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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Friday – 7/16 400 miles left to go

Off early back to Rte 25C in Warren but 1st we spotted a car at the bottom of Moosilauke on rte 112 and left some trail magic for others coming down the mountain today on this hot muggy day.

Mike from the Adaptive group met up w/Ponytail this morning down near Long Pond for a surprise breakfast on the trail. Mike estimated how long it would take for him to get to the road crossing and patiently waited. Mike put together an assortment of wonderful breakfast goodies for PTD. Some coffee, OJ, pumpkin whoopee pies, the list goes on. Mike you did great! THANK YOU!!! Much appreciated.

Ponytail went over Mt Mist, got to overlook Wachipauka Pond a 22 acre remote pond that gets stocked w/trout for great fishing. He traveled up the Carriage Road where once back in the mid to late 1800’s, elegant guests would travel in the summer months to the beautiful summit hotel (Prospect House). The hotel is no longer there, it burned in 1942. Summited Mt Moosilauke (4,802), 1st 4,000 footer since beginning of VA.

Now it is getting muggier and a storm was brewing. He was on the north side heading down the long steep section when the skies let loose. There was now a river flowing over the steep rocks on the trail. There are signs to seek alternate routes if rain occurs. He is on the AT there are no short alternate routes around this section. He stopped for a few minutes to let the heavy down pour stop and proceeded carefully down the steep.

There is rebar, rock steps and wood blocks to help you get down around the waterfall but these become very slick when it rains. No incidents, he made it down safely by 2:30. Very good time considering the weather.

14.4 Miles today

Blue skies for now

Almost to the top

Trail starts on the right - see wooden stairs - then goes down!!!
Like he said river flowing down trail

He made it!!

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