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 27, 2010

Monday 7-26

Early early morning PTD woke to wet feet. He had hung his pack in the corner of the shelter w/his 2qts of water in his platypus bladder like he usually does. He does this so he is ready to go in the morning and doesn’t need to waste time to go get water and treat it. His bottom of his sleeping pad, sleeping bag was socked. His platypus had sprung a leak.

There was room to move in the shelter so he just scooted over a bit out of the water and went back to sleep till daybreak. Then he would deal w/it.

When he woke he says it was 46 + wind chill. He bets it was in the high 30’s. He hung out his things to dry in the wind on an old birch tree that was down. The wind was strong. They dried in no time. The leak in the bladder was at the top near the screw on top. So, he now puts it in his pack right side up (instead of upside down) so that the water won’t leak out till he gets to an outfitter to buy a new one. Since he can’t use the water hose he has to fill keep re-filling his water bottle by pouring it in. No biggie. Just extra time.

Grafton Notch in Oxford, ME - (1495) – steep climb down from 2,500 1st thing in the morning. Then it was back up to Baldpate Mnt West(3,662) and Baldpate Mnt East(3,810), both had magnificent views of Sunday River and other mountains, rock faces, he followed the cairns. Said wind was blowing so hard it would blow him sideways. at times. Needed to keep steady footing.

Beautiful day. Low 70’s (perfect hiking) but very windy, almost 30 mph guests.

He stayed near Dunn Notch and the falls. After he set up camp he was going to check out the falls.  A bit later in the evening Moose and Tetherball showed up. Cool! More friends to camp with.

14.1 mile today 1,920.9 to date 257.4 left to go



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