Iron Braider Spotlight

Iron Braider Spotlight

We would like to introduce an amazing woman to you. She is an example of why we do what we do. We are excited to follow her journey and we are here to encourage and support her along the way.



As a working mom of four, finding time for myself or just to slow down was unheard of. Over the summer I made a commitment to myself that I would find some way to take better care of myself. My friend and I signed up for Iron Braid Adventures Wilderness Survival class. A few hours with some ladies sounded wonderful. Shortly after, I attended their Backpacking Basics class and a couple Hike & Learn's. I had no idea how much I was going to love hiking. I was able to take time to relax, exercise, and challenge myself. There is something very soul healing just walking through creation, enjoying the beauty that is all around and being away from the hustle of everyday life. It did not take long for me to pull my family in. I love all of us spending time together, unplugged from all the technology and exploring the beauty that is all around. My kids range from nineteen to two and hiking has been some of the best quality family time we have spent together.

Only a few months after my first class with Iron Braid Adventures, I tackled a 12-mile hike of the Pine Mountain Trail with Iron Braid Adventures. It was one of the most challenging things I have done so far, but the accomplishment of pushing myself and seeing it through was worth it. This coming year I turn forty and have set the bar high by starting the Appalachian Trail. I will only be section hiking, but I'm excited about the adventures that this goal will bring.

You are never too old, too young, too tired, too busy or too out of shape to take some time for yourself or with your family.

Melissa Thomas


We are so glad Melissa made the decision to join us for that first class and it brings us great joy to see the love of hiking sparked within her. We will be following her journey as she explores the Appalachian Trail. She is a great example of taking that first step