What 10,876' in a day looks like

AT by the numbers

The blog passed 100,000 views a few weeks back which prompted me to think about some other interesting numbers and statistics from the hike.

Trail distance hiked: 2189.1 miles (3523 km).
Total days: 180
Days in 2014: 62
Days in 2016: 118
Total hiking days: 151 (84%)
Average distance per hiking day: 14.5 miles (23.3 km)
Most miles in a day: 26.1, to McAfee Knob in southern Virginia.
Number of zero days: 29 (16%)
Average hiking days between zeros: 5.2

Pairs of shoes used: 6
Backpacks used: 4
Underpants worn: 1
Pairs of men’s socks worn: 2 (2014) + 5 (2016).
Pairs of women’s socks worn (thanks, Damascus): 1 (2014), 0 (2016).

Bears encountered when clothed: 18
Bears encountered while unclothed: 1
Tears in tent caused by bears: 1
Number of ticks found on my body: 1 (not attached).

Nights spent in an AT shelter: 0
Nights spent in a tent: 110/180 (61%). 41/62 (66%) in 2014, 69/118 (58%) in 2016.

Average steps per mile: 2,700.
Average steps per hiking day: 39,150.
Total steps: 5.91 million.
Total calories consumed (approx): 700,000.

Total ascent: 526,664 feet.
Average elevation change per mile: 240.6 feet.
Average elevation change per hiking day: 6,976 feet.
Climbs of the UK’s tallest building, The Shard, every single hiking day: 3.4.

Most elevation change in 1 day: 10,876′ (3315 metres) in 17.4 miles, 625.1 ft / mile. Barmjam Road (1983.5) to Route 27 (mile 2000.9) in Maine.

What 10,876' in a day looks like

What 10,876′ in a day looks like

Completion rate for Nortbound thru-hikers in 2016: 685 / 3377 = 20%.

Ideas for section hikes

Long section of 100+ miles with most elevation change: The White Mountains, New Hampshire. Route 25 near Hikers Welcome Hostel (mile 1790.2) to Route 2 near White Mountains Hostel (mile 1890.8). 100.6 miles. 32,406′ ascent + 32,640′ descent = 65,042′ total elevation change, 646.5 ft / mile.

Short section (outside the Whites, doable in a weekend) with most elevation change: The Mahoosuc Range, NH and Maine. Hogan Road (mile 1891.4, 0.8 miles north of White Mountains Hostel) to ME Route 26 (mile 1921.9), 30.5 miles. 10,719′ ascent + 9,993′ descent = 20,712′ total elevation change, 687.4 ft / mile.

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