Georgia to Maine - - Please join me from start (4/1) to finish (8/10) - 132 days!!!!!

Bethlehem, NH
I have completed my thru-hike of the AT from Georgia to Maine; I started 4/1 and completed 8/10/10. I decided to do this thru-hike in memory of my brother Michael and in turn decided to turn it into a fundraiser. All money raised went to the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country which gives year-round opportunities in sports and recreation to people with physical or developmental disabilities. My wife Pam and I got involved with this program because it allows us to help people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors like we do and my brother Michael did. Michael was born mentally challenged, and he loved to visit us in the North Country of NH and go hiking. He also loved the outdoors and did many other sports. So, to help others do this and other outdoor activities is a TRIBUTE to him, and an HONOR to us. Many of you have helped me along my journey and donated (follow donation link) directly to a secure website. All donations have gone and WILL CONTINUE to go to ASPNC – nonprofit org to help assist others to hike, ski, kayak, snow shoe..etc… Thank you all in advance for your kindness & generosity, Dave & Pam Smith

Thursday, January 28, 2010

nice to hear from friends!

Jim, great to hear from you. I think I'm pretty well prepared, only time on the trail will tell. CAN'T WAIT!!!

Allen, Also great to hear from you, I hope my posts and pics will bring back some great memories!
(my home will soon be where I hang my foodbag) I'll think of that phrase every night when I'm setting up camp.

Talk to you all soon .
Dave  (Smitty)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Gear is in Florida

Hi All,

My gear arrived in Florida at 10pm last night,now all I have to do is wait for April 1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Winter on the AT

Hi All,.

The weather was so nice I decided to hike a small part of the AT today, hiked the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail to Crawfords Path to the summit of Mt Washington. It was a balmy -09 degrees at the start at 7:45, and around 18 at the summit 0 to -5 with the wind gusts up to 30mph! Awsome hike, took me 3 hours to reach summit, had lunch and back down in under 2 1/2hrs. My gear is arriving in Florida tonight with my Inlaws Skip and Chris, so things are all set for April fools day.

Talk to you  all later,

Dave  (Smitty)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

ski to yurt

Hi All,

Just ended a great weekend visit from Ted and Katherine Becker. Skied BW Sat. & XCountry to the yurt on Sun, BRRR single digits, but good workout to keep my legs in shape.

Sunday, January 3, 2010