Hello folks!

Once again, there is an article mentioning Ad-Cane’s accomplishment via Appalachian Trail website – “If These People Can Hike the Appalachian Trail, So Can You”   It can be anywhere from a few months to years to complete the Appalachian Trail only if one is perseverance in pursuing it.  I am going to leave you with Ad-Cane’s quote:

“My goal is to show that dreams can become a reality for anyone, regardless of their personal challenges and struggles. I also want to expose the world to understand why Support Service Person (SSP) is extremely important to deaf and blind community.”  — Roger “Ad-Cane” Poulin

Enjoy rest of the summer, folks in the Northern Hemisphere!

The spring is around the corner, folks in the Southern Hemisphere!  )

 

Hello folks!

I am on break between vacation/journey/work, so I took a peek into ATDBDeaf gmail and found some email with link to one’s website or blog writing about Roger’s AT Journey.  Here are some links below for you to read:

Victory for Deaf-Blind Appalachian Trail Hiker

Need a shot of motivation?  Check out this story.  So cool.

“I wanted to quit, but I persevered.”

Enjoy reading and please take your time to thank these writers/bloggers!

 

 

Hello everyone,

With the help from my family (we are on vacation exploring Maine, by the way), we decided to work on transcribing the online video from The Bangor Daily News tonight rather than waiting.  Please be aware that it is the work of the Lepore Family, not the Bangor Daily News.  Here is the transcript below:

The Bangor Daily News online video – Transcript (3 minutes 25 seconds long)  Both voice-overs and American Sign Language are being used in the video.

Main Interviewees:  Roger “Adventurous Cane” Poulin and Roni “RamSham” Lepore

Please note if the words are within parenthesis is the words of the interpreters, not interviewees.

Roger: I had wanted to hike the AT for 3 reasons. The first is to prove to myself that I could do it. As a Deaf person and as a blind person, see if I could find that success. And the other reason, is that when I was a young child, I had so many big barriers in my life, that many people keep telling me that I couldn’t do things, and I really took that on. Because of my vision, I couldn’t do things, I wanted to really let go of that and show people that I could do. I also wanted to prove to the DeafBlind community that they could do something like this. You don’t have to just sit at home all day, you could go out and really adventure.

Roni: We started this journey in 2010 and so with my experience as a Deaf hiker who worked with hearing and Deaf hikers, and as a SSP, and with the experience of working with people who are DeafBlind which gave me a special perspective, I thought this would be a great opportunity to work with a DeafBlind hiker. And so I felt really inspired to have this opportunity with Roger.

The edge of the rock, this is what I would use to show either this is a steep edge (cliff) on the right side or the left side of where we were walking. I would warn him that the trail was going to get narrow, and that you could fall, or if there was a someplace that he would have to be careful checking for the depth over a rocky path because he would not know how steep some steps would be.  That before stepping down or (making a big leap, or a jump) I would warn him of that, or to show him that “you need to use your poles (cane) to sort of pull ahead to see or feel what is there”.  If it was raining and there was smooth rock up ahead I would warn him of that because of its slippery when wet, and this is the sign for that smooth rock.

Roger: So from Georgia to Pennsylvania, I was not using a helmet, and I ended up falling on this really sharp rock, so I actually hit the crown of my head, popped open and bleeding, everywhere. I mean, I had blood all over me, but I was not in pain (and I was in serious pain) at that point. I got four stitches, and I decided I would buy a helmet at the point and I would wear it for the rest of the adventure.

The first day in Georgia when I was thinking about what it would be like when I got to the end and when I was done with this journey I couldn’t have vision that really. I couldn’t believe that I made it.  There was so many times I wanted to quit. But, I persevered and finished.  The moment at the top was really an overwhelmingly emotional end.

 

Corrections:

(1:00) The video only gave Roger’s 2 reasons.  His third reason was SSP – Support Service Provider – is very important to the DeafBlind community.

(1:00) Name Tag: Roni Lepore – Support Service Provider

 

BDN Video Credit:

Video by Brian Feulner

Trail footage by registered Maine guide David Whitney

Interpreting by Sarah Littlefield and Debbie Meyers

Transcribers: Kaylee Lepore, Christine Lepore, Roni “RamSham” Lepore

We are in the Bangor Daily News – both online and in Saturday’s press (28-June-2014).

One might notice that an online video via Bangor Daily News is not accessible for everyone.  Not only Deaf and DeafBlind community do not have 100% access to the online video, the hearing and blind community don’t either (ASL is being used and no voice-overs being available).  Roger arrived in Seattle this morning and I am on vacation with my family exploring rest of the Maine for one more week.

The press was very last-minute arrangement by our beloved hiker, Tecolote (The Barbarian Utopia), who steadfastly supported us.  Many thanks to Tecolote  for making this happening!   Please accept our apology for video’s accessibility issue and please bear patience with us while we are working on making the video accessible for everyone.   Thank you.

 

 

Hello all!

Sorry for late update and quick post – limited Internet access and phone services.

As the world now knows that Ad-Cane finally conquered the Big K this past Tuesday 24-June along with his team, BKOB – David W., Ateon W., and RamSham.  Now we are expecting around 25 people joining us to celebrate at BBQ Celebration Party today!  It is gonna be a gorgeous weather with spectacular view of the Big K from Lake Millinocket!  It is gonna be a fabulous and unforgettable moments!
For those who are unable to attend today’s party, you all are in our thoughts for your incredible support and encouragement for all of these years!  Please feel free to send messages/comments/email to Ad-Cane (AKA Roger Poulin) and his team via our blog: http://atdeafblinddream.wordpress.com.  Ad-Cane doesn’t use the Facebook often, so I plan to compile all messages together from the blog and send it to him to make it easier for him to read in one place rather than the Facebook’s multiple postings in different places.  Many thanks!
Once again, when everything becomes settled down, I shall share stories and photos with all of you.  I am going to share a few pictures with you all for now.  Enjoy them!
3 Miles left to go!

3 Miles left to go!

Climbing on the Hunt Trail - AT

Climbing on the Hunt Trail – AT

2 Miles left to go - it was the spot from last September where we were forced to turnaround due to high wind and running out of time.

2 Miles left to go – it was the spot from last September where we were forced to turnaround due to high wind and running out of time.

Enjoying the view before continuing to climb toward the Big K.

Enjoying the view before continuing to climb toward the Big K.

Foggy weather at the Big K

Foggy weather at the Big K

BKOB Team at Big K!

BKOB Team at Big K!

Cheers!!!!

Hello alll!

Sorry to make this quick posting….hectic schedule lately!  We are on our way to Baxter State Park now to resume where we left off…..to finish our business with the Big K!  It is the week where we are gonna conquer the spirit of Deafblind hiker achieving his dream!!!  At this time, there are at least 10 people coming and supporting him!  Tomorrow will be our first attempt to hike/climb if the weather is in our favor and our team’s readiness.  We will have remaining 4 attempts rest of this week.  Wish us a best luck and relatively injury-free journey!  There are so much things to share with all of u, but we need to get going.  I promise I am going to share all of these stories after our journey!  Love to all of you who support us since 2010!  Good luck to USA Men’s soccer team in the World Cup!  RamSham out!!!

My dear friend gave me a sad news last night – one of our AT Family members died this past Sunday 1-June-2014.  Ad-Cane and I had an honor of meeting Fields – William Lindley’s Appalachian Trail (AT) name – back in April 2010 and several times on trail in different states until 22-September-2010. When I first heard of his unexpected passing, I was hoping that it was a hoax. I came to his Facebook wall and found out that he is no longer with us. I am heartbroken by his untimely departure from us who admired and loved him for who he was. I still do not understand what happened to him, but I shall always cherish his beautiful smile, sense of humor, love for nature and environment, and passion to learn our language – American Sign Language. Ad-Cane and I plan to conclude our 5-year AT journey by summitting at Mt. Katahdin in a couple of weeks, so I shall to celebrate his life with such a heavy heart from the peak of Mt. Katahdin. Love and miss you so much…….Happy Trails, Fields and your beautiful strawberry blonde hair.

http://atdeafblinddream.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/ramsham-good-bye-the-granite-state-and-hello-the-green-mountain-state/

http://atdeafblinddream.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/ramsham-hightlights/

http://atdeafblinddream.wordpress.com/at-family/ – look under “2010” for his trail name – Fields

Oh my…….it is less than 2 months to climb the Big K!!!!!!  It is time for me to work on fine-tuning on plans and errands!

UPDATED AS OF 30-APRIL-2014 – between now and Saturday 21-June-2014 – Some information below may be changed/added….please keep checking here from time to time.

http://wp.me/PntmN-2f

 

Hello folks,

I just learned that Ad-Cane gave a presentation at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington USA on 9-April-2014.  Here is a link to an article about his presentation:

Deaf-Blind hiker shares experiences in UW visit

Great job, Ad-Cane!

Hello folks!

The Spring is around the corner with Phil the Groundhog taunts at us for a long and *wonderful* Winter….plenty of snow up here in Mid-Atlantic and New England states!  Anyhow, let’s start with a sad news that I received a couple of days ago…..Bill Irwin, First Blind-Hiker to hike the AT, has died over this past weekend.  Bill inspired Cane and myself before we started to hike the AT in 2010.  Cane had his book and he lent this book to me to read….I admired Bill’s courage and perseverance to complete the AT.  It did open up conversation between Cane and myself on many areas such as risks, preparations, communication system, and etc.  Cane and I had an honor or meeting him while we were hiking on the AT in 2011 at Pine Grove Furnace State Park – the midway point on the AT and where the AT museum is.  Bill happened to be there to give a presentation as we hiked through….perfect timing!  We were in heavens getting to chat with him with a help from wonderful staff at AT Museum who knew some sign language.  Bill is now joined with his beloved and loyal guide dog, Orient who hiked with him from start to end on the AT, in the heaven.  May they continue to hike in the heaven and remembered forever for their courage and steadfastness.

Now, here is a good news…..Cane, the team, and I are booked for a week from Sunday 22-June-2014 through Saturday 28-June-2014 to make a big climb at the Mt. Katahdin.  The details will come out soon, so keep your eyes out for that.

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