Starting on the 17th of March 2012, I will be walking/trekking/hiking the entire length of the Appalachian trail. For those of you who don't know the Appalachian trail is a hiking trail that runs the entire length of the Appalachian Mountain range, from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia to Mt. Katardan in Central Maine, essentially the entire length of the Eastern sea board of the United States. An estimated 2,175 mile trek.
I also would like to raise some money whilst doing this for the GVI charitable Trust. I have worked with this charity in the past and truely believe in what they do. The charity operates in many countries, combating poverty, lacking educatuion and disaster relief. A good example of their work is what I saw them doing first-hand in ecuador. Raising money to provide educational supplies to combat illerateracy, teach english and science in the local schools of isolated communities in eastern ecuador. This is a genuinely good cause that I think deserves alittle bit of support that it didnt ask for to help it do the encredible job that it does. Which is why Im asking for a small donation to sponsor me to do this hike.
This would be a challenge for anyone to accomplish the 10% who set out every year who actually achieve the feat take on adverage 4-5 months to complete this. I will not set a target time as such but I have a deadline of the 15th of october (roughly 7 months) to accomplish this. I will be carrying everything to survive in the wilderness for this time period, so that is with a pack of approximatley 35-40 pounds (17.5-20 kgs) the whole time. With the exception of stopping approximatley every 5-10 days to stock up of food and other essentials I will be living and sleeping in tents/shelters along the trail the entire time.