HIKER SPOTLIGHT: Lisa and Kyle Reischman

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Where do you both call home?

      Lisa: Southwest Washington

      Kyle: Vancouver, WA

What do you currently do for a living and how did you get into this field?

      Lisa: I’m an independent consultant for Arbonne. Over the last year I’ve been focused on health and weight loss; I started using the supplements because they are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free and wanted to share with others.

      Kyle: I am a delivery driver with a FedEx contractor. Being a delivery driver gives me the flexibility to take time off and return to the contractor to still provide for our family, and it helps keep me in shape!

What Trail are you hiking for your upcoming hike and why did you choose this trail?

      Lisa: We’re thru hiking Washington State via the PCT. I made the decision lying in bed recovering from an emergency cholecystectomy. At the time my health was so poor, hiking 500+ miles seemed like an unattainable goal…

      Kyle: What she said, but we chose to do it together because we work well as a team…and the love haha.

What will be your starting base weight at the beginning of your trip (all carried weight in your pack, minus consumables like water, food and fuel)? What will your Max weight be with everything?

      Lisa: 11lbs 9oz is my starting weight; our longest carry will be between 7-10 days (so we’ll be carrying 10), which will add 20lbs. All together, with fuel, food, and water my heaviest carry will be around 37lbs

      Kyle: 14lbs 10oz. I carry all the fabric parts of the tent, so it’s a little more than Lisa carrying the poles and stakes. And…some of my bushcrafting tools are hard to leave behind.

What are the Top 3 pieces of gear you can’t live without?

      Lisa: Hahaha, so obviously…

1.    My custom Waymark 38L! Seriously though, I went through three different packs in a few short months and the trouble I had with straps cutting into my shoulders was terribly painful. I thought I’d have the same issues with every pack. My Thru 38 has never even caused a bruise, let alone bleeding. I was even able to remove my hip belt and it still carries like a dream.

2.    Hair Brush! Sorry guys, but most of you will never understand this struggle…my hair is thick, like add another 3lbs to my base weight thick, and down to my waist. For me, it’s a luxury item, and a necessity!

3.    Cnoc Vecto – hands down the best water carry device I’ve used, and they stand behind their products, which I love!

      Kyle:

1.    Definitely the Vecto! What she said, it’s amazing.

2.    A hat for sure because I shave my head, I like hats better than most other head coverings.

3.    I also often carry an ESEE Izula neck knife and/or a military issue Kabar – I just like to feel prepared for everything.

What skill you would like to learn that would help you on the trail?

      Lisa: Foraging! The Northwest has such amazing wildlife, I’d love to be able to disappear and live off what the land provides.

      Kyle: So, I grew up on a piece of property near the Yacolt Burn and have spent my life learning outdoor skills. I would, however, like to learn more about the desert. I haven’t spent a lot of time in that climate.

What is 1 personal strength you feel will help you most on the trail?

      Lisa: According to Kyle, it’s perseverance. He says I put my mind to doing something and won’t stop no matter how difficult. It makes me think of climbing Bell’s Mountain in Washington last June. For me now, it’s not a terribly difficult trail; but last June beginner me decided to push and hike it. It’s a fairly steep trail (especially for a beginner), and it took me about 5 hours to go 3 miles…but getting to the viewpoint…that’s a feeling I’ll never forget and will continue to pursue.

      Kyle: She says I’m level headed and even tempered.

Name 1 person, a trail celebrity or other, who has inspired you most to get on the trail.

      Lisa: Lying in bed after my surgery I came across Dixie’s YouTube channel (@Homemadewanderlust). I watched every video from her AT series, then the gear series, and was inspired to start making health changes using hiking (keep in mind, at this point, I couldn’t even walk around the block without getting out of breath!)

      Kyle: Devin from @backcountryexposure He hikes in the desert and I’d love for us, or our families, to meet up sometime for an extended backpacking trip.

Name 1 person you’d like to meet on the trail.

      Lisa: Ayesha “Heaps” @wilderbound …she’s my kind of crazy and I love her!

      Kyle: I have to say Ayesha as well…but mostly because when they meet I know it’s going to keep me laughing for weeks.

Name 1 animal you have seen or would most like to see on the trail.

      Lisa: This is a tough one…I get really excited for all the little critters on trail, or when a pack of equestrians pass by, the herds of elk on Mount Saint Helen’s were cool to see but I think it would be really awesome to see a bear or a cougar from a distance!

      Kyle: A cougar, because they’re amazing and elusive.

Tell us how we can connect with you and your organizations on all of your social networks:

Lisa and Kyle:

Here on Instagram @steadfasttrails is the best way for us both.

We’re also using our hike this summer to help raise money for the annual youth led GracePoint Mexico Mission trip (#hikeforhomes). Our son has gone several times to build homes for families in Mexico, as well as host a free vision clinic, and a vacation bible camp for the local children.

By fundraising, we hope to help provide youth, who cannot afford to go, a way to cover passport and travel expenses. In addition, the funds will go directly into the local economy, by purchasing food for the families, and home supplies.

If you would like to know more, or see a video highlighting one of the trips (our son is in the video several times…he’s the lunatic working in a black hoodie and the red/blue luchador mask, and leading the run at bonfire), visit https://squareup.com/store/gracepoint-student-ministries or click the link in our bio.