In Memory of fallen Airborne Ranger & 2000 Miler, Zach Adamson

On Friday, I am heading to southern Virginia, to Damascus Trail Days to speak to fellow long distance hikers. Along the way, I am picking up Sean Reilly, best friend of fallen Airborne Ranger, Zach Adamson (see below). Together with Travis Johnston, another Airborne Ranger, we will talk about walking off war in a workshop, or NOT , in Zach’s case who thru-hiked last year, for a 2,150 mile hike did not quiet his soul. I will go on to hike with Travis & Sean all week and will hear their story, Zach’s story, all veterans’ story so I can write about it and share it with the world. THEN, on May 24th, we will join Zach’s family, whom Travis is flying in from Ohio, and Sean’s family, and climb up to Mc Afee Knob- Zach’s favorite spot on the whole trail- with his 125 pound memorial stone that Travis had made. They want to walk right in Zach’s footsteps, suffer for him, not take an easier parallel dirt road. Sean will be wearing his brother, Zach’s gear as he thru-hikes with Travis- all the sweat and body molecules of his best friend will be rubbing off onto his back as he carries his memory north. .. and I can’t tell you what an extreme privilege it is to be part of this, to be WELCOMED, to have these boys want to have Zach’s story told, in hopes of healing, in hopes that one more veteran does not feel he has no other choice but to take his life to quiet his soul. I hope and pray I can do Zach justice.


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  1. Cindy,

    Thanks so much for your posts and words of encouragement and sorrow.

    Take care of yourself and keep up all for your good works. Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you in the DC area.

    I am taking a partial day off each month to hike with Tom Lintner as he continues to recuperate.



  2. This breaks my heart. You will honor him with your writing, I am sure. May he and all the others who saw what they cannot live with rest in peace.

  3. Zachary was my Grandson. He was loved by so many. I miss him every minute of every day. Thank you for writing this Journal. I will keep it with me always. My love always to his best friends Sean & Travis. Safe Travels my friends.

    1. thank you for writing Fonda- I am getting ready to go on a memorial hike with the families up to Mc Afee Knob in VA- Zach’s favorite view. I will be taking photos like madwoman to document the event and I will be sure to send you a link. I hope someday to meet you- are you in Ohio?

      1. Yes in southern ohio. I wish I could be there but I will be watching for your photos. Thank you again.

    1. hi there – your very welcome- I out together a photography book of all these pics fro Travis- a hardcover and am not sure where to send it- when he arrives at Sean’s home, he will get to see his copy and can direct me where to send it.

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