Two New Hampshire girls hike the 500-mile Camino de Santiago to raise money for women around the world.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I'm now 42 years old, Alex is about to turn 10, Christmas and New Year's are coming, and the world did not end on the 21st.

Life is good.

I'm taking a break from blogging and fundraising until the New Year -- time to hibernate a bit and enjoy the holidays with my loved ones.

We'll be back the first week of January with 4K trip reports, more gear choices, and fundraising updates.

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!  And don't forget -- you still have time to make a 2012 tax-deductible contribution to GirlVentures and/or Global Fund for Women!

Peace on Earth and good will to men, women, and children.

Monday, December 17, 2012


I've received quite a few emails with questions about our upcoming hike.

For those interested in facts and details regarding the Camino de Santiago itself -- visit this excellent site.

As for questions regarding Hugh, the girls, and goes.

Why the Camino?

We saw this movie.

Why hike for charity?

We're fortunate to be able to go on this hike, so why not do whatever we can to help others while we're at it?  It's important to be of use in life.

Will the girls be okay hiking day after day after day?

I think so.  Alex and Sage are hardy, experienced hikers who routinely handle steep mountain trails in all kinds of weather.  They love getting out there and they are both looking forward to hiking in another country.  That being said, we have not hiked day after day after day before.  The most we've done is two days in a row...usually, we do a ginormous hike and then rest for a few days. 

We are used to rougher terrain and harsher weather than we'll likely experience on the Camino.  However, I do not underestimate our upcoming adventure.  Our plan is to take it day by day once we're out there.  If we feel we're doing too much too soon, then we'll slow down.  Flexibility is key.  If we need to take extra rest days here and there, then we will.

How will Hugh handle the Camino?

We don't know.  He will not be with us all the time, but when he is with us, he will do what he can to hike.  He'll rent a bicycle if walking day after day after day becomes too painful.  Worst comes to worst, he'll take buses/cabs and meet us each evening in the next town.  Again, flexibility is key.

Do you speak Spanish?

Alex has just reached an intermediate level and I'm at an advanced intermediate level.  Sage speaks a bit of Mandarin, and Hugh doesn't speak anything but English.  Alex and I will help Hugh and Sage in terms of communicating and getting around.

How do you have the time/money to do this?

We are a homeschooling family and thus have a lot of flexibility in terms of our schedule.  As for money -- we live very frugally on a day-to-day basis.  We don't subscribe to cable television, the girls don't have electronic games, we buy our clothing at discount stores (except for our hiking gear), etc.  I budget our daily lives very tightly so we can afford to travel.  When we do travel, we camp as often as possible.  During this trip, we plan to stay in public albergues.  We'll also do a lot of grocery shopping as opposed to constantly eating out.

What about the girls' education/schoolwork?

The Camino itself will be educational.  I am not lugging all our homeschooling materials in my backpack.  We will, however, probably do some math every day just to keep the girls' skills up.

What about your dog/cats/house?

We have an excellent pet/housesitter.

Pre-Camino Hiking. Doublehead, Squam, and Percival.

Congratulations once again to the winners of Saturday's raffle.  This morning, I made a donation to GirlVentures in the amount of $1141.00 (the amount of money raised from the raffle).  Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes or bought tickets! 

I'm past due posting the trip report from our last hike...I'll take care of that now.  Later this evening, I'll post the previously-promised FAQ.


Last Thursday, the girls and I brought our dog on his last mountain hike of 2012.  Our border terrier, Max, loves to hike, but he's not a fan of deep snow, frigid temperatures, or ice.  The White Mountains will soon be covered in all of the above, so this was Max's last chance to experience "views from the top" until we return from the Camino in spring 2013.

Trail and mountains:  Crawford-Ridgepole Trail over Doublehead Mountain, Squam Mountain, and Mt. Percival.  Out-and-back, about 9 miles.  Not sure of the total elevation gain...just under 3000 feet, perhaps.

The trail quickly rises.  Much of the elevation is gained right off the bat.

Fun ledges...

Once the initial climb is conquered, the trail meanders through the woods...

...goes over the (viewless) summit of Doublehead, and reaches the intersection with Doublehead Trail.

We took a break at this juncture.  Sage noted our location on the map before we continued on our way...

Onward, to Mt. Squam...

View from the ridge...

Max looking stately...


 More ridge views...

Frozen pond....

Approaching Squam's summit...

From Squam to Percival, it was more of the same...woods, boulders, and a few ledges. 

Percival's summit is gorgeous.  Fantastic views of the Squam Lake area.

Sage by the summit cairn...

Alex on the summit...

 This was a pleasant excursion -- it was the last one that didn't include microspikes, balaclavas, and snowshoes.  From December 22 on, it's winter 4K time.  The girls and I will hike winter 4Ks until we leave for Spain; ascending the 4000-Footers in the snow, ice, and frigid temps will keep us in shape and, hopefully, make our first couple of Camino days feel relatively simple.

The girls will miss Max's company during the winter hikes (and the Camino).  However, it's best if we leave him at home.  Max has made his dislike for snow obvious, and we've no desire to torture him.  :)

Next up, later today....those FAQ.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Raffle Drawing Today!

We're off to draw ten lucky stubs.

I'll post the winning numbers by 5pm.

Total amount this raffle has raised as of 12:22 pm today -- $1141.00


Grand Prize: $500 cash -- WINNING NUMBER: 0287
**One-night stay for two at the Henry Whipple House Bed and Breakfast  WINNING NUMBER: 1008
**Mt. Washington Observatory one-year family membership  WINNING NUMBER: 0288
**Mt. Washington Observatory one-year family membership (another one!)  WINNING NUMBER: 0148
** $25 Gift Certificate, Mountain Wanderer Map and Book StoreWINNING NUMBER: 0041
**An autographed copy of my book, Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure  WINNING NUMBER: 0273
**An autographed copy of Erin McKittrick's  A Long Trek Home: 4000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski  WINNING NUMBER: 0633
**DVD copy of Erin McKittrick's award-winning film, Journey on the Wild Coast.  WINNING NUMBER: 0785
**Christmas tree from Moultonborough's Aubuchon Hardware.  Fraser fir of your choice, valued up to $60.  WINNING NUMBER: 0007
**Monarch butterfly photograph print, matted, Clay Dingman Photography .  Value $75.  WINNING NUMBER: 0705


All the folks with winning numbers have now been contacted via voice message or private message/email. 

THANK YOU for supporting our raffle! 

On Monday morning (12-17-2012), I will donate $1141.00 (amount of $ raised by the raffle) to GirlVentures.

Friday, December 14, 2012

What a horrific day.  As the mother of two young children, I can't begin to imagine the agony those Connecticut families must be going through.  I'm not sure what the answer is in terms of preventing tragedies like this from ever happening again, but I hope our nation can at least find a way to keep guns out of the hands of unstable and irresponsible people.  That would be a start.

Posting pictures from our recent hike seems like a trivial thing to do right now.  I think I'll write up the proper trip report late tomorrow evening, after I've posted the winning raffle numbers.  Ditto with the FAQ.  Today's events were tragic, and I simply don't feel right posting trivia, photos, and/or Camino plans tonight.  My thoughts are with the mothers of those murdered young children.  Everything else feels unimportant.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Busy day today!  We ascended three small mountains, homeschooled (spelling, chemistry, math, handwriting, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin), and cleaned an entire floor of our house.  We're not usually this productive -- not by a long shot -- so I'm a bit amazed at ourselves right now, lol.

Tomorrow, I'll post the photos from today's hike.  The day after that (Saturday), we draw the winning raffle stubs!  Good times.

Hard to believe that three months from now, we'll be on the Camino!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fundraising, Part One -- Success!

Our raffle has now raised over $1000!  The drawing is this Saturday at 1pm at The Stix in Campton.  You don't have to be there to win, but if you're in the southern Whites and want to eat some seriously good food, then come on by and watch me draw the winning stubs.

Total donations to date:

GirlVentures (including the money I'll donate from the raffle): $1260.00
Global Fund for Women (straight donations through this website): $955.00

That brings us to a total of $2215.00 for both charities.  We've managed to raise 22.15% of our total fundraising goal ($10,000) in just over five weeks!  Since we've still three months to go before we leave for Spain, I'm optimistic about raising at least 50-70% of that ten grand before we set off on our big adventure. 

To all who have donated -- THANK YOU!!

To those who haven't yet contributed -- please take a look at the tabs above and donate whatever you can to one or both of these fine organizations.

Coming later this week -- another training hike...and FAQ of a personal nature.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Second 4K Hike with Full Camino Packs. Galehead, Dec. 6, 2012

A note on bedbug prevention -- I hear the albergues in Spain sometimes play host to bedbugs. Folks on this Camino forum recommend spraying clothing and sleeping bags with permethrin. I have bought Sawyer's Premium Insect Repellent and will treat our clothing, bags, and backpacks a few days before we leave for Spain.

As promised, here are the photos from yesterday's hike. We ascended Galehead Mountain, one of New Hampshire's highest peaks. This was Alex's third visit and Sage's second visit to Galehead (both girls have hiked all 48 of New Hampshire's highest mountains -- see our main blog, Trish, Alex and Sage, for details).  

We enjoyed a crisp and beautiful day; I'll let the pictures tell the story.

View from the porch at Galehead Hut (closed for the season) --

Galehead Hut (closed for the season) --

Galehead Mountain from Galehead Hut --

Summit of Galehead --

South Twin from the lookout ledge near the summit of Galehead --

Back at the hut --

We made decent time -- 10.2 icy mountain miles (2450 feet of elevation gain) in seven and a half hours (including breaks) carrying full Camino backpacks. 

Tomorrow, Sage and I are going shopping for a lightweight kid's pack.  Sage doesn't mind the pack she's been wearing, but that one is heavier than it needs to be and it doesn't have a waist belt.  I'm sure we can find something lighter and more appropriate for multi-day trekking.  I want the girls to be as comfy as possible during our Camino.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We had a great "4K" hike today; we re-visited Galehead Mountain, one of New Hampshire's 48 highest peaks.  Both Alex and Sage have hiked all 48 peaks at least once (Alex is halfway through a third round) -- but their old packs were small and light.  Now, they get to haul "Camino" packs all over the Whites as we train for our upcoming Camino de Santiago adventure!

I'll have a full trip report late tomorrow evening (as well as a few words about bedbug prevention).  In the meantime, here are a few photos from today's excursion.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fundraising update

Less than two weeks to go before our raffle drawing!

So far, the raffle has raised almost $800.  That's pretty good, considering I'm obeying the law to a "T."  I see a lot of New Hampshire-based raffles going on all around me that are not taking into account state and federal laws...and they're making a ton of money...but I will stay the ethical course.  :)  We still have almost two weeks before the drawing, so I'm optimistic about the chances of this raffle raising over $1000.

The $800 + (hopefully $1000 +) will go to GirlVentures.  Donations to Global Fund for Women currently equal about $700.  We hope to raise at least $2500 for both organizations before we leave for the Camino in March 2013.

Ticket selling is actually fun.  The girls and I enjoy sitting at a table and talking to whoever comes our way.  The sales themselves are easy -- there's no guesswork involved.  If someone approaches and looks interested, then they buy.  If they walk quickly past our table, then it's obvious they don't want to be bothered.  I don't believe in hollering after anyone ("Want to buy a ticket??") -- 'cause let's face it, that's obnoxious.  So we sit and smile and wait for folks to come to us.  Maybe we'd sell more tickets if we were more aggressive...but in-your-face tactics don't suit us well.  We're the kinder, gentler fundraisers.

Last week, I promised news about preparing for'll have to come this week.  On Friday evening, to be exact.

The girls and I are back to all-day, 4K hiking this Thursday.  I'll have pictures late Thursday evening.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

More roadwalk training, gear notes, and additional challenges

The girls and I usually do "big hikes" on Thursdays.  Meaning, we're typically on the trail at dawn and back at the house after dark, and we generally cover 10-15 mountain miles (3300+ ft of elevation gain).

Today was an exception; we had evening plans and therefore needed to do something less time-consuming.  We therefore hiked 10 quick road miles -- road miles are much easier than mountain miles (less elevation gain, smoother walking surface, etc.).  We were out the door at 8am and back before noon.   

Scenes from our meandering:

Gear notes:

The girls still say their backpacks feel fine, but I still say I'm getting them lighter ones before we leave for the Camino.

We've made progress in gear selection.  For base layers, we'll continue to use Polarmax.  The girls have been wearing them for four years and they work, so why switch now?  We're bringing our Sorels as our main winter/wet hiking boots.  We may regret that decision at some point...these Sorels keep our feet warm down to -40 degrees, so they might be too much for what we need.  Plus, they're heavy.  However, it will still be winter when we arrive and we will hike over a few mountains.  The girls feel quite comfortable in these boots and the material is bombproof.  We'll also bring hiking sandals (brand not yet chosen) so we have something to change into if/when it gets too warm for the Sorels.

I'll create a "gear list" tab at the top of this site next week.  By the way, we're not sponsored by anyone, so if I say something works for us, it's because it really works for us (and not because I'm getting free gear or $ just to say it works for us).  :)

Additional challenges:

I'm on blood thinners.  I'll most likely be on blood thinners for life.  I'll explain why in another post.  For now, let's just say that it's important I not take a serious fall.  I did so tonight...silly household accident, I tripped over I-don't-know-what while carrying laundry...and now my leg is swelling up.  Our evening plans went out the window, which was very disappointing (I have to stay home and elevate the leg). 

If I fall on the Camino, then we'll have to hang about in whatever town we're in for an extra day or two until I'm good to go.  I can tell you right now that we won't come back to the States until we reach Santiago...but if I take a fall while we're out there, then our journey will take a bit longer than expected.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Giving Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

It's Giving Tuesday!  We're walking 500 miles -- can you donate 500 cents?  We'll meet our fundraising goal within a few short weeks if everyone who visits this page contributes $5.00 to GirlVentures and/or Global Fund for Women.  Click here to donate.

Ticket, anyone?  Photo by Sage.

We've two and a half weeks before the raffle drawing.  I'm pleased to say that we've sold over 400 tickets thus far.  Since we still have seven more venues on our ticket-selling schedule, I'm optimistic about our chances of bringing in over a thousand dollars.  That money will go to GirlVentures, which will give that half of our fundraising campaign a nice bump; I'd love to begin our Camino with a significant portion of the fundraising already behind us.

By mid-December, we'll probably have raised at least $1100 for GirlVentures (amount from the raffle included) and more than $500 for Global Fund for Women.  I'll post the exact numbers for both organizations after the raffle is over (December 15).

 Remember -- 500 cents from every visitor would allow us to reach our goal ($5000 for each charity) long before we even set foot on the Camino.  If you've already donated, thank you!!  If you haven't, then please visit this page, choose a charity, and donate while you can still write it off on this year's tax return!  :)

Coming soon...base layers, bedbugs, and planes/trains/automobiles.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kearsarge North Video, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Support girls!  Donate to GirlVentures and/or Global Fund for Women!  If you're in New Hampshire, then you can also participate in our raffle.

Happy Almost-Thanksgiving!

We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday.  We'll be back next week; in the meantime, here's a video of last Thursday's hike up Kearsarge North.

Coming next week -- gear selection, bedbug prevention, and more hikes!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kearsarge North

Raffle tickets are now available at the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.  Don't want to buy a ticket?  You can support our cause in other ways -- donate directly to Global Fund for Women and/or GirlVentures in honor of GIRLS ON THE WAY.


The girls and I hiked Kearsarge North today.  It was a moderate hike by White Mountain standards -- just 6.2 miles roundtrip with only 2600 feet of elevation gain -- but it gave us a bit of everything in terms of New Hampshire terrain.  Again, the girls carried "Camino packs," and again, both fared well under the additional weight.  I'll have a full trip report early next week.

Typical White Mountain trail

This weekend, I hope to buy both girls the base layers and socks they'll need for the Camino.  I think they're set with waterproof layers, hats, and gloves.  Fleece and shoes/boots will have to wait until a month before we leave (if I buy those items too early, then the girls might grow out of them before they're needed).  Would still like to get the girls ultra-light backpacks, but those'll have to wait...I can't buy everything we need at once (my last name isn't Rockefeller).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First Four Thousand Footer with Fully Loaded Camino Packs

Want to show your support?  Donate to GirlVentures and/or Global Fund for Women in honor of Girls on the Way!

The girls and I accompanied two of our friends on their final 52 With a View hike last Sunday.  After reaching the top of Starr King, we decided to continue and get nearby Mt. Waumbek as well.  Both girls have ascended all 48 of New Hampshire's highest mountains (Alex is now on her third round of these "4Ks"), but, until Sunday, they'd never ascended a 4K carrying everything they'd need for an accidental night out.  My pack, on the other hand, felt wonderfully's nice to finally be able to transfer some of the kids' gear into their own packs!

The hike went well.  Alex and Sage said they could feel the extra weight, but they didn't complain of aches or pains.  Their pace was only a bit slower than usual and they seemed like their usual happy selves throughout the ascent.

You can read the full trip report on my main blog (click here)Since the focus of that hike was to celebrate Dan and Janelle's final 52 With a View peak, I feel the report should go there instead of here (where the focus is on our Camino preparations).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Our First Fourteen Mile Road Walk

If you're a New Hampshire resident, then participate in our raffle!  We have almost $1000 in cool prizes lined here for details.

Instead of ascending a mountain yesterday, the girls and I took to our local streets and did two seven-mile loop hikes close to our home.  Both girls carried fully loaded backpacks that weighed more or less the same as the loaded backpacks we'll take on the Camino (we have not yet settled on specific Camino backpacks or brands of gear).  During our hike, it snowed, rained, and hailed.  In other words, we experienced typical New England weather.

Ready to roll

Catching snowflakes with our faces

The girls and I are used to hiking 10-18 miles at a time over mountains.  That feels natural to us, and our muscles have adapted to that kind of exertion.  Road walking is very different.  There are no rocks or roots to deal with, and the elevation gain isn't as severe.  We definitely moved faster on the road than we do on the trails -- it took us only six hours to hike the fourteen miles yesterday, and we were walking at a very casual pace.  However, our feet and calves were quite sore at the end of the day; hard asphalt and concrete are unkind to legs!  We'll have to make sure we stretch from time to time during our next long-distance road walk.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Choosing Our Stones for La Cruz de Ferro

NH residents -- participate in our raffle!  $500 cash prize and lots of other cool items!  Click here for details.

We're about to head out for a 15 mile hike.  Instead of ascending a peak, however, we'll walk over hills and small roads.  We're hiking mountains on two other days this week, so I thought we'd do a more casual (albeit long) walk closer to towns and shops this morning.   This will be the first time both Alex and Sage will carry the same weight they'll carry on the Camino.

A few days ago, we chose our stones for La Cruz de Ferro.  La Cruz de Ferro is an iron cross located on the Camino Frances between the towns of Foncebadón and Manjarín.  Pilgrims leave a stone from their hometown at the foot of the cross.

Why do pilgrims leave a stone at La Cruz de Ferro?  The girls and I explain the reasoning in the video below.

Off we go now!  Time to shoulder our packs and enjoy the fresh air.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


We're holding a raffle to kick off our fundraising campaign! 

Tickets are $1.00 each.

The drawing will be held at The Stix in Campton, NH on December 15, 2012 at 1pm.  You do NOT need to attend the drawing; I'll notify you if you win, and I'll post the winning numbers on this website.


Grand Prize: $500 cash

Other Great Prizes:

**One-night stay for two at the Henry Whipple House Bed and Breakfast

**Mt. Washington Observatory one-year family membership

**Mt. Washington Observatory one-year family membership (another one!)

** $25 Gift Certificate, Mountain Wanderer Map and Book Store.

**An autographed copy of my book, Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure

**An autographed copy of Erin McKittrick's  A Long Trek Home: 4000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski

**DVD copy of Erin McKittrick's award-winning film, Journey on the Wild Coast

**Christmas tree from Moultonborough's Aubuchon Hardware.  Fraser fir of your choice, valued up to $60.

**Monarch butterfly photograph print, matted, Clay Dingman Photography .  Value $75.


You must be at least 16 years old.

If you're under the age of 18, then you must have the permission of your parent/guardian.

You must be 18 years of age or older to stay at the Henry Whipple House B&B.  If a person younger than 18 wins this prize, then they can either a) give the B&B gift certificate to the adult of their choosing or b) accept an autographed copy of my book, Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure instead.  If the person chooses the book, then I will draw another ticket for the B&B stay.

How To Get Tickets

Send an email to if you would like to buy tickets.
New Hampsire residents only, please. 

We are now finished selling tickets at fairs, grocery stores, and other establishments. 

Many thanks to:

Angels & Trinkets Holiday Fair (Nashua)
Auchubon Hardware Store (Moultonborough) 
Beyond the Bean Bakery (Plymouth)
Lahouts (Lincoln)
Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center (North Conway)
Shaws Supermarket (Littleton)

These fine establishments helped us raise close to $1000 in raffle ticket sales and donations.  We are much obliged!

***Permit for this raffle was granted by the Campton, NH Board of Selectmen on November 5, 2012.***

Monday, November 5, 2012

Let the Camino Training Commence

Our training plan for our 500-mile Camino hike is fairly straightforward.  We'll do a "big" mountain hike (at least 10 miles) once a week, just like we always do (see our main blog for past hikes and trip reports).  In addition, the girls will take turns going with me on "short" hikes (less than 10 miles) on Saturdays.  The Saturday hikes will give me an opportunity to test new gear or routines with the girls.

Last Saturday, Sage and I hiked up Black Mountain in Benton, NH.  For the first time, Sage wore a backpack loaded with everything she'd need for an overnight, minus a tent.  Up until this point, I've carried most of the load for both girls during our adventures.  Now, however, they're ready to shoulder their own stuff.

That being said, it's important they carry as little weight as possible on the Camino...lighter loads mean happier hikers and healthier backs and feet.  Therefore, the girls and I will bring only the bare essentials.  Though Sage's pack looks huge, it only weighs 6 pounds (not including water).

The hike went well, as you can see from the video below.  Black Mountain via Chippewa Trail is about 5 miles roundtrip with 1600 feet of elevation gain.

Good times.

Regarding the backpack's weight: Sage felt comfortable during the hike, but I think I need to buy her a different backpack.  The one she wore on Saturday is too big; the contents, when packed down, fill only half the space.  We can probably find a children's backpack that's lighter and smaller, yet still holds all that Sage needs to carry.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Important Note About "In Honor Of"

Several people have told me they've donated to GirlVentures and/or Global Fund for Women...but they forgot to put "GIRLS ON THE WAY" in the "In Honor Of" section of the online forms.  Typing "GIRLS ON THE WAY" is important; the organizations can then easily see how much money is coming in because of us, and they can report back to me accordingly.  If you don't type "GIRLS ON THE WAY" in the "In Honor Of" section, then there's no way for me to keep track of our fundraising efforts.

Thank you so much for donating.  The nonprofits are getting financial support and that's all that really matters in the grand scheme of things.  However, I would love to know how we're doing.

If you've donated because of us but didn't type "GIRLS ON THE WAY" in the "In Honor Of" section, would you mind doing me a favor?  Send me an email at and let me know the amount you donated and which organization you supported.  This way, I can keep an informal tally on my end while GirlVentures and Global Fund for Women keep track of "In Honor of" donations on their end (I won't publicize your name, email address, or how much you donated). 

Thank you for your support!


Pre-Camino Interviews with Alex and Sage

I asked the girls to express their thoughts about hiking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago; I told them to say whatever came to mind.

Sage talks about our upcoming Camino hike.

Alex talks about our upcoming Camino hike.

Don't forget, we're hiking to raise awareness for two important female-empowering organizations -- so please donate whatever you can spare to Global Fund for Women and/or GirlVentures.  See "How You Can Donate" at the top of the page.  To those who have already contributed -- thank you!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Please donate what you can to Global Fund for Women and/or GirlVentures.  Suggested contribution is $50, but any amount will help.  See "How You Can Donate" for details.


Me, Alex, Sage, and Hugh in Rocky Mountain National Park.  August 2012

How will Hugh see his children while they're walking The Way?  When his work schedule allows, Hugh will fly out and hike with us.  Though he won't be with us during our entire Camino, he does have every intention of walking the last 100 kilometers (62 miles) so he can receive his Compostela.  The Compostela is the certification of completion given to Camino pilgrims when they arrive at Santiago.  One must walk the final 100 kilometers (or bike the final 200 kilometers) to qualify for the Compostela.

For those of you not familiar with Hugh Herr, it's important to note that he's a bilateral amputee.  His lack of human legs doesn't keep him from being one of the best climbers in the country, though. 

That being said, I'm not sure how Hugh's going to handle the day-after-day grind of the Camino.  I'm worried there will be times when his stumps ache or bleed.  However, Hugh's an inventor and a leading scientist in the field of biomechatronics, so I trust he'll be able to invent/construct something that will help him handle The Way.