The Appalachian Trail Adventure

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2,185 Miles

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Our Mission

The mission of the Walk With Me for Children Appalachian Trail Adventure project is to provide substantial financial resources to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In 2018, funds will be raised from donations and sponsorships of a 2,185 mile up to 7 month hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. Sponsors can support the mission through by-the-mile sponsorships or fixed amount donations. Walk With Me For Children seeks support from caring medical suppliers, nationwide Masonic organizations, those in the medical profession, general neighborhood businesses, and the public at large.

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The Walk With Me for Children Appalachian Trail Adventure project intends that 93% of the donations or greater collected will be used by the Shriners Hospital for Children for the care of children and their families, regardles of the families ability to pay. Credit card security and processing fees, Fed and State government fees, and a small amount for posters and mail costs, etc. affect the %. The organization has no paid employees and the hiker is a self-funded volunteer and will not use any proceeds from donations for equipment, transportation, food, camp fees, or other personal expensis.

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99% of all Donations Go To Shriners Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to:

Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.

  • Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.

This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay.

Shriner Hospital Vision

Become the best at transforming children’s lives by providing exceptional healthcare through innovative research, in a patient and family-centered environment.

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2 Weeks and a Hitch - Thru-Hiker Sponsorship $25.00 now and then $25.00 per Month for 6 more Months. Select
A Month of Hiking - Thru-Hiker Sponsorship $50.00 now and then $50.00 per Month for 6 more Months. Select
Quarter Way - Thru-Hiker Sponsorship $75.00 now and then $75.00 per Month for 6 more Months. Select
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The Appalachian National Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy claims that the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world. More than 2 million people are said to take a hike on part of the trail at least once each year.

It is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms. It passes through 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

From Wikipedia.Org

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The Appalachian Trail Glossary (Trail Terminology)

ALDHA (noun, organization) – Abbreviation for the Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association.
Amicalola (noun, place) – Short for Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia, home of Springer Mountain.
AT (noun, place) – Abbreviation for Appalachian Trail or the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
ATC (noun, organization) – Abbreviation for Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the organizatino that oversees the maintenance of, conservation on, and advocacy for the preservation of the AT. The headquarters in Harpers Ferry is also often referred to as “the ATC.”
AYCE (phrase) – Acronym for “all you can eat.”
Baxter (noun, place) – Short for Baxter State Park, Maine, home of Mount Katahdin.
The Bubble (noun, concept) – The denser cluster of northbound thru-hikers who embark from Springer Mountain the last week of March and the first week of April. Sometimes also refers to the much smaller cluster of southbound thru-hikers who embark from Mount Katahdin the first week of June.
Cairn (noun, thing) – A small tower of rocks used as a trail marker in areas where trees are scarce, or used sentimentally as a monument.
Flip-flopper (noun, person) – Someone who thru-hikes the AT in a non-contiguous manner.
GAME (concept) – An acronym used by northbound thru-hikers meaning “Georgia to Maine,” sometimes written as “GA→ME.”  See NoBo.
The Green Tunnel (noun, place) – A nickname for the AT, referencing the tree cover that encloses the trail corridor most of the way during the summer and late spring months.
Harpers Ferry (noun, place) – The town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, a few hundred miles south of the AT halfway point and home of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy‘s headquarters.
Hike Your Own Hike or HYOH (phrase) – A motto of sorts that means anything from “to each his own” to “stay out of my business.”
Hut – In the White Mountains National Forest, a hut is a fully enclosed lodge with running water, wood stoves, and other amenities.
Katahdin (noun, place) – Short for Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine, the northern terminus of the AT.
Leave No Trace or LNT (phrase) – A phrase representing the seven principles of outdoor ethics: (1) Plan ahead and prepare, (2) travel and camp on durable surfaces, (3) dispose of waste properly, (4) leave what you find, (5) minimize campfire impacts, (6) respect wildlife, and (7) be considerate of other visitors.
Logbook (noun, thing) – A guest book kept at shelters, campsites, and visitor centers along the AT in which all hikers can write entries. Not to be confused with Trail Journals.
LT or The Long Trail (noun, place) – A national scenic trail running 273 miles through Vermont, which shares it’s southernmost 100 miles with the AT.
MEGA (concept) – An acronym used by southbound thru-hikers meaning “Maine to Georgia,” sometimes written “ME→GA.” See SoBo.
Nero – Short for “nearly zero,” or a partial day off (very few miles walked) during a long-distance hike.
NoBo (adjective or noun, person) – Short for “northbound,” “northbound hiker,” or “northbound thru-hiker.”
Privy (noun, thing) – An outhouse or compostable toilet at a backcountry campsite.
PUDS (phrase) – Short for “pointless ups and downs,” meaning a series of climbs and descents without a view.
Ridge-runner (noun, person) – An ATC volunteer who monitors the AT, especially in heavily-trafficked areas such as state and national parks.
Section Hiker (noun, person) – A 2,000 miler who hiked or is currently hiking the entire AT in over a year, in any order.
Shelter (noun, thing) – A structure for backcountry lodging, typically three-sided.
Slack-pack (verb) – To leave the bulk of one’s belongings elsewhere and hike with a day pack during a long-distance backpacking trip.
SoBo (adjective or noun, person) – Short for “southbound,” “southbound hiker,” or “southbound thru-hiker.”
The Shennies (noun, place) – Short for Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
The Smokies (noun, place) – Short for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina.
Springer (noun, place) – Short for Springer Mountain, Georgia, the southern terminus of the AT.
Thru-Hiker (noun, person) – Any long-distance hiker who walks the length of a particular trail in one setting or within one year.
Trail Clubs – local organizations, primarily consisting of volunteers, that are responsible for the maintenance and protection of sections of the AT, in affiliation with the ATC.
Trail Crew (noun, people) – A group of Trail Maintainers.
Trail Journals (noun, thing) – Trail Journals is a centralized website for long-distance hikers all over the world to write about their journeys. Not to be confused with Logbooks.
Trail Magic (noun, thing) – Any act of kindness or gift bestowed on hikers, including water, meals, transportation, lodging, or even money.
Trail Maintainer (noun, person) – Someone who cares for a tract of the AT, usually as a volunteer.
Trail Name (noun, concept) – A special nickname adopted by long-distance backpackers, which has become a tradition on the AT and many other trails.
“The Trail Provides” (phrase) – A phrase meaning that, in emergencies or difficult situations, a hiker’s needs will be met somehow.
Vitamin I (noun, thing) – Ibuprofen, the “drug of choice” for many long-distance hikers.
Yogi (verb) – To charm, persuade, or otherwise convince locals and day hikers to provide trail magic.
Zero – A day off during a long-distance hike in which zero miles are walked.
2,000 Miler (noun, person) – Any individual who has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, regardless of time spent doing so, and regardless of the AT’s exact length upon completion.

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Where’s Giuseppe?
For a few days before Thanksgiving of 2015, my then girlfriend, the wonderful Eileen, were staying in the Shenandoah National Park at the Pacific Appalachian Trail Club’s Range View cabin anticipating what turned out to be one of the best Thanksgiving dinners I have ever enjoyed in my life, which was served at the Skyland Resort. The day before Thanksgiving, we decided to take a loop hike to the Hogback Overlook and back to the cabin.

As we approached the overlook we encounter in the late November cold a confident looking man standing in the sun in tan shorts and a long sleeve T-shirt on the ragged edge of the overlook one leg up on a rock like a Captain Morgan impersonator digging in a pack without it’s lid, Appearing to be pulled like a rabbit from a hat was a pack of tortillas with a half jar of Skippy and a long long but little scoop spoon. As we approached, he was indifferent to our presence while spreading a massive glob of Skippy on a tortilla. As we arrived he looked up with a bright twinkle in his eye and exposed, an unbelievable by today’s standards, massive white handlebar mustache which matched his short white hair being tickled by the breeze.

This I thought was one of the famous “diehard backpackers” I had heard about that simply did know when to get off of the trail. We talked a little small talk as he inhaled the tortilla and licked every trace film of Skippy off of the spoon, and meticulously placed it in his pack as if were made of gold, then rolled down the top and…  that’s it! Well… where’s the lid, I wondered? In my sometimes anal retentive world, you just can’t live out of a pack without the lid!


When I asked about the lid, I believe he said, “weighs too much”. This ushered in a long talk about handles cut off of tooth brushes, and carrying a razor-blade instead of a penknife to lighten the pack, and then the “ultra-light” pieces of gear he uses and their manufactures. Then came cottage makers working out of home garages custom making from exotic materials “the best gear you have never heard of”. Then came discussions of, “best” boots and hiking shoes, trekking poles and stoves and on and on. Glancing over my shoulder Eileen, the smartest of the two of us, had a little folded scrap of paper in her hand quietly listing his answers. I owe Eileen for making that list because it contained the foundation for the gear I currently use.
As we discussed my years long interest, but hesitation, in a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, by the time it was over he had convinced me that I really could thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail! But quietly deep inside I was still reserved, after all I was 59 years old! What chance did I have?  I reminded myself, “Only 1 in 4 that attempt the hike make it” went through my mind as I paid notice at his mid 30s physique compared to mine, I just had to ask,”How old are you ?” Eileen looked at me as if I had stepped over the last line of decorum when he answered, “65”.   Sixty-Five!… Sixty-Five! I screamed inside myself. No Way!  After I rebounded, he explained that when he started hiking the first thru-hike he was out of shape and he took it slow at first. By the time we had met him, he had hiked the trail a couple times and was headed southbound to Georgia again planning to arrive by the end of December. That day I knew I could make it, and since then I have been researching equipment, going on shakedown hikes, and dreaming of the Walk With Me for Children Adventure for Shriners Hospital for Children.

I believe Giuseppe is still on the trail somewhere, and until I can shake his hand and thank him for providing me the advice and confidence to take this adventure, I will be the odd character stopping at each overlook calling out… “Where’s Giuseppe?”

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