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

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday 7/10

Ponytail said he got his water alright. About 3:30am the skies let loose and it poured buckets. His tent was ready to float away it came down so hard. His seams leaked. Now everything in the tent is wet. Good thing he will be in Rutland tomorrow at the Long Trail so he can dry some things out. He is excited too, he will be meeting his friend Theo. Somehow he managed eventually to fall back asleep.

He woke early. Put his went tent in the garbage bag and back in his pack along w/other wet items. The small streams were now raging rivers. Good news he won't need to ration water today.

There was also another stream(now a river) that he went around instead of trying to go through it. Add another 1-1/2 miles for that. Moose and Tetherball managed to forge it. Took there boots off and carefully walked across the slippery water covered rocks. This must have been quite tough w/their packs on too. Remember their packs weigh about 40 lbs each.

Says he had drowning rains in the morning. As the day progressed it stopped raining but it got even more humid and more buggy. Like that was possible.

Ponytail stayed at Cooper lodge which is an enclosed stone shelter almost to the top of Killing ton (ski area).
Traveled 18.9 miles + 1 1/2 going around stream ( 20.4)
Hit the less than 500 mile mark to get to the top of Katahdin

1 comment:

  1. Withu Inspirit11/7/10

    Was kinda hoping you werent having the melting heat that we were...between the heat slowing ya down and the detours around raging stream... Vermont must seem and long as Virginia, espcially now that your closing in on home. keep happy!! lots of luv to ya