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

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 3 & 4

Hi All,

Saturday - Dave said Fri night in the shelter was noisy!!! Someone was snoring and vibrating the floor all night. Not much sleep. Thinks he loves his tent.

He said lots of ups and downs before he reached the Slaughter Creek Campsites (base of Blood Mountain) where he will spend Sat night. He had his choice for dinner,Garlic Couscous or freeze dried Beef Stew, he went w/the beef stew (that was to be his Easter Dinner). He did about 12 miles that day and was very hungry. Says still nice and warm and loving the trail.

Sunday - He called at about 7:45am and he was very excited and already on top of Blood Mountain (according to ancient tales Blood Mountain got its name from a battle between the Creek & Cherokee nations on the slopes and it left so many dead and wounded that the ground ran red w/blood, hence the name Blood Mountain. He had just missed the sunrise. Says he needs to get up earlier next time.

That's all I have for now, waiting for his next call.

Talk later,



  1. Glad all seems to be going well and that you decided to pack your tent! Thinking of you!!! ~Sandy & Gary

  2. Anonymous5/4/10

    Send him some earplugs. Seriously, I carry them. Yes, the tent is great on good weather days. Nothing like waking up in the rain and having to pack a wet tent. Shelters make for a quick exit in the morning and cooking in the evening when it is raining.


  3. Laura White5/4/10

    Hey Pammy, Tell Smit we said hi. Glad the weather has been good ofr the start. Get that bug spray oput before there's nothing left of him to get home! lol Love you guys. xo J & L

  4. Bug spray is going in next package and more ear plugs going. He can't seem to find the ones he packed. Somewhere in the back pack he says.