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

Friday, July 9, 2010

Monday – 7/5

Dropped Wee Nail and Ponytail off at the trail head this morning w/light packs on Rte 2 in North Adams. They are slack packing today and they are both very excited. They were going to do Mnt Greylock today but in reverse. So, traveling south bound. Steep up but easier down for their knees. I Left them at the trail head at 8am.

I drove to the summit of Mnt Greylock(there is an auto road) to meet them for snacks. It was about 10;15 or so when they arrived on top. That means they both did 6.3 miles in 2hrs and 15 minutes. Impressive especially in this heat!

We all went up into the War monument on top of the mountain. It has 89 steps in a spiral stairwell. We had views (a bit hazed due to weather) of the Catskills, Green mountains…Beautiful panoramic views. Mt Greylock is the highest peak in MA, standing 3,491 feet. There is also a lodge (Bascom) where guests may stay. Looked lovely. Just renovated.

They traveled round and down the mountain getting glimpses of beautiful views. They went right through the middle of Cheshire, went over the Cobbles (outcropping of marble rocks looking over the Hoosic River, they went through fields, and of course the dreaded pavement walking. Think they said they did something like 2 miles on the hot pavement. (It was 98 today)

They traveled back to Tom’s house where I was to meet them.

They did 23.3 miles today. Way to go boys!

Wee Nail, Pam and Ponytail on top of Greylock

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