The Triple Crown (TC) includes the three longest trails in the United States: The Appalachian Trail (2,192 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2,653.1 miles), and the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles … Mileage is based upon data received from consultants and conservancy groups). Since 1994, the ALDHA-West has recognized less than 400 individuals as “Triple Crowners,” for completing each of these trails in their entirety. Of this small group of people, less than a dozen are reported to have completed them all in one year. To put in perspective the significance of this accomplishment, more people have been to the moon than completed the TC within in one calendar year. The best-case mileage goals were originally 252 days of hiking an average of 30 miles per day equaling 7,700 miles. Weather and other factors will likely result in “sectioning”, which is hiking areas of different trails until conditions improve on the original trail being hiked. The project will come in at under 365 days which creates greater safety and flexibility regarding daily mileage goals, pack weights, and the ability to participate in promotional events throughout the year.
There have been changes, challenges, twists and turns, but the project still moves forward. The grand finish on February 5th will be quite an event, and the press are waiting for this as well. Unfortunately, Mike’s injury is not healing enough for his continued direct participation with hiking just yet, but Mike will be hiking the finishing miles of the PCT and CDT in January and February, though. The Australian hiker WOW finished the northern PCT just ahead of his visa running out, and fortunately we still have our 5 alternate volunteer hikers well over the age of 55 who are finishing the final upper CDT sections and middle PCT sections right now. Unlike previous volunteers, these hikers are using journals, not trackers. There is an aversion to carrying any weight with many speed hikers and devote thru hikers. There is also the odd hiker who refuses to be “on display”, and these hikers seem to agree on that point, too. We have discovered that the older hikers have their own reasons for why they do what they do. Many are aligned with and like our cause, but none of them knew us…or Mike. The previous volunteers saw Mike on the AT, and picked up the responsibility of hiking for us and him out of comradeship born on-trail. The 5 current hikers, as I said, have their own causes. Our new hikers have set up their own supply drops prior to embarking on their respective hikes. These hikers also insisted upon some modicum of privacy, but DID volunteer to donate their collective miles and endorsement to the cause after they finish their hikes. They have all signed agreements with us and releases for sharing their information at the Finishing Event on February 5th 2020. We are planning several major events to promote the project in November, December, January and February for the finish. All events will now be in Arizona. More reports will follow weekly now that we are back on track. The greatest news is the newest member of our “Age Disrupting” mission. He is a 90 year old raw vegan name Dr. Fred Bisci. A documentary about him is being produced by GCHH here in Arizona and we are contracting Sneaky Big Studios to produce the film. Dr. Bisci is set for a 500 mile hike over 15 days on several east coast beaches from Cape Cod to Southern Florida. This is set to happen next spring following the finish of the Triple Crown Challenge. The project overview will be forwarded to you in a future email. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Obstacles just add to the drama of the story…We all have a great story and promotional opportunity to finish. Thanks again…
The Triple Crown event aka ‘I Hike With Mike’ is hosted and sponsored by GCHH. Our volunteer hikers will complete the Triple Crown Trail Project in one calendar year. The intention of this project is to involve as many 50+ year old individuals as possible in the support and successful completion of this mission. This project truly embodies the paradigm that age is just a number, and that aging can be just another part of the way we manage our health. One person hiking the Triple Crown can inspire thousands. A group of 50+ hikers and supporters coming together as a team of ‘Age Disrupters’ for the first ever Triple Crown Relay/Team Completion should inspire every person over 50 to become age disrupters themselves, and forever ‘Disrupt the Aging Models’”.
The entire vision of this project revolves around senior participation. It’s about creating greater awareness that age is only a number, and that number equals experience and talent across literally every career, skill-set or hobby. Many Hikers, Private Pilots, Drone Enthusiasts, Medical and other Professionals from every industry are 50+ years old. Our mission is to involve as many of them as possible to be a part of this adventure.
It is this projects intention to reach out to the local media in every community along all three of the trails. We believe that this is the best way to involve the community and give any prospective volunteers adequate time to prepare for the opportunity to hike along with Michael Fagan and possibly add any of their own stories, perspectives and video footage they may be willing to provide to this project during the hike. We are hoping for many 50+ year old participants, but all are welcome to hike along with Mike as far as they choose. After all, the trails are open to every American.
PRESS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS AND VOLUNTEERS…
Press Releases and requests for interviews will be handled by GCHH. Please contact Joe@gchh.org. If you are interested in volunteering in our event your help his greatly appreciated! Please fill out our online volunteer application by clicking here.