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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday 6/30 - Miss you Michael

Hi All,

Today is the 3rd anniversary of my brother Michael passing, to whom this hike is in remembrance of. So, please take a moment today to think of him.

Those of you who knew Michael loved him and those of you who didn’t get to meet him would have loved him. He always remembered a face and a name. He always has a hug and a hello for everyone.

I think of him often on this journey and I am the one who missed out by not getting to spend more time with him. There are times when things plain old suck out here and I think of Michael and he pulls me through.

I love you and miss you my brother and hope you are watching and are proud of me.

Love, Dave


  1. Anonymous30/6/10

    Just wanted to thank you for the great tribute you wrote for Mike this morning. I have no doubt in my mind that he is watching over you and is beaming with pride and joy just like me. I really believe he has been your guardian angel thru this whole adventure. From Mike and me, we love you and keep hiking safe!! Luv, your big sis Karen

  2. Withu Inspirit1/7/10

    just have to say ditto to Karens comment...she said it wonderfully... happy thoughts out to you..and lots of love...