Monday, August 27, 2012

To Katahdin and Beyond

Day 169 (8/27) - Katahdin (5.1 mi)
Today was the second greatest day in my life, right after my wedding day. Words cannot express the emotions of today. I will be processing it for days to come. All I can say is that it was as perfect as perfect could be. Katahdin was challenging, but was the epic ending to an extraordinary adventure. I got up it in 3.5 hours. Afterwards, I spent an hour with 15 other thru hikers just soaking in victory. The climb down was even harder, but just as rewarding. I try to be witty in my writing, but I struggle to find just a few words to describe today. Just know that there is nothing large enough to contain the joy that is overflowing from me at this moment.

To all of you who have been following this adventure- thank you so much. Your support has meant more to me than you will ever know. I am not done with this blog yet, though. As I process through all that I have experienced, I will share on here; plus i have a ton of pictures to post. Who knows, maybe the next adventure might be to write a book about it.

One final thought before I put my phone down and party with my fellow hiker trash- the only way I was able to hike all this distance is because I try to be a guy who loves God. He has blessed me so much to the point that I can't help but want to do things for Him and the people He loves. He loves all of us and He loves people in Africa who are dying daily because of preventable diseases. That is why I walked, so women and children wouldn't have to walk miles for dirty disease water. I walked so they might experience some of the joy and blessings that I have gotten to. I got to combine two passions into an incredible, life changing adventure. Please consider continuing this adventure by giving just a few bucks to Active Water. You can click on the support tab on this page and it will direct you to where you need to go.

Until next time...


  1. Congrats Brian! I have followed your journey from the beginning, ever since you you shined your headlamp on your junk, giving everyone a story to tell (and giving yourself a great trail name!). Thank you for sharing your day-by-day thoughts on this journey. Thanks for raising money for a good cause. Thanks for your Christian witness. And yes, you should write a book! The world of self-publishing makes book writing possible for just about everybody. If you write a book, I will buy one...or maybe two! :-)

    Blessings to you on the next leg of your journey.

  2. Proud of you bro!!! I shared your story with all my youth kids on Sunday...they were amazed! Keep up the good work have been an inspiration!!!

  3. Carp it's been great following your trip from the very beginning until now. There is no ands, ifs, or buts, a book regarding your journey is something you def need to do. Congratulations for finishing your journey and allowing us all to tag along for the ride

  4. You shone your headlamp on your junk? In front of people? I guess the trail life makes one lose their inhibitions. Now I want to know your trail name resulting from that experience. The story just gets better. Well congratulations. I was making announcements at Starbucks about when I guessed you were at the top. I certainly want to know what comes next!