30/09/2017 at 12:00 pm Appalachian Trail, USA

Bear Essentials Appalachian Trail Trek

Bear Essentials Fundraising Trek

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In September 2016, SAVE members, Daryl Wilson and Lee Baird, completed a 10 day/160km Section Hike on a part of the Appalachian Trail that runs through Shenandoah National Park, an area that is reported to have the highest density of Black Bears in the world.

This year, Daryl and Lee will be joined by fellow hiking buddy, Zeke Carrillo on a 8 day/160km Section Hike that has them starting where they finished last year in Front Royal/Warren County, heading north and crossing 2 state lines from Virginia through Maryland and into Pennsylvania.  Their adventure starts on 11th September 2017.

They will endure a challenging setion between Front Royal and Harper’s Ferry often referred to as the dreaded ‘Roller Coaster’, a hilly sequence of climbs and descents and while this section of the Applalachian Trail is not as heavily populated with Black Bears as the previous section through Shenandoah National Park, the men will still need to be ‘Bear aware’.

Funds raised from their hike will be used for vital and essential living expenses at the Uthando House centre for abused and orphaned children in South Africa.  This centre can be home to up to 30 children at any given time and they receive limited funding for the everyday living necessities that we take for granted.

All donations to SAVE Projects inc. are tax-deductible.

Child victims of Human Trafficking or abuse are regularly placed at the Uthando House Centre by police and social workers until their abusers are found, prosecuted and they have made court appearances.  If possible, social workers will do their best to find the children’s families, but even if successful, there is still a long process of investigation to ensure it is safe for the child to return home.  In some cases, it is not safe for the children to return home or there is just no family to be found.

The centre is also home to children who have been orphaned, there may be no living family to take them in, or sadly some extended families refuse to take them and they have nowhere else to go.

SAVE Projects inc. have helped Uthando House since 2014 with many initiatives improving the lives and futures for these vulnerable children.

Click here to read Daryl and Lee’s 2016 trail reports

About the Appalachian Trail

It was the book (then movie) written by Bill Bryson – ‘A walk in the Wild’ that first introduced Daryl to the Appalachian Trail and the enjoyment of hiking.  The enthusiasm soon caught on and a regular hiking group was started with friends.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T) spans fourteen U.S. states during its journey that is 2,189 miles (3,523km) long, including Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.  It begins at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains, crossing many of its highest peaks and running with only a few exceptions almost continuously through wilderness before ending at Mount Katahdin, Maine.

Completing the entire 2,189 miles (3,523km) of the Appalachian Trail in one trip is a mammoth undertaking.    A typical ‘thru-hiker takes 5 to 7 months to hike the entire A.T, a demanding endeavour which requires not only rigorous physical preparation but also a strong mental attitude.  Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike, only about one in four makes it all the way.

But thru hiking isn’t the only way, many opt to do the Appalachian Trail in Section Hikes, small chunks of the Appalachian Trail at a time.  Section hiking allows you to pick when and where you hike and doesn’t mean you are leaving your friends and family for months at a time.


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