September 24 -I Made It

Today was a perfect day to summit Katahdin. More details tomorrow but I am officially a Thru-Hiker!!!!!


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66 thoughts on “September 24 -I Made It

  1. Kurtz

    So proud of you, my friend!

  2. You are amazing! I am so thrilled for you. Incredible. Great job, Dave!

  3. dan

    Dave – you are my HERO !! We are so very proud of you and are humbled to know you personally. GOD is good – what a blessing you are. F

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. dan

    … That “F” was for Fantastic. Can’t wait to see you in person.

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Sharon Raby

    Super proud of your accomplishment!

  6. Justin Whitaker


  7. Dave – It was great fun following you. Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing with me in Front Royal.


    • Bruce – what a great experience. I would love to chat again. The hike was truly transforming. Thank you for being one of my trail angels!!!!!!

  8. esther keith

    Congratulations! =)

  9. Congratulations!Way to go! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 I’ve been subscribed to your blog since you got into NC! Such an inspiration!

  10. Congratulations! What an amazing journey that we are so thankful you have shared! So very happy for you!

  11. Congratulations!!!

  12. Nina

    Congratulations!!!! Praise God for His faithfulness!!!!

  13. janloyd

    Hallelujah! What an accomplishment…by God’s grace & your perseverance. So thrilled for you, Dave! Rejoicing with you! J&J

  14. Congratulations! God is Good!

  15. Kevin Chandler

    Dave…. Congratulations!!!! I am very happy for you and proud of your efforts. You make us old guys look good. 🙂

    • Kevin – thank you so much for following and commenting on the blog during my hike. Your encouragements have blessed my heart.

  16. Misty Keener

    You are truly amazing, Mr. Rough! This is such an outstanding accomplishment but I’m so glad to know you will be headed home soon. Blessings to you as you integrate back into your life again.

  17. jim

    congratulations!!! fond memories…these will last you a life time…you will go to bed thinking of them and dreaming you are still on the trail…enjoy them…

    • Jim – I have been hiking the trail in my dreams for several weeks now. I am ready to be HOME and reflect on the trail from a distance.

  18. Mark & Helen

    Congratulations, Dave! We’ve been blessed seeing your posts and praying for you.

  19. katjandu

    Awesome job Dave. A perfect jubilant photo too! Congratulations to you. You took so many others along on your journey; I think that is a record too. Praising God for your success!

  20. Bud Nelson

    Amazed at your adventure.
    Amazed at your persistence.
    Amazed at your Faith to carry you through.
    The Lord is truly Amazing.

  21. Way to go Dr D

  22. Dave, you’re an inspiration! Way to go!

  23. So excited for you. Congratulations!

  24. Congrats!!!!! I can scarcely imagine the amount of dedication and hard work that you needed to achieve your goal, you’ve done something both wonderful and amazing. Now enjoy lots of real food and comfy chairs!

    Mike and Troop 48

    • Mike and Troop 48 – it was incredible to see you on the trail. I am so glad that I was able to make it to the end – one of your picks finished the trail 🙂

  25. Reblogged this on South Jersey Trails and commented:
    Back in March, I blabbered on about backpacking and the Appalachian Trail and some thru-hikers I’d be following virtually this season. Today, one of them summited Katahdin. HUGE congrats to Dr. Dave on achieving his dream of doing the whole AT!

  26. Ben

    Yes!!! So awesome, Dad. We are incredibly proud of you and can’t wait to see you. Please go eat two pizzas and a half gallon of ice-cream.

  27. Carolyn Pummill

    Yay ,Dr.D!! You Made it!!!! We are so proud of you and have been following your blog on the smart board during devotions. Go have a good meal. You deserve it! We recommend Golden Coral!!
    Blessings, Mrs. Pummill’s homeroom

    • Carolyn – thanks so much for bringing my hike into your classroom. I so appreciate the support and prayers of your students. Maybe I can come visit your class sometime soon.

  28. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  29. Mitch

    It has been a part of my routine to check on you. It has been a good summer. I will come and see your presentation. Let us know when, now get back to work. : ) (humor) Part of the DCS family.

  30. Beast of Burden

    Outstanding !!!!! I will give you some time to rest and then will give you a call. Congratulations……..

  31. Katie Lawrence

    Congratulations! It’s been so fun to follow your journey here. Looking forward to having you back. 🙂

  32. Whooooo-hooo! Holy hoppin’ hamsters you did it!

  33. Rick Allnutt (Risk)

    Hearty congratulations! What an accomplishment. I have enjoyed reading your adventures for the last weeks.

  34. Patti Roberts

    What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations! Now, time to give those feet a rest for an hour or two.

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