guides enjoying the great outdoors during the recent Trek for
Light are (left to right) Blanche Chapman, Mike Chapman, Stacie
Rich, Kelly Thornbury, Anne Orning, Brian Tocher, Ed Durbin, Hans
Stokken, Jason Stanley and Jeff Balek. Bill Larson (not pictured)
was also a guide, and provided this photograph.
You hike 22 miles over rocks and roots,
temperatures in the 90s, sometimes climbing as much a 1,000 feet
in a quarter of a mile and ? you are visually impaired. Imagine!
That is what the Trek for Light group did
Aug. 13th though Aug. 17th in the Little
Belt Mountains, Trek for Light is a group of visually impaired
hikers and their guides. Judith Station cabin was the setting for
the adventure put together by Ed Durbin, president of the group,
Bill Larson and Hans Stokken. Local participants were Stacy Rick,
Jason Stanley, Jeff Balek, and Ed Durbin. Those from out of town
were Kelly Thornberry and Brian Tocher. The guides included Ann
Orning, Hans Stokken, Bill Larson, Mike Chapman and me.
Each morning the trekkers gathered for a
he-man type breakfast prepared by Donna Larson, who provided all
of the wonderful meals. Hiking began around 10 a.m. Hikers carried
a pack with their lunch, water and any other necessary equipment.
The terrain was, at times, very challenging regardless of whether
or not you were sighted. Yogo Crossing, Wood Chopper Ridge, and
Hay canyon were some of the hiking destinations.
Ed Durbin says that besides the hiking
experience, the opportunity to get together, meet new friends and
trade stories make the trip an exceptional occasion. As for the
guides, the experience was very gratifying as well as a great
learning experience. I was fortunate to be Ed Durbin?s guide and
he trained me well. He encouraged me on how to guide and made me
feel like I was doing a good job. At one point I closed my eyes
and tried walking. I didn?t last ten seconds.
The trekkers are nothing but courageous.
These folks truly know how to enjoy the open road of life.
If you are interested in more information about Trek for Light or
would like to make a donation, please contact Ed Durbin at
Story by: Blanche Chapman