The Mountains Are Calling…


Hi, I’m Jessica Heck, and I never thought I was an outdoor person.

Have you ever thought that outdoor adventures like hiking weren’t your thing? I used to feel the same way until July 2022 when I climbed my favorite mountain, and my outlook changed. (Mind you, it took several years of prodding to go from a dear friend.) Now, I’m dedicated to promoting inclusivity in hiking throughout the Adirondacks. Regardless of your fitness level, everyone can find their place in the beauty of the great outdoors!

My aim with this website is to provide resources and create a welcoming community of hikers with similar interests. Whether you’re in New York State or not, join our community of like-minded hikers to explore the beauty of the Adirondacks.

Body Positive and LGBTQ+ Ally





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Fighting Imposture Syndrome

Fighting Imposture Syndrome

I never intended to embark on this journey in the mountains. In fact, in my prior life, I loved looking at the mountains but didn't understand why on earth one would want to go climb them. The few times I was dragged into them, I felt like crap about myself. I wasn't...

Hike Your Own Hike

Hike Your Own Hike

When you begin participating in a sport or activity, it's common to look at others and compare yourself to them. However, it's important to remember that you are not like anyone else. You don't have the same level of ability, training, experience, strength, endurance,...

It’s More Than The Mountains

It’s More Than The Mountains

In July of 2022, I came to the mountains and hiked these trails solo, which my soul needed. It was the first time in my adult life that I muted the expectations of everyone else and started to listen to what my needs and expectations were. How can I show up as the...


If you’re new to hiking, don’t worry, I’ve got you! Our ‘For New Hikers’ page has some beginner-friendly ADK hikes, a packing list, and other things you need to get started for fun and safety.