The Long Trail Day 19 : Tracking Zero and Tennille
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Tracking Zero and Tennille 2015

The Long Trail Day 19

by cyberhiker01 on 06/24/14

(Please accept apologies from my Webmaster-- she didn't know the blogs weren't going through. I'll start with Day 19  and try to backtrack as I am able.)
Day 19: woke up to one of the best campsites we have had thus far.  I had coffee in a rock chair made by a trail maintainer.  It was wonderful!  Packed up and left the shelter, went 25 years, and ran into more ladders.  That set the tone for the day.  The steep descent was slow & methodical, but both Tennille and I made it to the Appalachian Gap unscathed.   We met Kathryn, who took us into town for resupply.  We had lunch in a movie theater (popular in VT) and got fueled up and headed back to the trail.  Thanks again, Kathryn.  The second half of the day started with a slight climb to Molly's Ridge and a very strenuous descent, which to a blind person and a Guide dog, was much like the descent into Hell in Dante's Inferno.  When we finally reached the bottom, we were very thankful.  Following that, the trail was quite mucky all the way to our campsite.
  After tomorrow, we will have less than 100 mile to go.  Special thanks to the gang at Katadyn Water Filters and Purifiers.  Thus far, I couldn't be happier with my Hiker Pro.  My TiLite stove  is working great.  A big thank you to George and the folks at Cliff.  The Builder Bars, Mojo Bars, and Shots are keeping me going throughout the dayWe heard the weather report-- they are actually expecting what VT calls "sunny" days through Monday-- we couldn't be happier.

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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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