It’s Official

February 18, 2010

The official departure date for the Hanson Appalachian Trail Campaign is March 3, 2010. We expect to leave for Atlanta then and start hiking and filming on March 5, 2010.


February 17, 2010

We’re starting to get some publicity.

February 8, 2010

We are getting equipment and food. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, I should be able to start hiking on or about March 1, 2010.

December 17, 2009

We were going to move updates to Mike’s Hike to Face Book but decided to post on this blog after talking to several people and reading a comment.  We will post information under the Hanson Appalachian Trail Campaign on Face Book.  Those who would rather use Face Book are encouraged to visit  for additional information.

Mike Hanson


October 23, 2009

We added Cloudveil and Midwest Mountaineering as sponsors.  I think we have a real chance to start hiking the AT and filming the documentary in March, 2010.  Getting this far has taken quite a while.  I hope the hike is easier than the planning!

Additional Sponsor

October 1, 2009

Big Agnes also generously offered to sponsor the hike and documentary by providing some sleeping bags and tents.


September 30, 2009

Funding is going better.  We have raised about thirty percent of the funding we will need.  Granite Gear has generously offered to sponsor the hike and documentary. We are discussing potential sponsorship with other companies and organizations.



Mike Hanson

January 12, 2009

Gary Steffens and I have encountered serious setbacks. Funding is not going well. Therefore, we decided to put the hike of the Appalachian Trail and documentary off until March, 2010. We plan to use the following months to learn about fundraising and go from there.

I am committed to hiking the At and making the statements I want to make through my hike and the documentary. That said, I am committed to doing it properly and with the necessary resources. Please visit for updates on my plans.


Mike Hanson

December 22, 2008

Below is an update on what I am doing to prepare for my hike of the Appalachian Trail and the documentary we plan to make. I have been working out several times a week and walking a great deal.

Award-winning videographer Garry L. Steffens will film me working at my current telemarketing job. I am grateful to have a job at all, given these economic times but it is not what I went to law school for. This underscores the message I am trying to communicate that having a disability makes finding employment matching one’s skills and abilities unnecessarily difficult.

After that, I will meet with a potential law school student who happens to be blind. I hope my experience can help her understand what accommodations she will need to get through law school.

We are also trying to raise funding for the hike and documentary. We are contacting every person, organization, and group we can think of. We realize these are difficult economic times. Please visit for more information.

Happy Holidays,

Mike Hanson

First Blog

September 29, 2008

I plan to use this blog to share information about my preparation for and eventual hike of the Appalachian Trail, starting in March, 2009 if all goes well.  Please visit for more information.  Both my website and this blog are works in progress.  If you like, please email me any comments, suggestions, or thoughts.


Thank You,



Mike Hanson