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, June 14, 2010

Sunday 6/14

Ponytail thanked cousin Mark this morning before they parted ways.  Mark to upper state and Dave back on the trail.  PTD got a ride to the trailhead on PA 325 by a local.

He called early morning and had already done about 3.3 miles in a little over an hour.  His foot is feeling a bit better but not great. MAY have it checked when he gets to the Delaware Water Gap while visiting family for the upcoming weekend.

Today PTD passed the remnants of an old mining village that he could see from the trail. Our book says it is from the 1800's.  He also said there was intermittent rain and clouds. It is humid and buggy on the trail.

Just a tid bit of information - Earl Shaffer(trail name - Crazy One)in 1998 celebrated his 50th anniversary of his 1st thr-hike(1948) by thru-hiking the AT again at the age of 79.

Stayed at the William Penn Shelter - this shelter could sleep 16 but, tonight it was only Spooky and him. Spooky is a section hiking. This shelter has a loft and windows. 24.3 miles today - 1,179.4 miles to date


  1. The shelter sleeps 16, yet you're only staying with a man named spooky--kinda creepy. Great job and keep up the good work. Sorry about the foot hope it feels better.

  2. Anonymous15/6/10

    PTD, I'm very happy to hear that your foot is getting better. I also argee that you should go and get it checked out. It's our last day of school today there was a sign up sheet to go and hike with you sometime; we can't wait.

    Nineth Grade English Block #2
    p.s. Most of us will still be following you.

  3. Anonymous15/6/10

    Dear Dave,
    Good job! It has been a pleasure following your blog. :) We hope to join you on your journey when you get to New Hampshire. Following your blogs has been inspirational. We hope you aspire to greater things. Hike safe and we'll see you in the fall.
    Ninth Grade English Class

  4. Withu Inspirit16/6/10

    another huge thanks to cousin Mark for talking the time to get out and meet PTD, the whole family doesnt get together like we use to on the farm...(thanx Nancy) we all miss seeing everyone...must have really great for PTD...I'm sure that Mark having his bike was nice toooo. a few more steps and you'll see Karen and have some down time...Dr. Toole is my foot doctor and really good, he'll have you hiking happy in no time!!! we will miss seeing you this weekend..cant wait to hear about your new "happy feet" lots of luv...happy thoughts out to ya...