Take A Hike! N.J. Founder Matthew August Sedita, grew up in suburban Bergen County, New Jersey. His first love was baseball, and was always active in sports as a young boy well into adolescence and adulthood. His parents instilled in him the value of hard work and being a good human being.
After high school he settled down at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, after brief stints at Seton Hall University and Bergen Community College. Majoring in journalism, he graduated in 2000 before beginning his career in the world of print and on-line media. He’s worked at some of the finest and most respected media outlets in the country, from CNBC and NBC Sports, to NBA Entertainment, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and The Associated Press. He’s enjoyed a fine career in the media world.
So, how did he end up a hiking enthusiast you ask? College roommate and best friend Chris Coyne invited him to a hike at the Delaware Water Gap, and he was instantly hooked. He has hiked primarily in New Jersey, but has also trekked trails in Pennsylvania and New York. A hobby became a passion.
After starting a hiking group page on Facebook, friend and former co-worker Lisa Russell suggested he start a group on the social networking site MeetUp.com. Less than 24 hours after creating the group, it reached nearly 70 members with no promotion of any kind. Today, the group’s numbers continue to grow.
Matthew believes in the therapeutic benefits of hiking and being in nature with like-minded individuals.
On a deep level, he feels that hiking is a great natural reliever of stress and anxiety, as he’s suffered from both for years. “Something about unplugging, in a quiet setting with the trees, babbling brooks, local wildlife,” he says. “It just recharges my soul and my spirit. I’m at peace whenever I’m on a trail.” Here is a great article about the mental health benefits of hiking, which he suggests to just about anybody that will listen to him.
Some of his favorite places to hike include the Palisades Interstate Park System, Ramapo Reservation and the Deleware Water Gap. A photography enthusiast, he takes countless snapshots during hikes and posts them to the group’s pages on all social media outlets. He also encourages group members to suggest their favorite hike, as he usually selects a new hike location each week.
Ultimately, Matthew just wants to bring people together through hiking, and he hopes that Take A Hike! N.J. will do just that! Join the movement.