Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 6

Hikers and Other Animals The Appalachian Trail often brings to mind bears. I have seen three bears, singly, on my walk, all in Shenandoah National Park. Each one seemed vaguely put out coming across me in their patch, and they all moved off, albeit one with a little huffing and puffing. I’ve also come across...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Half Way

Half Way Point! Mile 1,096 Mike reached the half way point of his walk on 23 June and has therefore set himself up to be able to finish in good time before winter sets in and closes the Trail. To celebrate this achievement, a couple who have Zimbabwean connections contacted him through Facebook and offered...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 5

Mike recently took a few days R&R to dry out and have a bit of respite! He took the opportunity of calling in to see how things are going and something he said has fixed itself in our minds: “Often while I am walking I find myself thinking especially about the elderly in Zimbabwe and...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog Extra

You Are What You Eat Imagine a doctor prescribing all the foods you should avoid lest you end up with premature maladies of the cardiovascular system: Trail nutrition means cramming as much of those foods as you possibly can into your belly. And when that’s full, carry on cramming up to your neck, your cheeks,...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 4

Everyone knows that walking scores of miles day after day will take a toll on your body. Unlike a day’s outing, or even a section hike, a through hike requires special appreciation for the long-term. Hiking for a few days, you can afford to use up some of your body’s reserves. The same can be...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 2

I’m learning a lot about ‘bear-bagging.’ The park services strongly encourage hikers to hang their food and other odoriferous things (like wet socks for instance!) by the “PCT method,” to stop animals associating campsites with food. To do this, one must first throw a line with a weighted bag over a branch at least 20...
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Mike Hikes The Appalachian Trail For ZANE – Blog 1

I’ve just finished day 5, and everything is going well. I’ve made excellent progress and feet seem to be holding up fine. My first three nights were rain, snow and 20F / -6C temps!! But I’m buoyant and feeling exhilarated by all the changing scenery and the feeling of making progress! Unfortunately the cold messed...
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Zimbabwean Farmers – Nothing To Go Back To

Having read Cathy’s newsletter last week, ZANE approached her and asked whether we could post it on our Facebook page – she has kindly agreed to this. We think it is important for us to do this because the people she refers to in the letter are the very people who ZANE has been looking...
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Medical Assistance for Homeless Zimbabwean – Update

Many of you will have been following the story of Mary* over the last few months and wondering how she is doing after being admitted to a local frail care hospital with two broken arms. We have such GOOD NEWS to tell – a wonderfully generous donor in Australia has come forward and offered to...
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