It’s been over two weeks since the #LHX2018 adventure and I have yet until now, to write about it. One might think it’s easy to gather all the thoughts generated from a five-day adventure and put them into writing, but it hasn’t been that easy. At times trying to put my thoughts together was like trying to herd a bunch of chickens. My mind was simply all over the place. I also held off from putting together this post to give those who were a part of the #LHX2018 team a chance to share their own thoughts and once I read them I knew the reason for my pause.
I’d have to say my favorite article written about #LHX2018 was done by Jenny The Trailhead. It’s longer than most blog posts these days but believe me when I tell you, her every word will capture your attention as she takes you on our adventure day by day. Right down to the littlest detail.
The second blog post written came from Adam Nutting of Epic Social. His approach takes you through the trail magic encounters we experienced while on and off the trail. The selfless volunteers who took time to give back to a team of backpackers whom they never met…until #LHX2018. This was Adam’s second year in a row at an #LHX event and I was more than thrilled to have him as a team member.
Then there is Dane Cramer’s latest video which was just released today called “Best Under Load.” As a friend and big supporter of HBF Outdoors, LLC., Dane has been a guide not only on the trail but off the trail in my life. This year Dane chose to undertake a new and much longer trek of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. He’s thru-hiked six times until #LHX2018 and now he was attempting to do a yo-yo. Complete the whole trail, join up with the #LHX2018 team, and then turn around and go back. His latest video gives you a visual glimpse of his journey as well as the #LHX2018 adventure.
The morning of day three I woke up with the sun rising and a beam of it’s light shining in my eyes. Everyone was still asleep as I made coffee and listened to the birds sing and the squirrels rustle through the leaves. As I gazed off into the woods it was then I began to think about what I would write once #LHX2018 was complete. That moment of contemplation was short lived as I thought about the day ahead and the fifteen plus miles we were about to tackle.
Now I sit here without a concern about what to say or how to put together my thoughts to share with you what #LHX2018 was all about. Because of every thought shared by my team members, they are exactly what has been on my mind since I stepped off the trail some two weeks ago. And they shared them so well.
I tend to surround myself with people who have a heart for others. And there is no question this year’s #LHX team have a heart for serving. I could write a book about each team member describing who they are and how they give back to the community without a second thought. Instead, I’ll let you find out for yourself as you read their stories and watch the video.
Adam says it best in his article; “The middle is where we met new friends and trail family members, experienced true compassion, and a love to help others from, and saw a tiny community of connected friends give to those they have never met.”
So while some might have been wondering where are the thoughts and words of the leader of this project I simply say this…a leader does not always have to speak when his team is trail family living the dirt life.
Thank you to all the #LHX2018 sponsors who supported the team and to everyone who has been involved since the beginning of the #LHX project. You’ve helped make a difference in the life’s of others through your continued support of Gear Forward. The reason #LHX was created. These past three years creating and coordinating the #LHX project have a been a blast and an encouragement. But the time has come for #LHX to end and to move onto a new adventure. Stay tuned.