Leaf cutter ants going to town on the #transpanamatrail #seanbeoutside #caminandopanama
And let's not forget that my tropical hiking buddy Sean is out there crushing huge miles on the #appalachiantrail trying to set a fastest known time for an unsupported hike up AND back down the AT. Woah... talk about pushing limits.
If you're feeling inspired donate a couple bucks do he has some extra cash to buy a hot meal when he passes through a town.
10 months after finishing the #transpanamatrail I'm finally getting around to compiling all the GPS data from our hike. A couple of people have reached out to express their interest in attempting a 2019 thru hike. oooooo it would be a dream come true to pass the baton. Stay tuned for updates as I get all the data together.
I want to give a shout out to #caminandopanama for the continued technical support and encouragement.
And another shout out to #canopycampdarien where I currently manage a birding eco lodge and have grear facilities to continue working on my trail project.
Finally got a chance to see the @northwindprintco headquarters and get our hands dirty OFF of the #transpanamatrail and inside the workshop. Amazing to see the professionalism and care Steve puts into his craft. Again, huge thanks for hand printing every TransPanama Trail t-shirt voluntarily. Stay tuned for out next collaborative project in 2018, Dos Aguas.
The last few weeks have allowed me a lot of contemplation and peace as I rest up post #transpanamatrail hike. It's incredible how stepping onto the trail and 'away' from society has only strengthened my relationships with friends and family. I can't thank everyone enough. Look at all these smiling faces! If anyone still wants to snag a TransPanama Trail shirt, Steve of @northwindprintco will continue selling them. Just go to www.thetranspanamatrail.com and click on the shirt.
Thank you Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association for having us at your annual gathering and allowing us to share the #transpanamatrail adventure with the hiking community. We had a great time sitting in on other presentations and appreciate the hard work you all are doing to keep the hiking spirit alive and well. I look forward to becoming more involved and using the knowledge and experience that ALDHA has to help move the TransPanama Trail into the long distance hiking arena! Also, we ran into Jim who I met on my AT through hike in 2010. What a treat!
With our success on the #transpanamatrail we decided to attempt the four state challenge on the Appalachian Trail where you walk 47 miles in 24 hours and step in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Well, we gave it our all but came up short 7 miles and one state. Either way we had a hell of a journey with an all night full moon hike, a group of white tail deer, several snakes, turtles, and frogs, beaaautiful weather AND the coolest thing of all, a chance to chat with some south bound through hikers. Now it's nap time.
If no one continues to hike the #transpanamatrail it will merely remain a loose network of paths without a greater cause. Help make this young trail intobsomething to be proud of. Let's keep using and supporting this vision! If you have the experience required to safely complete a through hike of this proportion through a foreign jungle, I invite you to step into this land I love so much and see what wisdom her people will share with you.
Casi no lo puedo creat pero llegamos. Hay muchas personas hay que agradecer que no aparecen en el video: -Todos que donaron a la campana de gofundme
-Rick Morales y Segundo Sugastide @jungletreks -MariaElena de Cuerpo de Paz por ser nuestra ángel de seguridad -Steve de @northwindprintco por hacer el logo tipo y todos los suéteres -Mi familia gringa
-Mi familia panameña de Las Minas
-La mama de Sean que nos mandaba muchas galletas
-Todos los guías que nos apoyaban
-Todos ustedes que nos siguieron por las redes sociales y nos daban ánimo cuando lo necesitábamos mas
There are soooo many people to thank for making our #transpanamatrail hike a success. Here are just a handful not mentioned in the video: -Everyone who donated to the gofundme campaign -Steve of @northwindprintco who made the logo and all the shirts, donating his time -Rick Morales and Segundo Sugasti of @jungletreks for being the current voice and experts on the trail, ultimately making this hike possible
-MariaElena from the Peace Corps who volunteered in her free time to be our security advisor and point woman in the #dariengap -Jose and Norberto, our guides in the Darien Gap
-Sean's momma for sending us gluten free cookies
-Momma, Poppa and Sister Byers who believed in the mission since day one, flew me home when grandpa passed and who experiences the trail live and direct in all its glory when big foot byers came down to hike
-My family in Las Minas who was always checking in and were the first to make the TransPanama shirts hip
-The Appalachian Trail for blazing the path for an adventure like this one
-MiAmbiente, Panama's environmental ministry
-Everyone who followed on social media and sent us kind words of encouragement when we needed them the most
One of the most rewarding parts of the #transpanamatrail through hike was giving educational talks to students in communities on the path. Talking about conservation is one thing, but going out on an adventure and getting to know her intimately will open your mind and heart to completely new forms of thinking about environmental conservation. If I could take all of these kiddos on camping trips I'd do it in a heartbeat. I at least hope that by speaking and sharing with them our journey, they will jump at the chance to go camping or hiking if the chance ever arrives. In the end we were able to teach give 11 educational talks to about 400 students. The lesson focused on trails as a tool for conservation and sharing the logistics and stories from our TransPanama hike.
Well... if you can't get a little weird after spending 3 months walking through the jungle, when can ya?? Thanks to these amazing friends of ours we had the bestest of best photo finishes ever. Ribbons, champagne, gomets, piñata... que mas uno quiere?? #transpanamatrail @elissadickson @northwindprintco @nickolasderstine @lechucadelmarCledis
Ves, que fate que en el último día de la caminata nos topamos con este señor de 98 años diciéndonos que si queremos lograr tener salud a esa edad uno tiene que caminar mucho y comer sano... y claro. Que somos sino maquinas hecho por dios. Echale combustible sano y úsala! Al solo escuchar el consejo de este señor ya sé que la caminata valió la pena y que dios nos mandó una señal de aprobación. #transpanamatrail
Mudslide of epic proportions on the #transpanamatrail
Family meal with the best trailfood discovered on the #transpanamatrail (besides Gomets of course). Tasajo! As preferred by our guides from the #dariengap Remember, as wisely spoken by @elissadickson it's always tasabros before tasajos!
What a JOY to share the #transpanamatrail with this vibrant soul who always brings fresh perspective and life to the moments others pass by. @elissadickson
This ancient pathway holds the secrets of mountain folk in Bocas who for generations have traveled days to reach civilization. This path, no longer in use, ushered horse, cattle and families to 'civilization.' With each step the path sunk through the spongy tropical soil until what remains is this carved out canyon, a reminder of the way life used to be before we carved large and wide roads to bring in our 500 horse powered machines. Well, this path remains and for those wish to explore what secrets she holds. #transpanamatrail
¡Guaaaooo¡ If you're looking for a secluded jungle escape the #transpanamatrail is NOT the place for you. Here is only a snippet of the amazing folks who helped us along our journey. A roof over our heads, a cup of coffee, or even the most common response to our journey, "esta leeeeeeejos" which, in time, we took as encouraging words of endearment. So many #trailangels you'll have to brush their wings aside like big plantain leaves in the jungle.
Nunca se acaban los colaboradores del #transpanamatrail chuso! Bueno... nos encontramos en Jurutungo, el ultimo poblado antes de la frontero y final del sendero. Ya llegaron unos compañeros gringos para caminar el último día y con esta cabaña tenemos el perfecto lugar para pasarla bien.
There's a couple signs out there... although none, not a single one of them say #transpanamatrail ! So you could get lost.