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Friday, January 8, 2010

Sam Gardner to Take on NCT and More in 2011

Sam Gardner
Sam Gardner (photo from his web site)

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from The Initiative

Sam Gardner will begin what he is calling "The All-In Initiative" on January 1, 2011. His plan is to hike the four longest National Scenic Trails, back to back. He will begin with the North Country Trail, and is hiking east to west. He will hike unassisted, going ultra-light, planning to finish in 14 months. This will set a new record if he succeeds.

He will also be only the second person to thru-hike the NCT in winter. The first was Andy Skurka in 2004-2005. After completing the NCT, he will hike the Pacific Crest Trail south to north, then north to south on the Continental Divide Trail. From there he will head for the north end of the Appalachian Trail and walk it south to Georgia. Connections between the trails will be made via train.

Gardner has spent his life facing physical challenges. Presently he has nearly complete hearing loss, and could lose the remainder and the ability to balance at any time. He has decided that this means that he must seize the opportunity to take on as many adventures as he can while he still is able.

You can read more at his web site.

See The Initiative

1 comment:

Author & Adventurer Loreen Niewenhuis said...

The best of luck to him. Taking on just the NCT in one shot is impressive, but all four trails is unheard of.

-Loreen Niewenhuis.