The Long Trail Day 27 : Tracking Zero and Tennille
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Tracking Zero and Tennille 2015

The Long Trail Day 27

by cyberhiker01 on 07/01/14

Woke up this am and it was warm-- much warmer than it had been. That, however, was not a good thing.  I needed for Tennille to do high miles for at least one day during this final stretch, and with it being so hot, it was not the ideal day.  After reviewing the trail data, I nothiced that the shelter spacing in this section had larger gaps.  Hopefully, this meant the tr=errain would be a bit easier.  Relying on experience, intuition, and whole lot of luck, I decided to push for 15 miles.  That would mean being able to get our ride at the end of the trail-- I was betting my hotel reservation and flight on us being able to go the distance.  Those had already been purchased earlier in the day.  We left early, hoping to get some good miles in before it got too hot.  The first 4 miles I knew should have been somewhat mellow because we were going toward a road and a river, which are always down low.  What I didn't count on was that signage in this section has become very minimal, making it difficult to find our way.  Luckily, a guy stopped at the shelter last night, and he was doing high miles.  Early in the day he caught and passed us.  This was good news, as I hoped Tennille had picked up his scent and would follow.  The terrain wasn't steep or rocky, which was good, because I have both a sore knee and wrist from a fall the other day.  Tennille also needed a break from the climbing.  She led the way, which was good because most of the day I had little to no idea where I actually was. The few hard markers we had (streams, ledges) and a single shelter were few and far between, and most weren't associated with any specific mileage.  So, even though the terrain was more gentle, this actually proved to be one of the most difficult to negotiate.  At the end of the day, it became incredibly hot, and my trusty phone told me it was between 85-90 degrees, and VERY humid.  Toward the latter part of the day, we had a 1000-1500 foot climb.  With the heat and the added miles I was asking Tennille to do, we had to stop many times.  With the increased frequency and duration of the stops, I began to wonder if we would be able to make it to the shelter.  Thankfully, once we reached the top of Laraway Mountain, Tennille go a much needed second wind and began hiking with a purpose.  We covered the last 3 miles in near-record time and found a really sweet camp spot.  I couldn't be more proud of Tennille.  The day was hers, both physically and mentally.  We are looking to a slightly shorter day tomorrow.

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Tracking Zero and Tennille at the Outdoor Retailer Show Jan. 21, 2015
Getting ready for the Blind Beer Pour at the SOLE booth
Coffee break at the SOLE booth
Trevor and Tennille outside the Salt Palace

Trevor and Tennille have completed the 500 mile Colorado Trail.  Read about the the trek here:

 June 18 pre-hike interview on Denver NBC station: click HERE to view.


The team hiked the CT to raise money & awareness for his charity, Team FarSight FoundationInc., which Trevor founded in 2014.  Its mission is to empower blind children & youth through the development of hiking & other backcountry programs.  The goal is to teach participants problem-solving skills & give them the confidence they will need to be both productive & competitive in all aspects of their lives.  Additionally, the foundation is working to break down barriers between the sighted & blind communities and to challenge societal misconceptions of the abilities of the blind.

Team FarSight Foundation, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity & a One Percent for the Planet non-profit partner.  Please help publicize their hike so that they can continue the work of empowering the blind.  Thanks to all those who have already donated.  Donations can be made securely through the foundation's website: 
 www.farsightfoundation.org
June 30: Article in Denver Post:  Click HERE 
July 2: NY Post article:  Click HERE 
July 9: Charlotte Observer.  Click HERE 
July 17th: Huffington Post.  Click HERE.

July 2:  Daily Mail, UK article.  Click HERE 
 July 30: Durango News article:  Click HERE  
July 30: Appalachian Trail Cafe.  Click HERE
August 2:  Trevor interviewed on 9News, NBC Denver CO:  Click HERE to view.
August 4:  Trevor had a wonderful interview on Colorado Public Radio after the CO Trail before his flight to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Show.  Check it out HERE.



More to come!
August 10:  Check out the BBC link HERE for a wonderful interview after the CO Trail.
August 12:  Link to great interview on NBC TV(WCNC Charlotte)-- view HERE.