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 25, 2010

Thursday 7/22

Today was another hard wet day for PTD. Clouds, then rain, heavy rain, stop and then rain again. He traveled w/Snickers today.

Wildcat - peak D (3,990) over to Wildcat - peak A(4,422) then over Carter Notch and to the Carter Notch Hut(northern most hut in NH)(located between 2 small lakes). Here is where he and Snickers came upon Marianne. She was working at the hut. She had some nice hot tasty tomato soup and a variety of other foods that she offered up to Snickers and PTD. PTD said it was the best soup. They stayed to rest and dry a bit before continuing on.

Now it was over to Carter Dome(4,832), down to Zeta Pass(3,890) back up to South Carter (4,458), Middle Carter(4,610) to North Carter(4,539) and then to the Imp Shelter where he will spend the night. This shelter will sleep 16. Tonight there were a couple of SOBO(south bounders), Snickers, Lighting, Ring Leader and Monkey staying there.

After all the rain today Ponytail did get to see a nice sunset.

Ponytail says he loved the Whites. They battered and bruised him but he wouldn't have missed it for the world. Says he got a wide spectrum of weather, humidity, warmth, sun, rain, t-storms and winds. Lots of the time it was slippery and wet.

13.1 miles to day
PTD joking you really think he took the Gondola? Guess you don't know PTD if you think he did. 

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