Fast Facts About My AT Thru-Hike
Hello again! It’s been just over two weeks since I summited Mount Katahdin and finished my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Now that I’ve taken some time to recuperate, I’m ready to start writing a bit more about my experience.
For my first post-AT article, I though that perhaps I’d indulge you readers on some fast facts about my hike, including all the common questions I received before, during, and after my hike. I plan to expand on many of these topics in separate posts, but for now here are the details.
- Start date: March 25.
- Did you do the approach trail? Sort of – my driver and I got lost and I ended up starting near Nimblewill Gap, about the halfway point, so I did four miles of it.
- Days on the trail: 97 (summited June 30).
- Registered NOBO at Katahdin: 36
- Average miles per day: 25-30.
- Highest mileage day: 32 miles. I wasn’t about the big mile days- I focused on consistency.
- Body weight lost: 26 pounds (187 pounds to 161 pounds).
- Lowest mileage day (other than a zero): Seven miles.
- Zeros: Five.
- Did you even have fun?: Absolutely! A lot of “Type II” fun, but overall it was a wonderful experience.
- Favorite moment on the trail: Corny, perhaps, but summiting Katahdin with my brother and childhood friend was the best. I had been looking forward to that moment for a very long time.
- Pairs of shoes gone through: Five. They weren’t all trashed, but I had some feet issues that I tried to resolve with different footwear.
- Base weight: 12.5 pounds.
- Money spent: $2,500 on trail plus, about $500 in food for resupply boxes.
- Resupply boxes sent: 15.
- Was I sponsored? Sort of. I’m an ambassador for two companies, ManukaSport and SnapNutrition, and they provided me with free products to use during my hike.
- Injuries sustained: ITBS for about three weeks and painful tailor’s bunions that lasted the whole hike.
- Ibuprofen consumed: A lot – probably around 200 of the 200mg tablets. My bunions were murder.
- Favorite on-trail meal: Dinner at Woods Hole Hostel.
- Hostels and hotels stayed in: 20 (13 hostels, seven hotels)
- Favorite hostel: Rattle River Lodge. Super clean, awesome crew, fabulous breakfast. Runner-up: Boots Off Hostel or Shaw’s.
- Least favorite hostel: Laughing Heart or Uncle Johnny’s. They weren’t awful, but paled in comparison to places in the north.
- Favorite trail town: Waynesboro, VA.
- Amazon orders: Five.
- Longest hiked with someone else: 15 days through New England with my buddy Logs, but he torched me in the Whites.
- Easiest section for me: New England up until the Whites.
- Hardest section for me: Southern Maine.
- Favorite section: Shenandoah National Park and New England
- Least favorite section: Northern Pennsylvania into New Jersey. Not only because of the rocks, but also because it rained for about a week straight.
- Worst weather: 80 mph winds on Mount Washington. Going over those peaks were super sketchy and miserable.
- Favorite piece of gear: My pack – a Superior Wilderness Designs 40L long haul. Totally rocked.
That’s it for now. Comment below if I missed anything or if there’s something else you want to know.
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Congratulations – you crushed it!!
Dang. Logs must be pretty prodigious if he kicked your butt — a butt that hiked the entire AT in 98 days — in the Whites.
~Pony (AT’16; CT’15)
What is “type II” fun?