Proving his point

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2011 - 10:47 AM

Blind hiker Mike Hanson demonstrated grit and independence on the Appalachian Trail -- and earned a CEO position as a result.

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amazingmanFeb. 1, 11 8:27 PM

Thank god he didn't run into any of those "country" banjo players.

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merkinFeb. 1, 11 9:17 PM

So let me see if I get this straight: Mike went to Brazil to meet his girlfriend? I'm sorry, but I can't see the phrase "Appalachian Trail" without thinking about Governor Sanford.

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amercasaFeb. 2, 11 2:14 AM

incredible. Walking the trail was my childhood dream. now at 55 i have talked myself out of it saying i am way too old. Now I read this. A blind man?? My god, how to I talk myself out of it now?? Fantastic job Mr. Hanson. Good luck with the biz venture.

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ApplMuffnFeb. 2, 11 5:48 AM

What a wonderful and inspiring way to start my day -- I wish you a future of even bigger adventures Mr. Hanson -- perhaps, after your book comes out, no one will ever feel limited again -- the world and all that it has to offer is for the taking by ALL!

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stavisFeb. 2, 11 9:21 AM

Congratulations, Mr. Hanson! My husband and I are backpackers (we dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail as soon as we win the lottery) and we both felt sure that you would see Mount Katahdin sooner rather than later. For those who don't know how challenging this trail is, a huge percentage of hikers drop out within the first 50 miles!

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wrongwayFeb. 2, 1110:11 AM

Mike Hanson, sir, you are a great man.

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stavisFeb. 2, 1111:06 AM

Amercasa, don't let yourself think you're too old! The days of a 60-lb pack are over. Lightweight backpacking now makes it much easier to get to a full pack weight of 35 lbs - or less - without breaking the bank. There's a huge amount of information online that you can access without even spending money on a book (although I highly recommend The Backpacker's Handbook by Chris Townsend). If you are located in MN, the Superior Hiking Trail is a fantastic way to try backpacking. They space campsites every 3-8 miles along so it's easy to set your own pace. I love camping with no one around for miles, knowing that I hiked there with everything I needed on my back!

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