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

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday 4/12

Hi all,

Dave called tonight to let me know he is spending the night near Brown Fork Gap Shelter. Approx 16 grueling miles today.   His feet are sore.  Lots of ups and downs. Very clear. Says he got some great pics to send home. Can't wait to see them.

Also, he said that he has ALREADY CHANGED his trail name after finding out that 2 other people hiking the trail this year have the name Trooper. They found "the orginal Trooper" and then another one signing in to the shelters. His name now is one that he was called back up north by Sandy Olney.  Pony Tail Dave. That soooo suits him. So, Pony Tail Dave it is. Thanks Sandy!

Bye for now,



  1. I remember the hike from the NOC to Brown Fork Gap; the last climb just about did me in. It's a doozy!

    P.T. Dave, you're doing great!

  2. Withu Inspirit13/4/10

    Pony Tail Dave is cute! does he know how to braid it himself, or does he have to wait till he meets up with Pam to have it rebraided. Guess you can have sloppy hair on the trail! sloppy or not he is still my hero for undertaking this adventure...ptd-happy thoughts to ya!!!

  3. Yep... Pony Tail Dave is "just right"! ...keep it going Dave! you're awesome! ~Sandy