Hiking events

Irreverent Warriors will hold a therapeutic hiking event for veterans

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) — The Irreverent Warriors are hosting their Silkies Hikes event on Saturday, August 20.

The hike will start at 2002 Broadway at Miguel’s restaurant at 7:30 am. The event will last until 6:30 p.m.

Since this is a therapeutic event, the hike should be four to 10 miles in length at a pace of two to three miles per hour, according to the website. The group will make several stops along the route.

The hiking event aims to bond veterans struggling with depression. Irreverent Warriors aims to prevent suicide among veteran populations by using “humor and camaraderie to improve mental health.”

“The connections made at our events and throughout our organization create lasting bonds and provide our service members and veterans with a network of support, accountability and camaraderie,” according to the event description. “We all live in dark times; our mission is to ensure that when those times come, our veterans will not have to fight alone.

Throughout the ride there are frequent stops for camaraderie, food and drink. Rucks, eights and boots are optional.

The following equipment is recommended for the event:

  • Silkies and shirts
  • Sunscreen and headgear
  • ID photo
  • Cash
  • Transport in case of alcohol consumption
  • Snacks
  • Hydration
  • Sun glasses
  • Flags
  • Face masks
  • Medical material
  • Extra socks

To maintain the atmosphere of camaraderie, only veterans are allowed to march, according to the event’s website. Tickets can be purchased here.