The Long Trail Day 18 : Tracking Zero and Tennille
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Tracking Zero and Tennille 2015

The Long Trail Day 18

by cyberhiker01 on 06/24/14

Woke up to no rain!  I was very happy that we decided to hold up before climbing to the summit of Mount Abraham.  It was probably the toughest climb that Tennille and I have had thus far.  It was nearly a mile long slab and rock scramble that was above tree line.  We did have high winds, but at least the rocks were fairly dry, allowing us to climb.  For most of thus climb I had to allow Tennille off leash.  She is a faster climber than I am, takes different routes, and would always stop about every 59 feet to make sure that I was okay.  I am really happy were worked on off leash recall the past few weeks.  Once we got tot the top, we summited Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Ellen before starting a steep descent.  We had our first encounter with ladders.  With a 5 tiered section covering nearly 50 feet of close to vertical descent, I was forced to down climb, drop my pack, climb back up, grab Tennille's harness and carry her down each section.  Needless to say, the process was slow, but we made it down safely.  I met some day hikers who told me this is the roughest section of the entire Long Trail.  The pair were a very nice couple who, after hearing my story, wanted to take our picture, learn how to follow us on Facebook, and are planning to become Guide Dogs for the Blind donors.  I was very moved and grateful.  Speaking of Guide Dogs for the Blind and donating, there is still a small window of time to vote for Tennille to be a poster dog for the Guide Dogs for the Blind 2015 calendar.  Tennille would like to thank Taste of the Wild for her food, In Clover for her supplements, and Varsity Pets for her "drool fuel."  The combination is working really well.  Tomorrow we head to Highway 17 for a long resupply and heading over Camel's Hump, hopefully completing  the most difficult section of the Long Trail.  Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and all of your comments-- we really appreciate them.

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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:
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.
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