The Appalachian Trail
The Douma Family is serving in Unionville, NY along the Appalachian Trail.
The approximate length of the Appalachian Trail in miles. The distance changes year to year, based on trail modifications such as switchbacks and reroutes.
The number of states the AT crosses.
From south to north: 1. Georgia 2. North Carolina 3. Tennessee 4. Virginia 5. West Virginia 6. Maryland 7. Pennsylvania 8. New Jersey 9. New York 10. Connecticut 11. Massachusetts 12. Vermont 13. New Hampshire 14. Maine.
The percentage of the trail that has been relocated or rebuilt since its creation.
The number of pairs of shoes most thru-hikers go through. In general, if you can get 500 miles out of your footwear, you're doing well.
The percent of thru-hikers who attempt the traditional northbound route. The vast majority of those who attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike begin at Springer Mountain, Georgia and hike north to Mount Katahdin, Maine.
The number of shelters on or along the trail. The AT is lined with more than 250 three-walled structures which serve as refuges for hikers, which is approximately one shelter every 8 miles.
The percent increase in 2,000 milers over the last century.
Except where noted, information taken from www.rei.com.
The Douma Family
Doug Douma (trailname: Banzai) is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, and Sangre de Cristo Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Bible Presbyterian Church and author of The Presbyterian Philosopher – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark. Also in 2016, Doug was joined in ministry by his wife, Priscilla (trailname: Hot Drinks). Priscilla became a registered nurse in 2012, has worked in various nursing jobs, and served overseas among orphans. Her love of people and giving care to those around her fits perfectly with the mission of Sola.
Doug completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2013 and 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. While in seminary studying for the ministry, Doug developed the idea for a ministry to hikers on the Appalachian Trail, which became Sola—Appalachian Christian Retreat.
Please pray for the Douma family and Sola—Appalachian Christian Retreat.
Thanking God for:
- An elder from a nearby church who donated his time to do free electrical work at our house.
- The great hospitality we’re receiving from the Hollander family during our visit to Western Reformed Seminary for me to audit a course.
- The repairs that have been completed at the church: the front steps and the church bell that is again “ding-ing” every hour!
- The great support of our donors at the end of 2019.
Please Pray for:
- Our off-season renovations progress well before hiker visitors come in the Spring.
- Me, that I have good success leading a new members class at church.
- January travel mercies as we visit WRS, Olympia BPC, Tacoma BPC, and Bonner’s Ferry BPC.
- God to grant us good commitment as we and our church set out to read the entire Bible this year per Dr. Battle’s plan.
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Camel Up: Drinking as much water as possible at a water source.
Cowboy Coffee: Mixing water with unfiltered coffee grounds.
Section Hiker: Someone who hikes the Appalachian Trial in sections over a longer period of time as opposed to one continuous thru-hike.
Thru Hiker: Someone who hikes the Trail in one continuous run or within a one-year time frame.
Trail Name: Name a hiker goes by on the Trail. A sort of 'alter-ego'. Almost all hikers go by a trail name.
Work for Stay: Instead of paying for a room, at select hostels and huts, many hikers choose to work or volunteer for a few hours.
Zero Day: A lazy and luxurious day of hiking zero miles.
Adapted from www.greenbelly.co