An in-depth photo journal of the 3 longest hiking trails in America's backyard.
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UPDATE #1: The Gazette has a few things to say about this project
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America is a civilized, full functioning world power with her lands populated by hundreds of millions of citizens intent on enjoying her freedoms and comforts. With towns growing into cities, and cities massing in size, the wilderness seems far out of place and out of reach. The days of explorers, pioneers, travelers and an open frontier are thought to be lost except in movies. A short drive from state to state gives the appearance that these places are small and few, with scarce wonders barely hidden away. The beauty is still there.
As Americans, we have fought hard for the heritage of our beautiful and clean land. The largest wilderness areas available to us are along 3 trails: The Appalachian Trail (2,184mi), the Pacific Crest Trail (2,663mi), and the Continental Divide Trail (3,100mi), together they are the Triple Crown hiking trails. These 3 trails cross through 22 states and each trail demands roughly 5-7 months to complete via hiking. The common factors to these trails are thousands of miles of American wilderness, making available further discoveries, research projects, and more exploration.
Matt Liparulo will be hiking the Triple Crown trails and will share a daily photographic journal so everyone can experience and appreciate America's shrinking wilderness areas. Matt also hopes that this journal will encourage others to venture into our wilderness areas, and will use this resource to guide them into the vast beauty in our own backyard. He will be observing the magnificent nature of our home by camping on the side of the trails and the land around them, where permitted. Matt’s intentions are to express the importance of keeping city sizes limited and keep them from encroaching on our wilderness lands by showing the thriving nature that lives in these places and what we may lose. His book will illustrate the hiking trip from beginning to end including all 3 trails and their most spectacular points of beauty and interest.
Please consider supporting this project. Your financial help for the Triple Crown Wilderness Photo Journal will provide food, replacing worn camping gear throughout the 7,300 mile hike, and travel costs in between each trail head. To contribute, click the "Backer" button at the top of this page, above the "Rewards" column.
The Rewards as a backer depend on how much you would like to contribute. The rewards can include "Thank you" emails, updates along the trails, pictures taken from the trail sent via email, a print of the photograph of your choice as a 4x6 or 8x10. Also included will be a letter from Matt about his time on the trail and making of the project, and a signed copy of the photography book about the trails and wilderness of the Triple Crown experience.
For every dollar pledged to the project, Matt has promised to pick up 1lb of trash littered on the trails. This is part of an effort to leave-no-trace and support the hundreds of volunteers that maintain the trails.
Please keep in mind that the funding amount Matt is asking for must reach 100% or he will not receive any of it and the money will be returned to those who showed support. If Matt reaches his goal before the allotted time frame, additional funding will be gratefully appreciated and can go a long way towards his final goal. If you would like to contact Matt or learn more about him and the project, please see the links below. Thank you!
All backers receive more detailed information about the journey, as well as personal updates and achievements not posted on websites. They will have access to all pictures taken; the photo albums will be limited until after the journey is complete. The blog will only cover an overview of the entire project once the project starts.
Rewards are taken very seriously and all backers will remain on an exclusive insider's list. As a backer, Matt Liparulo considers you as being with him on the trail. You are his Triple Crown Wilderness family.
pledged of $3,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 8, 2012.
Feb 20, 2012 - Apr 8, 2012 (48 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Email sent from Matt with "Thank You" and a letter of experiences after completion.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Same as Reward #1, also, updates from the trail sent via email.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Same as Reward #2, also, pictures along with updates sent via email.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Same as Reward #3, also, handwritten letters sent at the beginning and end of each trail.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $125 or more
Same as Reward #4, also, choice of a collection of 15 photographs from entire file of all photos taken throughout all 3 trails, printed 4x6 or 8x10.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
Pledge $250 or more
Same as Reward #5, also, copy of maps used with locations of campsites and markers where completed photo journal pictures were taken (the pictures that make it in the book).Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
Pledge $500 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
Same as Reward #6, also, copy of completed photo journal book, signed and hand written letter.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
SPONSOR: As a sponsor to the TCWPJ, you have access to all previous rewards including; email and hand written updates, all digital and printed pictures, copy of maps and markers, and copies of the signed book. The bonus rewards as the Sponsor are: promotional space on the tent, backpack, and other gear. Administrative access to the Facebook fan page, @TCwildernessPJ Twitter account, Photobucket.com albums, and TCWPJ.blogspot.com blog. Also available to you are ads in the published book and media coverage at the completion of the 3rd trail.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012