Number Crunching my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike
When most people decide to undertake a thru-hike they consider keeping a journal or writing a blog.
I’m not one of those people.
Being a mathematics major I decided to do something more to the tune of the most insane number-crunching data collection ever on a thru-hike.
Every day I kept and catalogued everything that I did and saw, ranging from the number of people seen, chipmunks, moose scat, showers taken, money spent, miles completed, and much much more. It was very tedious but my end result is now a neatly compiled excel document for your viewing pleasure!
It’s been sitting on my computer for a year now (I thru-hiked in 2015) and I wanted to share it with the community in case any prospective thru-hikers are curious or want a better idea of what to expect.
Here are some of the highlights from this data. You can see the full day by day spreadsheet breakdown at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
Days on Trail
Average Daily Mileage
Days Below Freezing
Number of Times Purchased Food
Ticks Embedded on Body
Times Doing Laundry
Days with Rain
Resupplies in Town
Nights at Campsites
Nights at Hostels
Nights at Shelters
Nights at Trail Angels
Nights at Motels
Yellow Jacket Stings
Check out the full spreadsheet breakdown below.
Let me know what you think!
-Robert ‘Butter Bar’ Beaumont
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