Blog: Hike4Hope

Hurricane Florence Update

"This week is a little stressful with the hurricane coming in. Parts of the trail are likely to close, and the rain and winds can be dangerous to walk in. We are taking a few days off at a hotel this weekend to wait out the storm. We will pray the hurricane does as little damage as possible to the Carolinas, and that we are able to stay safe.

Also, please pray for my hip. The past week, Trey has been carrying my water so that my pack is a little lighter to help with my hip. I'm not sure what's wrong with it, but I'm guessing it's overuse."

— Maddie

 

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We're Halfway There!

Trey and Maddie Cason have officially thru-hiked half of the Appalachian Trail! They're headed south toward Springer Mountain, Georgia, with 1090.5 miles remaining.

With donations from Hike4Hope supporters, Trey and Maddie have raised $6,716 so far, which will go toward Transformational Community Development (TCD) projects in Southeast Asia. Their goal is $219,000, so they still have a long way to go!

Give the Casons a boost of confidence by donating today!

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Boiling Springs, Boiling Sun

"Today we made it to Boiling Springs, PA and tomorrow we’re crossing the halfway mark! Holy cow, we are excited. We walked through fields most of the day, so we were glad it was flat, but it was hot in the sun! Drank tons of water!"

— Maddie

Trey and Maddie Cason are about to become long-term humanitarian aid workers for GHNI, but first, they're hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and support for GHNI. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved!

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Pennsylvania Rocks...Literally

"Our feet hurt and the rumor was true: Pennsylvania has the rocks!"

— Maddie

 

Trey and Maddie Cason are about to become long-term humanitarian aid workers for GHNI, but first, they're hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and support for GHNI. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved!

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1,000 Miles

"We made it to mile #1,000! Here's where we've been so far...

Maine: The views in Maine were so gorgeous! Rocks and roots everywhere. The views were well worth the tough climbs. Staying at Shaw’s hostel is one of our favorite memories because it was the first time we got showers, after nine days on the trail. Having the luxuries of running water and a soft bed felt so good after our first long stretch of hiking. 

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New Shoes

"Our old shoes lasted 817.4 miles! We picked up new ones in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. A huge thanks to Pearl Izumi and Brooks! I got the same shoes as before (Brooks Cascadia), but Trey's were discontinued, so now he is wearing Altra Lone Peak 3.5. We love our trail runners."

— Maddie

 

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Hike4Hope T-Shirts: Our Gift to You!

Our noble hikers are almost halfway through their journey, but they still need your help to reach their goal of raising funds for Global Hope Network International!

If you haven't donated yet, this is a great time to do it. As of September 1, anyone who donates at least 10 cents per mile ($219 total) will receive a free Hike4Hope T-shirt and a free pair of Knockaround sunglasses!

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Night at the Farm

"Mr. Jim lets thru-hikers sleep on his farm! He was a thru-hiker himself in the past. We spent the night and woke up to see deer grazing in the field. We also got to shower. 

We have almost finished New Jersey! 40% done. I've been sleeping without a sleeping pad for about a week, so I'm looking forward to getting a new one soon!"

— Maddie

 

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Snag Some New Shades

Trey and Maddie Cason are about to become long-term humanitarian aid workers for GHNI, but first, they're hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and support for GHNI. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved!

 

If you haven't yet donated to support the Hike4Hope, now would be a great time. We're giving away a free pair of Knockaround sunglasses to everyone who donates at least $10, while supplies last!

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Train Station

Trey and Maddie Cason are about to become long-term humanitarian aid workers for GHNI, but first, they're hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and support for GHNI. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved!

 

We found a train station that crosses the trail. You could take it in straight to Grand Central Station. Wishing we could stop to see our friends in Brooklyn, but we've got to hike on! Shoutout to our friends, Whitney and JR!

— Maddie

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