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After the birth of her third child and the career change that followed, Charissa Hipp found herself drawn to nature, spending every spare moment hiking in the beautiful places she had written about as a tourism marketer. She describes what followed as a complete transformation—physically, mentally and spiritually. Charissa discovered that the outdoors were deeply therapeutic and was fascinated by the science behind her own personal transformation. When her search to find other like-minded women to hike with came up empty-handed, she started the Maryland Chapter of Girls Who Hike. 

While operating her own contracting business as a copywriter, which often includes writing about the outdoors, Charissa hikes or runs as her schedule allows. She’s completed the #52HikeChallenge two years in a row and has set out to do it again with her 4-year-old daughter. Charissa also leads hikes for Carroll Community College. She reads everything she can get her hands on about nature connection, re-wilding, earthing, and the healing power of nature, and is currently working on her certification as a nature therapy guide. Her goal is to facilitate immersive life-changing outdoor experiences for veterans, youth and those struggling with addiction and mental illness. 

Charissa is a lifelong resident of Washington County, Maryland, where she resides with her husband and three children.

Thanks for being apart of our Thunder Squad and being an inspiration to us, Charissa!