Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Man Hikes Appalachian Trail to Raise Money for Haiti

February 16, 2011, 12:49 pm

Ever think about hiking the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail? Well, numerous hikers are now doing it for a good cause. Richie Tice set out on the 2,179 mile Appalachian Trail to raise money for Haiti. Tice completed the journey in six months, leaving Georgia in April and arriving in Maine in October. Tice traveled the trail with his dog, Stella.


While in the trail, Tice filled his senses with the simplest of pleasures: Warming his hands with the vapor billowing from a pot as he sipped his coffee, Stella's theater act to keep him from putting on her backpack, the hues of orange at sundown that return with a renewed spark at dawn, the stomp of every step. The panoramic vistas, the feeling of freedom that spurred him to close his eyes at a mountaintop and open his arms to feel the air in his face and amid his fingers. The harmony of the forest, the silence of the night.


"It's one of the easiest and hardest things I've ever done in my life," Tice said. "It was very simple because you wake up and what do you need to do? You need to find a water source, make sure you have enough food - and you walk. That's it. He spent less than $2,000 of his own money and raised $1,939.31 for Haiti.


Tice is still trying to collect money for the island through and is involved with Kleiwerks International, a nonprofit organization assisting onsite. He will travel to Haiti as soon as he can raise enough money to pay his way. Other hikers are also getting sponsors for their Appalachian Trail journeys while others elect to travel the Pacific Crest Trail.


To read more about Tice's journey, click here.