“I am Scribe and he is Centaur. We are both deaf. I hiked the AT in 2014, but this is Centaur’s first backpacking trip ever. He is a Ray Jardine kind of guy, and built his own ultralight backpack. He sleeps under a light tarp. We have been putting in a pretty good number of miles every day. Today we walked 28 miles and we are tired! We are looking forward to getting to Durango tomorrow. I’m a deaf activist living in Boulder. You can learn more about the kind of work I do on the Fucundo Element web page. My trail name is Scribe because I use this notebook here to communicate with non-deaf hikers. Centaur got his trail name because of his hat. The way he wears it with the brim turned up makes him look like a bike rider. In Europe, bike riders are called centaurs. Plus, he likes the idea of being thought of as half man and half beast.”
Editor’s Note: You can read more about Scribe and Centaur’s hike of The Colorado Trail in their on-line trail journal. I was especially taken by Scribe’s reflections on the hike on the last page of his journal. He writes:
So, for the first time in my life I understood a dimension of my identity: I am not a fighter. For a long time, I’ve always thought I was because I’m an activist. This hike has taught me that I am a lover, in the truest sense. Lovers create, not destroy. A radical who truly loves. It is my greatest gift, my raison d’etre, my purpose, my destiny… is my capacity to love. Love will be my response to any of the questions that comes to mind and the very foundation of all reasoning: Love.