FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday October 28, 2013
Posted By Craig Stein - Media Director
Hawkeye Completes The 440 Mile Fundraising Hike
Last Spring, nobody could have imagined this expedition length project would span 127 days from it's beginning on July 6 to the finish on October 27. With delays due to injury, weather, and scheduling the 2013 GoHawkeye Trek Across Colorado saw the seasons change from Summer to Fall and then to Winter. Hawkeye traversed the width of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from the start of the Colorado Trail in Denver to his home in Telluride. This goal driven adventure was designed to bring awareness for access to the back country for those with disabilities. Additionally, this long distance hike was a fund raising effort to benefit the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.
The entire hike has been documented by the GoHawkeyeTV crew and editing of the second half of the action is in the works. A varied collection of Hawkeye's friends, who live with disabilities, joined him on sections of this trek. Each webisode features a different adventure Hawkeye experienced with these friends who have overcome their physical barriers to get into the outdoors to recreate. Check out all the great stories HERE!
The wild backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains along the continental divide made for amazing motion pictures. It was impossible to shoot on location and not capture this fantasy-like characteristic we are so spoiled with here in the West. The diversity of terrain and climate is truly featured in these producitons. GoHawkeye needs your help to complete the post production of the remaining webisodes of the 2013 hike. Don't let these stories go untold.
The 2013 GoHawkeye Trek Across Colorado
In this episode Hawkeye has come home to recover at world headquarters in Telluride, Colorado following his bike crash and injury. Hawkeye describes how his injuries are not only physical but mental as well as he deals with the reality of being forced off the trail on the GoHawkeye Trek Across Colorado. Episode 3, "The Trail Never Ends", highlights the recovery regimen Hawkeye must endure for weeks before he can return to the trail. Plenty of trout fishing porn and beautiful imagery to keep your eyes on the screen for this 10 minute segment. This hike by adventurer and fundraiser Hawkeye Johnson benefits the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. Please make a donation today to support better lifestyles for persons with disabilities.
The Trail Has Answers
In this episode Hawkeye and blind hiker Kevin Foster summit the highest point in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Elbert.
After a great week of hiking and climbing, Hawkeye returns to the trail solo at the end of this episode only to encounter a trip halting accident.
Filmed in the stunning Colorado Rocky Mountains along the Colorado Trail. The GoHawkeye Trek Across Colorado fundraiser benefits The Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.
The Trail Has Answers
Part one of Episode two, "The Trail Has Answers." Hawkeye's return to the trail near Bailey, Colorado after the Ride festival in Telluride. He solo hikes this wilderness section of the trail in the GoHawkeye Trek Across Colorado enroute to Copper Mountain and hook up with visually impaired hiker Kevin Foster. Hawkeye and Kevin hike for a week together after which they summit the two highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert.
This Is How We Go!
The 2013 GOHAWKEYE Trek Across Colorado launched from Denver on July 6. Steve Ackerman who lives in a wheelchair joined Hawkeye on portions of the first three trail sections using an off-road hand cycle. Steve has hand cycled around the world and is extremely talented riding trails. Some parts of the Colorado Trail's sections 1 and 2 are not suited for a hand cycle and Steve was shuttled to the segments he could ride. Hawkeye biked the entire way and Steve joined him for the full day on section 3.
Episode 1, "This Is How We Go" tells the story of their adventure on the beautiful Colorado Trail with the Rocky Mountain terrain serving as backdrop to the action.
Walk On Hawkeye!
This short film tells the story of accessibility and finding personal freedom from physical barriers through the mountain bike, the trail, and the river. Even without fully functioning legs, the fluid motion of the hand cycle combined with the trail and meandering trout stream create a deep sense of rhythm.
Jake is an outdoor enthusiast, and in a wheelchair. He pursues an independent life style in and around his home town of Telluride, Colorado. The community is serviced by a free, green, and accessible gondola transportation system.
Off The Hook is upbeat and close up, depicting a better than average day in the life of Jake. From bed, to wheelchair, to hand cycle, he makes his way onto pristine Rocky Mountain fly fishing waters via mountain bike trails. Like the river, his journey flows and turns, can be fast or quiet, and in this moment, if he manages to catch a fish or two, that would be "off the hook!"
The GoHawkeye Mission Statement
GoHawkeye's mission is to make films meant to inspire and motivate by showcasing the human spirit in people overcoming disabilities to reach their goals through active adaptive lifestyles.
Our goal is to provide support through movies, education and financial aid to adaptive organizations and individuals.
The 2013 Fundraising Trek Across Colorado
TELLURIDE, COLORADO USA
On July 6, 2013, long distance hiker and Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) volunteer, Hawkeye Johnson, began his trek across Colorado. Hawkeye is traveling by foot, mountain bike, and horseback from Denver, Colorado to his home in Telluride 440 miles away as a fund raiser to benefit TASP.
Follow his trek along the multi-use Colorado Trail as five athletes from the adaptive community join him on to promote accessibility to the back country by different modes of transport including foot, hand-cycle, and horseback.
You can support TASP by pledging per mile or making a flat donation to GoHawkeye. 100% of money raised benefits TASP; TASP is a 501(3)c non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.
Hawkeye created the GoHawkeye fundraising campaign in 2007 to combine his passion for long distance hiking and working with people with disabilities. GoHawkeye raises funds for TASP, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing educational and recreational opportunities that develop life skills and personal growth.
Hawkeye has hiked over 16,000 miles and earned the Triple Crown of long distance hiking, twice (The Triple Crown of Hiking is comprised of the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail).
He has been involved with TASP for 13 years as a guide for the blind, ski and snowboard Instructor, a staff trainer and fundraiser. GoHawkeye has raised over $35,000. for the program including the creation of a video resource library. Check out TASP videos.
Check out the Trail Journals to follow Hawkeye on his most recent adventure and read journal entries from past hikes.
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