"It's just what's natural for us: we come out of the womb without shoes on and that's how we were intended to stay," says Cody Skyler Marsh, a hiker and employee of Two Rivers Treads.
Cody Marsh believes walking barefoot is the healthiest and most natural way for your feet to function.
"If you look at people in Third World countries, who unfortunately can't afford footwear, or don't have access to footwear, they spend a lot of their time barefoot, but they have very, very healthy feet," says Cody.
So he's hiking the John Muir Trail barefoot.
"The John Muir Trail starts in Yosemite National Park in California, and runs all the way to the top in Mt. Whitney, which is the tallest mountain in the lower 48, a little over 14,000 feet. I'm going to be doing this hike solo, 20 days, it's 211 miles," says Cody.
But he's turning his vacation hike into a fund-raiser for Central Africa.
"A man by the name of Joseph Kony, leading the Lord's Resistance Army, the LRA, has been committing atrocities since 2003. Those atrocities are in the form of mass murders, rape, the abduction of children to turn them into child soldiers, and a lot of displaced families and communities," says Cody.
Cody's fund-raising using his blog, and donating the money to the Invisible Children Foundation that has educational, humanitarian aid and relief programs running since 2003.
"Spreading awareness also goes hand-in-hand with fund-raising because we can spread awareness and we can talk about it, tweet it, share it, post it--unless we raise money, we can' do much about it," reminds Cody.
Putting one foot in front of the other to help a great struggle.
Cody flies out August 4, 2012 to begin his trek. To follow his steps or donate, see his blog.
You can also visit him on Facebook, or Twitter.