My book explains the physical challenges of myself, a retired US Army veteran, who teamed up with my friend, Tom Knoll, a retired US Marine veteran, to help raise a million dollars for our beloved charities.

I raised funds for these worthy endeavors by hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail that started in 1990 and finished in 2012. This book primarily describes the physical, mental and emotional challenges of hiking the three major National Scenic Trails listed above.

The reader will learn how persistence helped me achieve my goal despite extreme weather conditions, elevations as high as 14,494 feet, a hospital stay, many muscle strains, beginning with a 70 plus pound back pack, tragedy on the trail, and a death in his family. This is a book for serious hikers to make aware of many perils they too could encounter hiking these three National Scenic Trails, and other long distance trails.

Generous proceeds from the sale of my book will be donated to the

Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Sunshine Foundation.