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

Friday, April 2, 2010

Hawk Mnt to Gooch Gap Shelter in brief

Hi All,

Spoke to Dave last night and he was setting his tent outside Hawk Mountain Shelter, about 8 miles from the trail head. He was feeling great! Perfect day for a hike! Sunny & Warm.

Tonight he called after he ate his Four Cheese instant potatoes and a Slim Jim to tell me he had another beautiful day . He was on his way down to a stream to get water and dunk his head. He said he was going to try to sleep in the shelter at Gooch Gap tonight and hope the mice don't drive him crazy. He has never slept in a shelter and wanted to check it out since it didn't seem so busy. As of earlier he had the loft to himself. He did about another 8 miles today. He said it has been extremely hot and buggy (I wasn't to send the bug spray till May) Guess what will be in his next mail drop? Ben's by Tender Corp.

For Saturday he says he will be up and out early tomorrow on his way to Slaughter Creek Tent. Will travel approx 11 miles. Still no trail name. Other hikers were talking about it so hopefully it won't be long.

Talk later,

(the hikers wife)
PS - His hand written journals and pics should start to come home by mid April.  I will post as soon as I get them.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3/4/10

    cool, stayed at both Hawk Mt Shelter and Gooch Gap.
    Loving the updates. Posting both mileage and donation updates at work.

    Jim L