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

Sunday 7/25 -- hits 1900 miles

PTD was surprised when Inferno showed up at later Sunday night. He had traveled w/her for a bit earlier on in his journey. PTD actually got to hike w/her and her brother several times. I have met her, her brother and her father too. He says it was nice to see her. Also, Rest Stop stayed at the shelter that night too.

He hiked today w/Inferno today. Says it was a bit cooler than past days. Super windy. Gusts about 40mph. He says he worked his butt off today. Mt Success was a tough climb. Although rewarding due to the alpine gardens and the views of Mt Wash and the other surrounding mountains.

At about 9:30 am they reached the final state “MAINE” He has successful accomplished 13 states and has only 281.4 more miles to go. He felt releived a bit to go over the border, but knows Maine will not be easy.

Say there were some mucky swampy areas too. Guess Inferno fell and slipped into the mud. PTD looked back to see where she was and she was stuck up to her knees, He helped her get out. She had mud everywhere. They both laughed about it.

He traveled over MT Carlo, Goose Eye Mnt east and Goose Eye Mnt north(passed the 1,900 mile mark on the AT) to Fulling Mill Mnt then down into Mahoosuc Notch which "they" say is the toughest mile on the trail. PTD didn't think so. He still thinks the climb up Wild Cat the other day was tougher in the rain. Says Mahoosuc Notch wasn't a picnic. Lots of scrambling over, around, under, up and down giant boulders. Says he could still see solid ice down in some of the crevasses. He could see steam coming out of the caves too. Doesn't get much sunlight down there.

Overall good day just another tough one on the AT

Stayed at Spec Pond Shelter. Chilly and windy. Put his long johns and wind shirt on.

14.6 miles today


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