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 25, 2010

Friday 4/23

I spoke to PTD and he stated that on Thursday he felt good enough and it was still early so he pushed on to Flint Mnt Shelter, instead of staying at Jerry Cabin Shelter as he had predicted earlier in the day. Thursday was a 21.3 mile day on the AT(some strange shelter fact - in 1994 a thu-hiker was bitten on the hand by a fox in the middle of the night.  The shelter was full of people.

On Friday PTD said that Devil Fork Gap area was very green and the smell was amazing.  Fresh after rain smells were everywhere.  They had rain Thursday night.  He also said it was very cool the contrast of the old wooden gray pasture fence he came across in the green green gap.

Later in the day he came to a road crossing and low and behold trail majic. It seems to be everywhere down in the south. There was Boomer and Bear Crawl from Charlotte with a cooler full of pepsi, snickers, oatmeal cookies and more for all that hikers that pass by within a 2hr window.  PTD was glad he hit their window. It gave him the boost he needed to finish to Bald Mtn Shleter. He stayed and chatted w/the gentlemen for a bit before taking back off on the trail.

Dave called again today to tell me how beautiful the views were from Bald Mnt.  He said it is all open and he can see every which way. North, South East and West.  Much like on the top of Mt Moosilauke in NH on how you get the 360 degree view.

He will spend the night w/Fast Lane, Inferno, Maple, Jeff and Long Shank in the shelter. 18.9 mile day  The area around the shelter at Blad Mnt is too fragile for tenting so all are asked to stay in the shelter.


  1. When you come through Orange County NY you can expect some trail magic. Can't wait till you get close by, depending on the timing we can get you some goodies earlier too.

  2. When you are passing through Orange County we will be sure to put some trail magic out and about. Depending on when you get close we could make NY a walk in the park for ya:)