In 2006, GIST patient Jim Mills was generous enough to share his GIST journey to the Life Raft Group.
And there I was, in late May 2004 on a 43-mile backpacking trip of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trail along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The trail starts out with 23 miles of easy walking in forests and on sandy bluffs next to the water. Then it climbs steeply for the final 20 miles section along the edge of cliffs that drop 100 to 200 feet straight down into the cold, blue waters of the lake. At the time of this trip I was a fit, forty-six year old with my only significant physical complaint being painful joints from past injuries that I accumulated during past adventures. Although I was hiking alone, the only significant concern on my mind was preventing sore feet.