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Girl Power! Three Courageous Ladies Take on a Section of the AT for a Worthy Cause
Published November 09, 2016SUWS of the Carolinas & Phoenix Outdoor
Category: The Lighter Side
On a warm Sunday, September 18th, SUWS Program Director, Alyson Smith-Davis, former Marketing Director for SUWS, Deara Ball, and Louise Slater, therapeutic consultant of the Price Group started at Fox Creek trailhead on the Appalachian Trail. The purpose of this week long hike was raising awareness and fundraising for the Sky's the Limit Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for families seeking wilderness therapy for their children. They covered a few miles that day before making camp. "As soon as we were done with dinner, the rain started and I knew it was going to be a great trip!" said Alyson Smith-Davis. A little rain could not keep these strong women down for long. They pushed ahead the next day and every day after.
Alyson went on to describe the week's events as follows: "We averaged around 9 miles each day with varied terrain. Sometimes we were crossing cow pastures, sometimes we were scrambling over rocks, and sometimes we were in a dense forest. It was all beautiful in its own way. We camped each night, got our water from creeks, and carried our homes on our back. It's truly freeing when you realize just how little you actually need. We arrived in Damascus [VA] on Friday, September 23rd and enjoyed our first meal back in civilization - big juicy cheeseburgers! As much as we were excited for a hot shower, our comfortable homes, and familiar faces, there was a bit of melancholy as we drove back to Asheville. Life was simple on the trail. The path was clear - even if a bit challenging. There was no option other than being mindful."
The final total of money raised for Sky's the Limit Fund was just over $14,000. All of this money will benefit those in need of wilderness therapy. Congratulations to Alyson, Deara and Louise!
SUWS of the Carolinas is a wilderness treatment program for students 10-17 years of age who are working through addiction, depression, developmental disorders and behavioral issues. Students work with a licensed clinician and experienced staff members in a supportive outdoor environment free from the stresses and distractions of everyday life. SUWS of the Carolinas operates within the Pisgah National Forest under permits issued by the United States Forest Service (USDA), and is subject to the USDA Civil Rights Non Discrimination Agreement (Form AD-475-C).