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The Challenge

In March 2012, Bruce and Paula will set off from Springer Mountain, Georgia and head north, hiking the Appalachian Trail all the way to its end at Mt. Katadhin, Maine.  That’s 2,181 miles and it will take six months to complete!  They will encounter rain, snow, heat, bugs, more snow, more rain, discouragement, loneliness, and […]

Get to Know UIF

The foundation we’re supporting through our hike is the Urban Impact Foundation.  They have a program called Options that helps inner city youth get into one of five options when they graduate from high school – college, tech school, job, ministry, or the military.  This is so important because the too often, the streets pull […]

One Story

Meet Twayne “Jeff” Steele, Anthony “Tone” Brown, Antwan “Boochie” Adams, and Daryl “Boo-Man” Harrington.  All four of these young men graduated high school, but only one was on any kind of track toward college.  A couple of these young men had been members of gangs but were trying to get out.  They all were desperately […]

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From the Blog

Aug
30
Posted by bruce on August 30th, 2012 at 6:07 am

Hi everyone. Here are photos and videos from our last leg of the trail. It also includes photos of my haircut by Dean Panizzi of Dean of Shadyside. Dean is a personal friend and runs an impressive hair salon in Shadyside.

Aug
10
Posted by bruce on August 10th, 2012 at 10:34 am

By God’s grace and tender mercies, we just summited Mount Katahdin at 9:42 this morning. We are exhilarated! It rained all night, but we had clear weather this morning. Coming up the mountain, we got into a fog bank, and we’re at the top of the mountain in that fog bank right now. Mount Katahdin […]

Aug
03
Posted by bruce on August 3rd, 2012 at 1:56 pm

We made it to Monoson, ME! Tomorrow we enter the 100-mile wilderness for six days and come through it at the base of Mt. Katahdin to summit on August 10 (assuming good weather, good health, and all that stuff). This last stretch from Stratton, ME to Monson, ME has been our favorite. We climbed the […]

Jul
30
Posted by bruce on July 30th, 2012 at 8:50 am

We’re back on the trail. We’re feeling a lot better, and we were able to get in some pretty good miles, so we appreciate everyone’s prayers. We’re in Stratton, Maine—the 1,996-mile mark. Tomorrow we’ll cross over 2,000 miles! We’ve got to get to 2,184, so it looks like we’ll be done around August 10 or […]

Jul
24
Posted by bruce on July 24th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

We’re still in Andover, ME at the Pine Ellis Hostel. Yesterday, we decided to slackpack ten miles (carry only the necessities of the day because a shuttle would pick us up at the end of the day and we would return to the hostel.) Six miles into our hike, I started getting diareaha. We descended […]

Jul
22
Posted by bruce on July 22nd, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Just when I thought we had made it through the rough stuff we had to endure several more days that made the previous days seem like a cake walk in comparison. Apparently, we were not through the Whites as I boasted in our last blog. I learned that we had to scratch our way through […]

Jul
17
Posted by bruce on July 17th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

We made it through the Whites! We’re in Gorham, NH resting in a hostel to beat some nasty thunderstorms coming through today and tonight. In the last week, we’ve climbed and clawed our way through the White Mountains of NH. We’ve endured our most difficult days of hiking so far. Yesterday, we summitted Mt. Washington […]

Jul
12
Posted by bruce on July 12th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

We’re well into the heart of New Hampshire. We just summited Mount Moosilauke, which is a 4,800-footer. It’s been a long time since we’ve summited a good-sized mountain; I think this is the first 4,000-footer we’ve done since Mount Rogers in Virginia. We’ve been enjoying the crystal-clear, blue sky and beautiful weather. A high pressure […]

Jul
07
Posted by bruce on July 7th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

We’re in New Hampshire! We arrived in Hanover last evening. We’re at the 1,742-mile mark. We have 442 miles to go—fewer than 500 miles! This is where the effort gets really, really difficult. There’s a saying that when you get to Hanover, New Hampshire, you’ve completed 80 percent of the miles but only 20 percent […]