Join Us for Couch2Whitney 2020

Are You Ready to Get into Shape in 2020?

So many of us have become fed up with our sedentary lifestyle, but we don’t have a realistic way out of it. Sure, there are plenty of gyms and fad diets to sign up for, but we know intuitively that these things are not enough – so we stick with the status quo.

In 2013, after I had a TIA (a small stroke), I knew my status quo had to change. And it was then that I realized my life depended on it. Thankfully, I was able to make that mid-life health pivot and I learned some surprising things. You can read about some of this in a series of articles I’ve written called My Fitness Journey.

The most important lesson I learned was that I needed two key ingredients: adventure and community.

I needed an adventure to train for because I knew I didn’t have the discipline to stay fit without one. I also knew I did not have the emotional energy to stick with it alone. I needed other people with me who were as committed to getting fit as I was.

And I was right. Recent research has shown that being fit and being sedentary are both “contagious,” so having a fitness community is mandatory if we truly want to make a lifestyle change.

How the Couch-2-Whitney Project Works

Couch-2-Whitney is my attempt at helping others make the fitness pivot I did through adventure. Here is how it works. Each month we’ll meet at least once for a hike to a local peak. These peaks will likely include those listed below, but may change based on snow conditions in the winter. Dates may change as well, so you will need to join the Epic Adventures Facebook Group for updates. These hikes will help us get ready to hike Mount Whitney. In September, the team will do a four to five-day backpacking trip that will culminate in summiting Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states.

Saturday, January 18Mount Wilson5,712'
Saturday, February 15Mount Baldy10,069'
Saturday, March 14TBD based on snow conditions
Saturday, April 18TBD based on snow conditions
Saturday, May 16Cucamonga Peak8,858'
Saturday, June 20Mount San Jacinto10,834'
Saturday, July 18San Bernardino Peak10,649'
Saturday, August 22San Gorgonio Peak 11,503'
September 2-6Mount Whitney Hike14,505

Costs and Commitments

The program itself is FREE, but you will need to buy or rent a few things.

  • You will need to buy or rent backpacking gear for the Mount Whitney trip. Rental usually runs less than $300 for a four-day trip.
  • You will need to get hiking shoes (or boots), a day pack, and miscellaneous day-hiking gear and clothing layers. This may run from $100 to $500, depending on what you are starting with and what you can borrow. Here is what I recommend for a day hike.
  • Any other related expenses or gear you need to support your fitness initiative.

Mount Whitney Gallery


I am not a doctor, dietitian, or mountain guide. I am a philanthropy advisor and an outdoor enthusiast. That’s the extent of my professional credentials. When it comes to making a successful mid-life fitness pivot, I’ve “been there, done that” and I’d like to be a convener and encourager of others on a similar journey.

I am not giving medical, nutritional, or fitness advice. I highly recommend that you get a physical exam from your primary care physician before going hiking to make sure you don’t have risks for cardiac disease or other health issues that may prevent you from high-intensity activity.

By coming on hikes with this group, you agree that myself (Bryan Feller), your fellow hikers, and other organizers are not held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from hikes, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, and after group hikes. If you sign up and come on these hikes, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hikes.