Outbound Collective logo

This Veteran Fought PTSD by Hiking

The effects of war aren't pretty.

By: Liam McNally + Save to a List

"Our veterans return home scarred both physically and mentally. To talk about the healing from war we must address the reality of trauma first. Our aim with this film is to give our audience an insight into Will's healing process by providing glimpses into his PTSD, the traumatic memories associated with war and the steps he's taking to heal." - Lindsey Hagen, Executive Producer

Will Robinson enlisted in the US Army at the age of 22. After 5 years of service in Iraq, Will was discharged and returned home with several physical injuries and even more debilitating emotional suffering. After 12 years of battling PTSD with alcohol abuse, medication and therapy, Will finally broke the cycle by taking up hiking. Check out the full story here and watch the film telling Will's story below.

For more information on conditions that affect mental health, resources, and research, visit www.mentalhealth.gov, and to find a VA Hospital for information on PTSD visit https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/PTSD.asp.


Cover photo: Jessica Colquhoun

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Do you love the outdoors?

Yep, us too. That's why we send you the best local adventures, stories, and expert advice, right to your inbox.


Hiking in comfort: a review of Danner Mountain 600 Evo boots

Meghan White

A peek through God's window

Heather Arnold

A golden happy hour on the California coast

Hannah Sibley

Lake Tahoe's trifecta: 3 Days of adventure at Zephyr Cove

Ranz Navarro

10 Ways to make camping in Yosemite National Park even better

Meghan White