Hiking for a cause is something veteran 900-Miler hikers, Nancy “Seal Mom” East and Chris “Pacer” Ford are passionate about. This September, the friends are attempting to improve the fastest known times anyone has ever hiked all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The current record is 43 days (Benny Braden).
Tentative start date: Sept. 5th, 2020
Chris and Nancy hope to raise $60,000 for Friends of the Smokies to fund Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Search & Rescue Program Support. This allows the park to employ a seasonal ranger to oversee the new Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) program. The program also includes a coordinated PSAR volunteer program to provide information at various trailheads where we see a consistent number of search and rescues. The ranger and coordinated volunteers will provide valuable information to hikers about trail safety, trail difficulty, and educate hikers on proper preparation before beginning their hike.
To donate by check, mail your gift to Friends of the Smokies, PO Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764.
To donate by credit card over the phone or for more information, please call 800-845-5665.
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