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

Sunday 4/11

Early start – Beautiful day. He ended up meeting up w/Brian again from CO today and hiking all day w/him. Both took in spectacular views of the Smokies from Wesser Bald (4,627’) There is an observation tower there that used to be an operating fire tower. Says it was a super clear day. Could see for miles.  He hopes to be starting the Smokey Mountains sometime next weekend.
Today he did about 16 miles and is now at the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) This is a huge outdoor adventure center for white water rafting.

The tent sites are all full so Dave, Brian, Mr Vix, Ian and several others are staying in the Bunk house.

As of right now he has hiked 135 miles and has 2,043 more to go.

He has 28 miles to get to Fontana Dam and says he will do it in 2 days. He will slow a bit.

Will get it out of him next time I talk to him how and why he got it this trail name……stay tuned…


  1. Great Job Dave (Trooper) we are all so Proud of you!!! I cant wait to see how and why you have the nickname!!! See you soon!! Love Ya Leah

  2. Withu Inspirit12/4/10

    I guess we have to wait to hear the story behind Trooper-I would guess it has something to do with going gunn-hoo no matter what..knowing David . No matter what, a great name. Loads of happy thoughts your way!!