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Northbound for Nesters

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BENEFITING: EAGLES NEST FOUNDATION INCORPORATED

EVENT DATE: Nov 09, 2015

Andrew Nelson

THE STORY:

Hey there! Welcome to Northbound for Nesters. My name is Andrew Nelson and, as of September 18th, I am now an official Appalachian Trail thru-hiker of the 2015 season (Woohoo!).

An AT hike has the potential to be a deeply personal, possibly spiritual journey for people. I want both of those, but I also wanted some greater good to come out of the hike when I decided to untertake it. I took about a month off from the AT this summer to lead a youth outdoor trip for teenagers on a 100-mile portion of the AT in Virginia. The trip was conducted through Hante Adventures, a youth outdoor program that is under the umbrella of the non-profit Eagle's Nest Foundation.

As a veteran of Hante Adventures on both the participant and instructor sides, I have witnessed first-hand the power of wilderness immersion and small community development in changing the lives of teens in incredibly positive ways. The pride and confidence that can come from realizing one's own self-sufficiency in challenging contexts is truly something to behold in youth who may otherwise have remained unaware of their abilities. This is the greater good that I would like to come out of my personal hike.

Eagle's Nest Foundation facilitates scholarship for prospective campers and Hante participants who would otherwise be fincancially limited in their abilities to participate. I set a goal for myself to raise enough money to sponsor one Hante participant for the summer of 2016 by the time I reached Katahdin in Maine. Though self-imposed, I have learned firsthand that the experience of a long-distance hiker is riddled with hurdles both literal and figurative, big and small, physical and mental, spiritual and emotional. I knew I could quit at any time. Nobody was keeping my out there. The empowerment grew from learning how to confront whatever was making me uncomfortable, unhappy, miserable, and then coming out the other side more in tune with my own mind and more confident in my own abilities. My hope is that my efforts in moving over the hurdles can inspire you to help somebody else- somebody who will otherwise never have the opportunity- transcend their normal lives to realize their potential when faced with challenges and the option to quit.

Here's where you come in. I'd like to request your monetary contributions to enable this unsuspecting teenager (because they totally don't know what's about to happen in their life). This platform only allows for flat donations, but I'd also like to throw in the idea of "by the mile" contributions where you donate based on individual miles hiked (i.e. $.01/mile would come to $21.89). In hindsight, this option often played a significant role in keeping me going when morale was waning. Just one more mile meant a little bit more in helping me reach my goal.

I want to give thanks in advance to all you great people out there who will work with me to make this happen. I believe in the power of a close, supportive community as well as the power of the woods as a positive influence, so thank you for helping me share these beliefs with others. 

You can check out some of my AT highlights on Instagram (@northbound_n_down) if you'd like to get an idea of the kind of experience that you are helping to ensure for someone. It was truly an impactful and life-altering experience for me that was undoubtedly for the better. It was that rare kind of experience that you feel urgently compelled to share with others. Inspiring and helping a teenager to get out and do it is one of the best ways in which I can imagine doing so.

Thank you!

Andrew Nelson, trail-name "Patches"

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To This Fundraiser

$1,860

MONEY RAISED
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  • Andrew Nelson

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Rich and Cissy Byrd

    $100

  • Sav King

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • melinda Langston

    $50

  • The LeToones

    $50

  • Paige and Andy Lester-Niles

    $200

  • Heston/Parsons fam

    $50

  • Becca Spiegel

    $25

  • Dirt

    $50

  • Finn Lester-Niles

    $15

  • Jacob Goodling

    $25

  • josh harris

    $10

  • Andrew (Sunshine) Muhn

    $10

  • Lisa, Mark, Lucy Meyer-Braun

    $40

  • Barley

    $50

  • Rufus Dickerson

    $20

  • the Howicks

    $50

  • Anita Mitchell & Kelly Ockwell

    $35

  • Allison Fuster

     

  • Sarah Mackey

    $25

  • Pitty Pat

    $50

  • Lanier Olsson

    $25

  • Carly

    $25

  • Courtney Farrell

    $50

  • Emily Lloyd

     

  • JFlo

    $30

  • Anraya Palmer

    $25

  • Alicia Queen

    $30

  • Amy Salley

    $10

  • Meredith Leahy

    $20

  • Madison Smith

    $20

  • Maddy Frey

    $20

  • Dorsey Norwood

    $50

  • Yellow Bird

    $40

  • Savannah King

    $20

  • Carolyn Daniel

    $10

  • Coach Boyle

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Nancy Spencer

     

  • Kevin and Julee

     

  • Julia Fuster

    $75

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53% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,860 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Andrew Nelson

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53% Raised of $3,500 Goal

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Donor Comments

Julia Fuster

Julia Fuster

DONATION: $75

You did it. I'm so proud and in awe. and thank you for helping others have these same transformative, outdoor experiences. You are great. 2 years ago

Kevin and Julee

Kevin and Julee

For Presus and in tribute to Yellow Bird - you both are inspiring 2 years ago

Nancy Spencer

Nancy Spencer

In honor of Liz Snyder. So proud of her journey over the past months 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Coach Boyle

Coach Boyle

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Carolyn Daniel

Carolyn Daniel

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Savannah King

Savannah King

DONATION: $20

You go, man. I'll say this is in memory of my Uncle David, who always was up for an adventure and whose 'hike of life' ended devastatingly earlier than we all wanted last week. You did an incredible thing Andrew and I hope to hear about it more some day. 2 years ago

Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird

DONATION: $40

2 years ago

Dorsey Norwood

Dorsey Norwood

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Maddy Frey

Maddy Frey

DONATION: $20

2 years ago