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, August 6, 2010

Message from Ponytail in Monson

Hi All,

Here in Monson Maine, the last trail town on the AT. Tomorrow I will be off to the 100 Mile Wilderness and then to summit Mount Kathadin.

My journey is almost over, time to go back home to a regular life (no more trail life). I am happy and sad all at the same time. Looking forward to my wife, family, friends and motorcycle. Emotions are running very high at this point of my journey. I’m left w/great appreciation for what I have in the world and all the great people all around me.

Thank you to all that have helped me on my trek. Also, thank you to all of you that have donated to ASPNC. This helped make it an even more rewarding journey for me. Michael would be proud, to know that we have helped make a difference.

I am asking now that if anyone out there thought about donating and haven’t, NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE. Let’s finish this hike w/a BANG and get to $10,000. Only need $1,850 more to go. Every $5 and $10 will make the difference. If you know of anyone interested in donating, please give them the info on how to. THANK YOU.

Thank you again for all your support.

Look forward to seeing everyone at my coming home party.

VFW – Littleton, NH --- Sat 8/21 5-8pm



  1. Gingersnap7/8/10

    Congratulations on your finishing your hike! I am sooooo excited for you and know you are too. I will finish some day, just not this year. Think of you often! Hope your journey has brought you much enjoyment, enlightenment, and insite to the things that matter in life. You are a special man... Keep in touch, I would love to see a pic of you at Katahdin!


  2. So happy to see your dream fulfilled! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.