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 18, 2010

Sunday 4/18 -- Out of the Smokies

Hi All,

It's 11 o clock Sunday morning , I'm at the Standing Bear Farm hostel, just outside of the smokies, got here about 9am . Had a large 3 meat pizza and a DR Pepper and I am also having a Yearling beer for breakfast !!!!!!!!!!!  Life is good.

Got little sleep last night due to KING KONG snoorers in the shelter(yes, I had my earplugs) in the Smokies and that was after the 8oz of crown royal some college kids gave me at the shelter last night. Don't know what it is but everybody is giving me booze on the trail!!!!!!! Well I'm of to try to got in 15 miles before dark then 15 more tomorrow and a ZERO DAY in Hot Springs YAHOO.

Hike Safe!

Talk Soon,

Ponytail Dave

ps Love You and miss you ALOT Pammy.


  1. Anonymous18/4/10

    Great pace. Enjoy your zero day in Hot Springs. If memory serves me, there's a statue of Earl Shaffer there, the first thru hiker.
    Can't believe even with the booze you could'nt sleep sound enough to beat the snoorer's, so funny.

    Hike your own hike,

    Jim Lemire

  2. Yes that was quite the snore! It nearly blasted me through the bear chains and out of the shelter.


  3. Anonymous30/4/10

    PTD, sorry to hear bout the snorers! Hope the weather for your hikes are managable!
    LHS Students

  4. Anonymous30/4/10

    Dr. Pepper is the best! haha Thats really weird that people are trying to give you booze on the trail.
    -Tiffany M. And Jasmine B., From Mrs. Carbonneau's class.

  5. Anonymous30/4/10

    We are from LHS. We think that it is funny that everyone keeps giving you alchol. If I were be careful on how much you drink. :)