WHO WE ARE
GOAT (Great Outdoor Adventure Trips) is a sister ministry under the umbrella of Lead Collective. We are led by a small staff team, supported by Summer Guides, and an army of
volunteers, donors, and advocates.
How's it going, my name is Mikey Hayes, and I am so glad to be here! This opportunity literally blows my mind at least once a week.
If you've been around GOAT for a while, the name "Mikey" might sound a bit familiar. My name might ring a bell because I'm arguably one of the O.G. GOAT students.
My journey with GOAT started when I was in 7th grade, and ever since my first mountain biking trip at Isaqueena the outdoors, and GOAT have had a special place in my heart.
I was mentored and poured into by the folks who spent time volunteering and working with GOAT. I eventually helped out in leading trips and became a guide for GOAT until I left for college.
Shortly after graduating from North Greenville University and marrying the most patient and wise woman I know, GOAT began searching for an extra hand in leading its programs. After thinking and praying, the opportunity seemed too good to pass up.
I am so glad to be in this position. Looking back, some of my favorite memories growing up revolve around GOAT Trips. Slamming breakfast burritos covered in hot sauce before mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest, stargazing on top of Little Green in Panthertown Valley, and making dozens on lunches in GOAT's kitchen were some of my favorite things ever.
The fact that I have the opportunity to provide similar experiences for similar students is so exciting and so incredible.
I'm honored to be here, and I can't wait to get outside!
Abbey is a native of Greenville, SC. She is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School and North Greenville University. During her time at North Greenville, she studied Health Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. In 2021 she had the opportunity to be a summer guide with G.O.A.T.
This opportunity grew her love for working with students in the outdoors. Since then she has had the opportunity to assist in coaching a climbing team in Greenville and volunteer with Eleos.
Abbey enjoys climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and running. Abbey’s favorite places to climb outdoors include the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Hidden Valley in Virginia. One of Abbey’s favorite things in life is learning new outdoor skills with friends and getting to educate others around her so they can also enjoy new experiences in the outdoors.