how great I felt about what my body was able to do now that it was healthy.

Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain on day 4 was one of the biggest challenges I have faced.  I was so honored to be climbing with my friends on their first of 52 Peaks.  I had pulled a muscle in my leg and it made the climb really challenging and painful.  Both Tami and TJ stayed with me and climbed at slower pace to help support me both up and down the mountain.  I hope that I will get to climb more of the 52 Peaks in 52 Weeks as the year continues.  This trip was so inspiring and confirmed for me that living a healthy life opens up so many possibilities for adventure and I was so happy to be a part of it. Read Karen’s Inspirational Story!


Kate T.

I started hiking with a TJ in the fall of 2011. TJ made hiking a part of my life when it previously was an activity that I had not enjoyed or had any interest to pursue.I fell In love with hiking and the Santa Monica Mountains. TJ has always been encouraging and has pushed me to do things I never thought I would do. She encouraged me to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2015. She trained me for that trek and really helped and encouraged me when I had an ankle injury two months before the trip. I am now hiking Machu Picchu in June with TJ and might hike to Kilimanjaro again with TJ next year. I am able to do these trips because TJ is the only person that has been able to talk me into “camping out”, especially for multiple days in a row! I never would have considered these trips without TJ. I now can’t imagine not doing them. Thank you, TJ, for help and support over the past few years. You will never know how much it has and will continue to mean to me!

Jenny M.

Most people go to Machu Picchu as part of a bucket list experience.  They thoughtfully choose a lovely 2 hour train ride over a much longer, often physically demanding, definitely dirtier 4 day trek, upon which the fortunate ones are greeted with a spectacular view of the sun rising upon Machu Picchu.  Like most great decisions, I chose neither thoughtfully or to check something off my never-ending travel list instead embarking on this journey with my gut alone for the “challenge”. TJ’s pitch, delivered on Sedona’s Red Rocks, dangled the idea of this trip like successful bait – slowly luring me in just enough that I wondered if I could do it until finally convincing me three months later – a great motivator for me.  If the sound of something makes you feel just a little uncomfortable, I’m a pretty big believer the answer is probably yes.

I don’t love hiking like most people who do things like this: 1) it is exercise and 2) it scares me as it constantly tests my fear of heights and my need to be in control. So when a trip’s basic itinerary is a 4 day hike + climbing 2 mountains sprinkled with a dash of camping for a girl who believes camping = 3 star hotel, some trouble definitely awaits. Although we laughed as much as we complained and sweat (rose colored glasses), what sticks with me isn’t the difficulty of that hill or the rooster that had it in for me but of those moments that both tested and thrilled me.

The Inca Trail isn’t easy, but definitely doable. Machu Picchu is amazing, yet had little to do with my overall experience as it was the destination, definitely not the journey. Instead I know:

1) Physically I am capable. We all were. These are big words and anyone who is lucky enough to be able to move their body at their own will should be grateful for this every single day.  Do not think about what your body looks like, but what it can do for you. Work to strengthen this and feed it well. The rest will fall into place.

2) Accept your fears.  This was far more of a mental challenge.  Each day I needed to face my fears. I wasn’t going to stop being afraid so I needed to work through it. Tami was amazing at helping to keep me mostly calm as we went down throughout the trail.  My real moment of glory came midway through Machu Picchu Mountain when I lost it for about 45 seconds.  The important part wasn’t the tears but the recovery. Give yourself a moment even if it means tears (although I don’t recommend the side of the mountain as an ideal location), accept your fears and then figure out how to deal with them.  Stopping and analyzing for too long doesn’t change the situation so put one foot in front of another and just move (even if it is up as fast as possible and down at a snail’s pace).

3) Don’t let your fears keep you from doing things. Find what motivates you – challenge, competition, thrills, nature, being able to say you did something. Then let it help you forward.

The accomplishment paired with the energy of getting to complete the first two of 52 peaks with TJ and Tami is unforgettable.  The lessons from hiking always seem the same with a different spin – to really live you need to let go.  You can’t worry so much about what is next or you miss the beauty of what surrounds you now.  Somehow, you will get through what is in front of you (my best advice, just don’t look down!).  I’ve been asked what is next, and not knowing isn’t super fun, so for now, one foot in front of the other.  TJ and Tami have started baiting the next hook…we shall see if Kilimanjaro is in my future.  What have they done to me?

Sam G.


Day 2 was the hardest and was one of the most physically and mentally challenging days of my life. We climbed 1300 meters (4100 feet)) up to an altitude of 4200m (13800 feet). There were a lot of tears (and a major meltdown when a huge moth landed on my face!). Add in 3.30am wake up calls. A wonderful mix!

The trail may have been exhausting and painful (and felt never ending!) but was beautiful and the scenery changed from mountain scenery to cloud forest to a jungle with mist. All the pain and exhaustion and tears were worth it though when I turned into the sun gate the morning of Day 4 and saw Machu Picchu in front of me. That moment is one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Partly because Machu Picchu is so special and partly because I was so proud of myself for actually finishing it I would like to thank my fellow hikers for being so supportive and especially Tjay Hiker and William my guide without whom this would not have been possible.