TELLURIDE – Telluride local Michael “Hawkeye” Johnson sustained a broken clavicle one-quarter of the way through his 440-mile trek from Denver to his home in Telluride. Johnson’s journey, which aims to raise $10,000 for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, TASP, is currently on hold while he recovers.
Johnson embarked on his hike on July 6, his birthday, and hoped to return to the TASP office in Mountain Village on Aug. 21, saying, “I hope I’m back in time for a beer and the Summer Concert Series!”
Throughout his journey, Johnson has demonstrated backcountry accessibility for people with disabilities as he guides adaptive athletes on foot, bicycle and horseback. The fundraising campaign website, www.gohawkeye.com, features videos of his travels with the adaptive athletes.
Johnson created the Gohwkeye fundraising campaign in 2007 and has raised a total of $35,000 for TASP programs. 2013 marks the 14th year he has worked as an instructor and volunteer at TASP.
Johnson is no stranger to the trail. He has hiked over 16,000-miles and twice earned the “Triple Crown” of long distance hiking: hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. With less than 200 recognized Triple Crown hikers, Johnson is almost certainly one of few that have twice completed this achievement.
Follow @triplecrownx2 can follow Johnson’s trek on Twitter and donations can be made by visiting www.gohawkeye.com.