Roger Poulin – Trail Name – Adventurous Cane (Ad-Cane or Cane)is Deaf and blind. My goal is to trek the entire trail of Appalachian Mountain from Georgia to Maine, which is approximately 2,185.3 miles (based on 2014 AT Data Book – in 2010 when we first stated – it was 2,179.1 miles – every year, the total distance of the AT constantly changes due to ongoing trail maintenance and re-routing).  Roni Lepore, who is my Support Service Person or Provider (SSP) and hiking partner, is also be my eyes and provides me with visual information.  I commenced my hike in April 2010 and ended in October 2010 with 1,107 miles of hiking under my belt.  In 2011, I commenced my hike in April 2011 through June 2011 and logged in 460 miles. In 2012, I hiked from April through July with 120 miles under my belt.  In 2013, I logged 251 miles toward the base of the Mt. Katahdin.  My team and I made an attempt to climb the Mt. Katahdin one day in September 2013, but was forced to turnaround with less than 2 miles to go due to high wind and daylight time running out.  I was pretty crushed on that day, but renewed my motivation by planning for  June 2014 with longer daylight time.  I finally conquered Mt. Katahdin with 5.2 miles from the base to the peak with my team in June 2014!

Achieving this goal will be a major accomplishment because of  I am Deaf and blind.  My goal is not only personal – to arrive at the end of trail, which is on Katahdin Mountain in Maine – but universal as well, to be a role model for people who are Deafblind. I hope I will inspire other Deafblind adults to achieve their goals and find success. 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

Roger at Bar Harbor, Maine

Roni Lepore – Trail Name – Rambling Shamrock (RamSham)– is a native of New Jersey with a culturally diverse background.  I am an avid outdoor spinster and globaltrotter.  I was certified Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR, known as “Woofer”) from Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) from 2010 through 2013.  In 2014, I switched an  organization and am certified WFR with Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI) under National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  I hold both BS and MS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.   I am working to earn my certifications as a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).  I am involved with volunteering my time working for an organization called World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) – an international organization for sign language interpreters across the globe.   I teach and tutor ASL to students in Metro New York, Austin, Texas, and Germany.  I enjoy working with Deafblind people – interpreting and SSPing.  I co-teach/assist Deafblind instructors on interpreting and SSPing courses.  I have taken up studying written German and DGS (German Sign Language), traveling, doing outdoor activities, volunteering and learning history and customs of various cultures are few of the things I relish.  During my free time, I voraciously read paperback books/Kindle and jot down my stories and work on photos/videos as part of new project after the conclusion of our AT journey – keep your eyes peeled for future book/videos!

September 2015 – After my journey of recovering from ACL/meniscus re-construction surgeries, I resumed my hiking near and far from my home state, New Jersey.  I formed my trail journal to record my journey with pursuing my passions once again -going for some long distance hiking – PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), Long Trail and several trails here in USA and aboard.

November 2015– I accomplished by obtaining my Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) from Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).  🙂 My next plan is to study for SC:L – Specialist Certificate: Legal.

Tiakl in Guatemala

Roni at Tikal

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