Trevor Thomas Blind Hiker
CHAD ZANDY, 34--trail name Fire Marshall
Zandy grew up in a hardworking, blue collar community in the mountains of NW Pennsylvania. As a young man, he learned survival skills passed down to him by his father and grandfather, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He later studed Kung Fu, Brazillian Jujitsu, kickboxing, and full contact fighting. In 2004, he earned two gold medals and a silver medal at the Pennsylvania State Games. His physical and mental discipline brings structure and balance to the team.
Throughout his life, Zandy has enjoyed hiking, extreme mountain biking, trail running, canoeing, bouldering, and rappelling. He has hiked numerous sections of the North Country Scenic Trail, and traiblazes in the Allegheny National Forest. In 2008, he hiked 850 miles of the Appalachian Trail's southern terminus.
Fire Marshall was instrumental in making the team's thru-hike of the PCT a success. His dedication and calm demeanor under pressure and his logistical and navigational skills are second to none.
DAVE BAUMGARTNER, 52-- trail name Just Dave
Baumgartner brings a lifetime of military training and backcountry experience to the team. He backpacked extensively throughout Europe while serving in the Army. In addition, he has trekked throughout Mexico and the Yucatan. An avid hunter and fisherman, he has been deep in the back country on expeditions in Alaska and Montana. He is NAUI and Los Angeles County SCUBA certified, having dive experience in both the U.S. and Mexico.
He completed a thru-hike of the 2,654 mile PCT. Thomas and the team met him early in the hike, and for the majority of the trek, they were together. He proved to be a great hiking companion, and when asked, agreed to join the team. Other interests include adventure racing, urban challenges, orienteering, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, canyoneering, and running marathons and ultra marathons. He is currently one of Team FarSight's core members.
TREVOR THOMAS, 45--trail name Zero/Zero
Thomas and Tennille graduated from Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in September, 2012. GDB is more than an industry-leading guide dog school--it is a passionate community serving the visually impaired. Using an exceptional network of puppy raisers, trainers, instructors, volunteers, and staff, they breed and prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower the blind and visually impaired. GDB receives no public funding and their services are totally free of cost to recipients. As one can imagine, these exceptional animals and the training they receive is incredibly expensive, and the need is great. For more information about this wonderful organization, please visit their website www.guidedogs.com and give as generously as you are able so that other blind individuals will enjoy the life-changing benefits that Thomas is enjoying with his Guide, Tennille.
Tennille has trekked with Thomas in Greyson Highlands (VA), South Mountain (NC), and has completed several hikes in the Muir National Forest. She summitted Mount Tam (Northern California), Mount Rogers (VA), and completed her first thru hike of the Mountains to Sea Trail (NC), a nearly 1,000 mile trail from Clingman's Dome in western NC to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks, and is presently training for many more adventures in 2014.
Team FarSight was founded by Trevor Thomas in 2009 to challenge societal misconceptions about the abilities of the blind and visually impaired. Thomas has thru hiked some of the most rugged and remote long trails in the United States to demonstrate what is possible for a blind person to accomplish. A secondary goal for Team FarSight is to provide inspiration, hope, and assistance to other blind individuals who want to achieve goals not typically expected from members of the blind community.
In 2013 Team FarSight became Team FarSight, LLC, in order to grow and achieve long term goals. What started as one blind man's attempt to regain his independence has grown to include a support crew, website person, a group of great sponsors, and many volunteers. Their tireless work, logistical expertise, gear, and sponsorship makes it possible for the team to accomplish its goals. When situations require, close hiking partners Dave Baumgardner and Chad Zandy are called upon for assistance.
This season Team FarSight, LLC will be hiking to raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. In addition Thomas is partnering with The Perkins School for the Blind and Boy Scout Troop #3 (Manchester, MA) to develop the Blind Ambassador Program, a unique hiking program for the blind and visually impaired.