1 Voice Trekking has a simple mission: Connect hikers to new causes and build relationships on the trail.
Here is how it works. We link up with a cause – usually a nonprofit organization. We organize a team of hikers and together we raise awareness and funds for that cause. This is done by completing a challenging hike together as a team.
On the trail we help each other out and individually we challenge ourselves to complete the hike. You walk away with new friends and a sense of accomplishment.
This group started on November 13th, 2010 when Ryan Blair, Michael Rhodes, Gabe Decker, Blair Hill, Steve Otten, and Greg Blair hiked the 41 mile section of the Appalachian Trail through Maryland in 16.5 hours.
That hike raised awareness for Voices For Children, a nationwide nonprofit organization that helps abused and neglected children find loving homes.
Our second hike took place on March 26th, 2011. 29 volunteers hiked the Catoctin Trail from Gambrill State Park thru Catoctin National Park in Maryland. We completed the 27 mile day hike to again support and share the mission of Voices for Children.
Our third hike took place on September 30 2011, where 14 volunteers hiked 52.4 miles in 23.5 hours. This was our first hike to raise funds and awareness for the Diakon Flight Program, the National Center for Children and Families, and Voices for Children. www.HikingUpward.com helped us plan logistics.
We have since led 4 additional hikes supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Maryland, The Samaritan Women, a multi-cause hike spanning many states and over 2500 miles hike on one day, and Team Racing 4 Veterans.
We continue to grow and are being led to new connections every year. Our next adventure is always around the corner and we want you to be a part of it.
Please join our group and consider being a part of a future hike.
Greg Blair – Greg has worked in the financial services industry for the past 15 years and lives in Carroll County, Maryland with his family. He has served on the Board of Voices for Children of Carroll County and as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of Central Maryland. Greg serves on the Board of She is Safe in Atlanta, Georgia, an organization that saves, rescues, and restores young girls and women from international trafficking.
Michael Rhodes – Michael has worked as a youth pastor for 8 years in San Diego, CA and now in Houston, TX. He speaks regularly at youth conferences and retreats. He is on the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Housing Alliance and is CASA certified (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in foster care. He and his wife Stacia have two children.
Director of Adventure
Chris Morales – Chris has worked in public and private sector accounting for 11 years. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, mountain bike riding and trail running. He also has a passion for bringing about positive change in the lives of youths. Chris and his two children can often be found, digging in their garden, strolling along the streets of suburban Frederick, hiking, biking and camping in the neighboring forests, or tubing in the nearby Potomac River.
Director of Communications
Clint Townshend – Clint has been involved in construction project management and estimating for 13. Clint enjoys helping others in any way possible, and has a passion for gadgets and anything involving technology. He lives in Carroll County with his wife Whitney and twin son and daughter, Chance and Casey.
Director of Safety and Logistics
Clay Townshend – Clay has worked in the law enforcement and security field for 20 years. He enjoys volunteering, traveling, the outdoors, cooking and looking for that next great experience. Clay spends a lot of his time with his family, leading Cub Scouts and as a Little League baseball coach. Clay holds numerous certifications in personal security, physical security, investigations and as a First Responder. He lives in Frederick County, Maryland with his wife and two children.
Director of Operations
Ed Townshend – Ed is a U.S. Army veteran. He retired, after 41 years of federal public service in law enforcement, from the United States Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security. Ed enjoys traveling, camping, kayaking and anything outdoors. He proudly has two sons/daughters-in-laws and four grandchildren. Ed and his wife live in Westminster, MD.