'Everything ... but the view’

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2010 - 6:37 AM

Blind since birth, a St. Louis Park man is hitting the Appalachian Trail with GPS technology and a shot at making history.

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MellersFeb. 25, 10 8:41 PM

I've read some amazing adventures people have had on the Appalachian Trail. You remind me of the ads I've seen for a local hospital: "Pity is 100% curable." Way to go!

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MellersFeb. 25, 10 8:42 PM

I don't have a lot of spare change, but I'd be willing to donate a small amount. Where can I donate?

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mr_jason_kFeb. 25, 10 8:54 PM

http://www.hansonatcampaign.com/support.html is the link to donate to Mike's trip.

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tdp1968Feb. 25, 1010:33 PM

GPS is great, but what happens in the shadow of the mountain when the GPS signal gets lost? Cell phone? Great, until you lose the tower. Not to mention that all this technology relies on batteries which have been known to fail. I believe that those that are blind are as smart as anyone, but trying this trek by GPS alone will be very dangerous. I have travelled on portions of the AT in N.C. & Virginia and it can be quite the ordeal. I pray for his safety, but also think that he should be realistic.

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MellersFeb. 25, 1010:55 PM

I tried to click on the flier hoping for a paypal donation page or something similar and didn't get anything. I felt hesitant to donate to the organization connected to "helping those with diabilities", because I didn't know if Mike would directly benefit. I'm surprised there isn't something more direct for me and others to donate to.

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MellersFeb. 25, 1010:58 PM

The filming crew will be with him and has vowed to not let him fall into harm. I believe Mike's done this for an element of safety, in addition to filming the experience. I look forward to watching this documentary once it's complete! (which means I trust that he's going to make it through the trail successfully).

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carreratimFeb. 26, 10 5:39 AM

My roommate in college did this walk. He was sighted and said it was very tough. Go get em' Mike

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XiotisFeb. 26, 10 7:00 AM

I hiked and camped along parts of this trail in New York State as a teenager, very beautiful and very challenging. Having the crew along is smart, I don't think he should rely solely on technology

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mannyheadFeb. 26, 10 7:55 AM

Elliptical machine at the gym next to this gentleman yesterday. He was on a stepper and had the pack on. I had no idea. Way to go!

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ELYMANFeb. 26, 10 8:10 AM

Right along Blue Ridge parkway. Beautiful. But he;'s not going to make it without a human guide, Even for a sighted person, there are too many rocks, trail twists, elevation changes and branches to navigate that do not show up on a cell phone. The other part is, many want to hike the trail, and few make it. See Bill Bryson's Book "Walk in the Woods."

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