2,189 miles, 14 states, 189 days, 465,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. Those are the big numbers from my recent Appalachian Trail thru-hike, which began March 18 on Springer Mountain in Georgia and ended October 4 atop Katahdin. Back home and with time on my hands, I ran a few more numbers on the long walk just for yucks. Here are a few of those statistics…
McAfee Knob, Virginia. I averaged 13 miles and 7 hours on the trail per day. CMK photo.
Hump Mountain on Tennessee-North Carolina border. I hiked at least some miles on 173 out of 189 total days, or 92%. CMK photo.
Mount Moosilauke, NH. I slackpacked – carried a light day pack – 305 miles over 23 days, or 14% of the total hike. CMK photo.
Mt Race, Massachusetts. On my longest day I covered 21.3 miles; my shortest mileage day was 3.2 miles. CMK photo.
Whitecap Mountain, Maine. I hiked more than 15 miles in a day on 56 of the total 189 days, or 30%. CMK photo.
Old Cheese Factory Campsite, Georgia. I spent 107 nights of the 189 total outside. 42 of those nights (22%) were in a tent. CMK photo.
Carter Gap Shelter, North Carolina. 60 nights (32%) were spent in shelters. CMK photo.
Elmer’s Hiker Hostel, Hot Springs, North Carolina. I stayed indoors at a hostel, motel, hotel. cabin, hut, private house, lodge or other lodging on 82 nights (43%) of the 189 days. CMK photo.
Pulpit Rock, Pennsylvania. I walked an estimated 200 extra miles to springs, shelters, viewpoints like this one, around towns and elsewhere during the trek. CMK photo.
La Barranca Restaurant, Pearisburg, Virginia. I consumed 136 restaurant meals over 189 days, not quite a meal a day average, but darn didn’t I try! CMK photo.
Laundromat, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was able to do laundry 48 times. By the way, shouldn’t every laundry be paired with a liquor store?! CMK photo.
Prospect Rock outside of Manchester Center, Vermont on a hot and sweaty August day. I took 103 showers over 189 days. Stinky stinky. CMK photo.
Trail shuttle courtesy Ron Haven, Have’s Budget Inn, Franklin, North Carolina. Over 189 days on the trail, I took 82 car or shuttle rides between towns and the trail, some paid but most free. CMK photo.
Woody Gap, Suches, Georgia. I was on the receiving end of trail magic, like the burgers, Hot dogs, and beer here, on 74 occasions from Georgia to Maine. CMK photo.
Kittatinny Ridge, New Jersey. I consumed enough beer (actual beers per mile classified) to be more than worthy of the trail name “Beerman.” CMK photo.
Rain on The Priest, Virginia. The weather was unny 60% of the time, it rained 10% of the days, and was mixed the rest of the time. Can’t complain. CMK photo.
Somewhere in the Green Mountains, Vermont. Incredibly, I had no blisters – that’s none, zero, nada – over 2,189 miles. CMK photo.