Monday, August 13, 2007

A Hike For Steve Coming to a Close

"A hike for a lost friend" is the headline over Ruth Sheehan's article in the 12 August 2007 Raleigh (NC) News & Observer. It details a memorial hike this summer by three college friends honoring a recently-murdered childhood friend with whom they had planned to thru-hike.

The three hikers are Spencer McKay, Ben Burchardi and Garrett Dixon. They took the late Stephen Harrington with them anyway, or, at least, a small container with some of his ashes in it.

Leaving Springer on 21 May, they made a lot more miles a day than most thru-hikers do, and intend to be finishing this week or so. They will meet with Steve Harrington's family at Katahdin to spread his ashes there.

Harrington was murdered in October 2005. This is a really neat story of friendship and healing. Read more in the article and at their blog.

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