Chris Robinson has hiked Mt. Katahdin fourteen times. But his next venture up the mountain may be the most meaningful one yet.
“It’s going to be very emotional at the end,” he said.
That’s because he and six other men will be walking for our country’s heroes. Starting in the town of Monson and going 114 miles to the top of Mt. Katahdin, the Wilderness Walk for Warriors is a project Robinson came up with last year.
“It’s my way of giving back…and I’ve never given, so I’m going to give. I’m going to try,” said Robinson.
The 7-man team — made up of Robinson’s family, friends, and associates — leaves on Friday for a hike that will take nine days.
“There are no stores, there’s no place to get food, provisions, it’s nine days just wilderness,” Robinson said.
And they’ve been raising money for every step they take. So far they’ve collected around ten thousand dollars to donate to veterans and active service members and their families.
“It’s a dual fold mission,” he said.
The other part of that mission – remembering our state’s fallen heroes. They’ve worked closely with the Summit Project – and each hiker will also carry a an individual memorial stone engraved with the name of a fallen soldier.Those names include First Lt. James Zimmerman and Sgt. 1st class Aaron Henderson. Each stone weighs between 8 and 16 pounds.
“It’s a great honor…and we don’t look at it as a burden, it’s an honor. And one that we’ll gladly carry,” he said.
Robinson doesn’t know how he’s going to feel at the end of this long journey. Likely tired, and in need of some good rest. But certainly he and his hiking mates will understand better the perspective of a soldier — to give of yourself, for someone else.
Robinson says they’ll be documenting the trip to share with the county when they get back. And if you want to donate to the project, you can visit the Wilderness Walk for Warriors Facebook page.