Here are some statistics about our trip on the Appalachian Trail…
Miles hiked: 2185.9 (not including spur trails to water, shelter, and views, or distance walked while resupplying in town)
Number of days in the journey: 139, from March 5 – July 22. (Includes two weddings at four days each, six snow days, and about four “zero” days.)
Average miles hiked per day, including days off: 15-16
Number of jars of peanut butter Zippy and Diddo will purchase in the next six months: 0
Base weight of our backpacks with winter gear: 8-9 lbs each. (Base weight doesn’t include food or water, which adds 3-13 pounds depending on how much we’ve eaten already.)
Base weight of our backpacks with summer gear: 7 lbs each.
Number of vertical miles climbed: 91 (according to this guy: http://bucktrack.com/Thru-hiking_the_Appalachian_Trail.html)
Approximate number of footsteps: 5 million… each.
Pairs of shoes: 3 for Zippy, 2 for Diddo. All pairs deceased by trail’s end.
Wildlife sighted: See my list at my flora and fauna page.
Highest point: Clingmans Dome, Smoky Mountains, 6643′
Lowest point: Hudson River, NY, 124′
Largest vertical climb: Mount Katahdin, 4188 feet in 5.2 miles
Books and audiobooks read on the journey: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, The Catcher in the Rye, Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, The Perks of Being a Wildflower by Stephen Chbonsky, the Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, and AWOL on the AT by David Miller. Thru-hikers tend to despise and malign Bill Bryson, since he did not finish his hike, and that represents their greatest fear, but his book on the subject, A Walk in the Woods (or, in German, Picnic with Bears, according to our German friend Roadrunner) is inarguably good.
And finally, this infographic. Many people tell us how much closer the AT must make us as a couple. Jerri from White Mountains Hostel said, “Now when you go through hard times, you can always think back on this and say, We hiked that trail together, we can get through this.” I think she’s right. But for your enlightenment, now you can know what really goes on out there: