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The Great Hike - Help Dana Complete His Journey
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Ended Nov 17, 2014

Hi Everyone!

Please see my original post below in italics about how this page came to be.

I have since been in touch with Dana and he is extremely grateful for all of your contributions! Follow his story on Facebook - it is nothing short of inspiring.  Let's keep the donations coming - they really do make a difference to this incredible journey across the Trans Canada Trail!!

Maury & Family :)

Check out his Facebook page here:

See where Dana is right now - LIVE:

My name is Maury - and truth be told I've never met Dana Meise - but I sure feel as though I have. I hope he doesn't mind I stole his picture from his public Facebook page!  100% disclosure - Dana does NOT know I'm doing this.

My wife heard his story on CBC with Stuart McLean and told me all about him.  My first reaction was to quietly nod and passively agree that "Yes, sounds interesting.  Hiking the Trans Canada Trail.  Sounds crazy".  I believe my exact words were "that's insane".  And I quickly shuffled his story to the back of my mind next to the dusty file folder containing my intense love for Better Homes and Gardens. Yes that was sarcasm.

The fact is - I completely dismissed Dana and his quest.

Then something happened.  I began to think what I would tell my children someday if they asked about such a man and his hike.  The truth is - something amazing is happening here.  7 years later he is still hiking.  Yes - 7 years.  Dana has decided this is what he needs to do.  He has given himself to his journey 100%.  No excuses and no regrets and no fear of what could happen.  We could all learn from this - I know I sure could.

Check out his Facebook page here:

See where Dana is right now - LIVE:

Since being on CBC he has gained around 3500 new followers - I figure if every one of those people is willing to donate $1 - we can help him finish out his trek with a hotel night or two "in his back pocket" so to speak.

Let's help Dana Complete His Journey.


PS - 100% of all funds collected will go straight to Dana - I have not figured out the logistics - I'm sitting at my kitchen table letting my idea come to life.  It will be entirely up to him how these funds are spent (so if you don't want him to buy himself a beer... you might not want to donate).  With any luck we can help him finish his trip and get a book published - there is a powerful story here that we can all learn from which should be shared in print!

Quote from Dana's Facebook Page:

"A 24,000k hike on the TransCanadaTrail - 18,000k done. Named Expedition Of The Year by Canadian Geographic as I hike 4000km to Inuvik.

A Forest Technologist who had a dream to explore my country (Canada) by foot and canoe on the Trans Canada Trail, which is the worlds longest trail at 24,000km's and stretches to all three of Canada's Oceans the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic, passing through over a 1000 communities...

As of Dec 17th/2013 I became the first person to hike across Canada on the trail setting a record as the longest backpacking trip in the world on the worlds longest trail. It was a 16,500km journey beginning in Cape Spear Newfoundland Canada's Eastern Most point and ending in Point Clover Victoria B.C. Passing through over 900 communities making thousands of friends along the way.

This year 2014 beginning early April I start hiking to Inuvik North West Territories. This journey will be a 6 month 4000km solo hike beginning in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta where the TCT splits and heads north. This will bring me to 21,000km's hiked with 3000km's to go which will be done in 2015...

Too see where I've been and where I am still going just go to the Trans Canada Trail site @

Thank You..."

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