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“Rise!”

Posted by scorpiomkm on December 13, 2008

Charlotte, N.C. ~ Cracked ribs made it hard to breathe. A chipped bone in his hip ached as he walked. And 60-mph winds stabbed at him like icy needles.
 
But at that moment, Trevor Thomas of Charlotte, N. C., could not imagine feeling better.
 
He was a third-of-a-mile from the rocky summit of Mount Katahdin, a granite giant that climbs skyward out of Maine’s 100 miles of wilderness.
 
The peak marked the end of a 2,175-mile journey, the completion of a through-hike on the Appalachian Trail. And for the first time in six months, Thomas knew for sure he was going to make it.
 
“Just keep moving,” he said to himself. “Whatever  you do, don’t stop.”
 
Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is an accomplishment few people can claim. This year, about 1,600 have tried and about 460 have finished.
 
Only one of them ~ Thomas ~ was blind.
 
 
       ~ Excerpt from the Article entitled “Hiker’s long journey out of the darkness  
           Published in “The San Francisco Chronicle” 12/12/08
 
 
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I look for Inspiration wherever I can find it. And on my train ride to work I saw this article about a young man age 39, diagnosed in 2004 with a disease that causes his immune system to attack the macula (the part of the eye that controls center vision), who Challenged Himself to embark on a 6 month walking trek that would include 14 states …. through rain, wind, cold, and spells of loneliness …. with the support and aid of fellow hikers and God.
 
What is it about the ‘Indomitable Human Spirit’ that can Rise above seemingly impossible odds and say, “Yes, I can!”
 
What is it about Faith, be it a faith in a Divine Being, or another person, or on a Promise that is fulfilled only when one acts on the absurd (ala the patriarch Abraham who was ‘willing’ to sacrifice his own son on an Order from God).
 
This man, Trevor Thomas ~ Blind, when a friend (an experienced hiker) who was to accompany him failed to show up at the starting point (Springer Mountain Georgia) it would have been easy for Trevor to say to his sister who had driven him 237 miles to the rendezvous point , “Oh, well: I tried.” But he didn’t.  Instead he convinced his sister to walk along with him a ways while they asked some hikers if he could follow them.  Twenty-three hikers came and went without any luck until finally they came across a young man willing to assist Trevor on the trail.
 
This lasted for about a week until Trevor’s companion had to move on. After all, the pace was slow and Trevor’s companion had the beginning of college to meet. But this trend of ‘picking up’ fellow hikers to lead the way for Trevor continued throughout the journey. Until finally Trevor reached Maine’s Mt. Katahdin on October 7, 2008.
 
After the Journey of nearly 3,000 miles ON FOOT, Trevor said the experience gave him a renewed Faith in Himself. But also because of the assistance of so many fellow hikers along the way ~ total strangers ~ his Faith in Mankind grew to know no bounds!
 
When people ask him why he hiked the mountains. After all he couldn’t actually ‘see’ the scenic vistas. Trevor says this:
 
What they don’t understand is, I appreciated the summits in my own way. I heard the snow crushed underfoot, felt the wind against my skin, felt the sun on my face and enjoyed the sheer silence of it all.” 
 
 
                     “Rise! Let Us Be On Our Way!”
 
   
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2 Responses to ““Rise!””

  1. Trevor Thomas said

    Hi. I am Trevor Thomas, the blind AT through-hiker. Thanks for posting my article on your blog. I would love to have a copy of the article posted in the San Francisco Chronicle for my file, but have been unable to pull it up online. I was unaware they had picked it up. Can you help? I’m glad you found my story to be inspirational. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Trevor Thomas, aka Zero/Zero

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