So much to say and so little time left to say it and do all the other junk I have to do to prepare last minute!!! I am only DAYS away from starting my 2014 thru-hike with my beagle, Scout. I’m almost totally packed out of my house and packed for the trail, and I’ve already started publishing articles as a blogger on Appalachian Trials. I also found out I was accepted as a gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine and received my first item in the mail a few days ago, a pretty green sleeping bag from RAB. I Can’t wait to try it out.

Here is my first gear review assignment! RAB Outdoor's lovely down bag!

Here is my first gear review assignment! RAB Outdoor’s lovely down bag!

Also, because my entry video had been accidentally sent to the SPAM folder for the Badger Sponsorship, Zach (Appalachian Trials author) being the wonderful person that he is told Larabar about the mix up, and WHALLAH! They send me loads of larabars and a good luck note! I’m so excited and impressed with the mass number of people who are behind me and who have been so supportive both with words and through donations and contributions to both my journey and to Team Reeve.


As I mentioned before, I plan to fund raise along my hike, but I never really said how. So it’s time for a drum roll, its time to get it out! We have come up with a means of fundraising for spinal cord injury research that is both practical and lightweight for backpacking. Scout and I will be selling stickers with the completed image below.


Stickers are 3×3 inches and are printed on vinyl material making them suitable for putting on any type of gear, car, water bottle or outdoor items. They feature Scout the adventure beagle and the Team Reeve logo, and will be for sale in person for $1 a piece, or $2 to have them mailed to you. All proceeds go to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. To place an order, you can either contact me directly, mail in donations to:

Team Reeve

Attn: Brittany Neal

2200 Lake Surrey Drive

N. Chesterfield VA 23235

Or make donations online/through your mobile device

Thank’s again for your support, and stay tuned for updates in the final hours before we set foot on the trail!!!

Happy Trails,


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