Trevor Thomas Blind Hiker
Even though Trevor had earned "trail credit" for his completion of the AT, he found it very hard to recruit partners to hike with "the blind guy." Most didn't want to be responsible for getting him killed, and many others thought it was a great idea, but figured the presence of a blind person would make the trek impossible to complete. Other concerns were personalities, availability, and the fact that in order to make the trek happen, he would have to outfit the team and get it funded. Thomas founded Team FarSight in 2009 with those goals in mind.
The next year, they successfully completed a thru-hike of the 2,654 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The team suffered many hardships during the trek, but through it all made good decisions and stuck together as a team. In doing so, they finished what everyone had repeatedly told them was impossible. The PCT stretches from the California/Mexico border (Campo, CA) through the Sierra Nevada mountain range, continuing through Yosemite National Park, through the Cascade Mountain Range, ending at the border of the U.S. and Canada (Manning Park, Canada). Team FarSight's expedition was truly extraordinary, considering that fewer people have thru-hiked the PCT than have summited Mt. Everest. Thomas is the only blind person to have completed the trail.
Trevor's goal for Team FarSight is to not only demonstrate what is possible through these expeditions, but to raise money to provide services for others who are blind so that they can achieve their own personal goals and live more independent lives.
CHAD ZANDY, 33--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 is one of the original members of Team FarSight, and 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, 51-- 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, 44--trail name Zero/Zero
Team Farsight's Newest Member! Tennille is a 2 1/2 year old black Lab--Trevor's Guide Dog. She is a graduate of Guide Dogs for the Blind in Marin, CA. She has been trained to aid him in town; he is working with her to refine her skills to help him in the backcountry. Trevor and Tennille have been together for 6 months. She has proven herslf to be a great teammate and companion, both in the city and on trail.
Tennille has trekked in Greyson Highlands, VA, South Mountain, NC, and has completed several hikes in the Muir National Forest. Her first summit was Mount Tam ( Northern California); her second was Mount Rogers (VA). She 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. Check out Guidedogs.com for information about this wonderful organization.