Soup Stats: Georgia
That Sweet Sweet Data
I keep a daily journal on my phone where I document many things pertaining to my thru-hike. I love organizing and sharing data so I thought I’d give y’all a glimpse into how I made it through Georgia. Let’s get to it!
Total AT Miles Hiked: 86.3 miles (includes 8.3 miles of approach trail)
Bonus Miles Hiked: 2.1 miles of spur trails
Full Days of Hiking: 8 days
Number of Days I Zero’d*: 2 days
*A zero is a day where you hike zero miles.
Number of Days I Nero’d*: 1 day
*A Nero is “nearly a zero”, typically occurring when one hikes a few miles to get to a resupply and/or a night indoors.
(Not to be confused with Nero the fifth and final Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty of the Roman empire, who has nothing to do with my thru-hike.)
AT Miles Hiked/Total Days Hiked: 10.8 miles per day
AT Miles Hiked/Total Days Since Start Date: 7.9 miles per day
Most AT Miles Hiked in a Day: 19.0 miles
You can read about that day in my most recent post.
Least AT Miles Hiked in a Day: 1.7 miles, when I nero’d into Hiawassee to dry off.
Most AT Miles Hiked in a Three Day Period: 32.0 miles (19+13+0)
Days Hiked with Others: 5 days
Days Hiked Alone: 3 days
Nights I Slept in the Rain: 3 (consecutive) nights
Nights I Slept in a Shelter: 0 nights
Times I Couldn’t Find My Bear Can in the Morning: 1 time
It was 5:00am. I had to poop. My poop kit was in the bear can. It took me 30 minutes of crashing through brambles to find the correct fallen tree I had tucked it in.
Number of Thru-hikers I’ve Met: 44 hikers
This includes anyone I interacted long enough to learn they were thru-hiking and then remembered to document that I met them. I have seen more hikers than I’ve met.
Instances of Trail Magic: 5 instances
All of them food-based. This ranges from section hikers giving me a ziploc of cookies to a dad and his daughter setting up a grill for hotdogs in Wayah Gap.
Photos Taken: 147 photos
Bears Seen: 0 bears
Bears Imagined: All of them
Number of Items Sent Home: 4 items
- Bidet attachment I never used.
- One person tent that I swapped for a two person tent.
- My 4th pair of socks that seemed excessive.
- A pair of toe socks that I popped a hole in with my big toe. These socks were replaced.
Number of Times I Thought I Lost Something Only to Find it Later: 3 times
- My tent stake bag. Found in bottom of my tent stuff sack three days later.
- My ziploc of toilet paper. Found in my raincoat pocket two days later.
- My tent stuff sack. Found in the sling pocket of my backpack one day later.
Number of Toe Socks I Popped My Big Toe Through: 2 socks
The pair I started with and the pair that replaced the first pair. Currently wearing the second pair without complaint.
Clif Bars Consumed: 21 bars
- Favorite Flavors: Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Banana
- Least Favorite Flavor: Chocolate Brownie
Bags of Pepperoni Consumed: 4 bags
Restaurant Meals: 3 meals
- Mexican Restaurant in Hiawassee
- Sandwich Restaurant in Hiawassee
- Pizza in Hiawassee
Times I Cooked A Hot Meal on Trail: 6 times
Hot Meals Consumed on Trail:
- Instant potatoes (3 times)
- Knorr Pasta/Rice Side (2 times)
- Oatmeal (1 time)
Despite what this stat indicates, I actually do not care for instant potatoes. I ate them the first 3 days and then gave them up. Knorr sides are my current go to dinner.
Items I Left at a Hiker Box*:
- Unsalted, unshelled pumpkin seeds
- Half a dozen packs of instant oatmeal
- Two packs of instant potatoes
*A hiker box is a community box used to leave behind food or gear that you no longer want, but another hiker may find useful. They are most commonly found at hostels and outfitters.
Liters of Water Consumed: 34 Liters
Most Water Consumed in a Day: 7 Liters
It was the 19 mile day.
Number of Showers Taken: 4 showers
Number of Times I Laundered My Clothes: 2 times
Shuttles Utilized: 4 shuttles
Two independent shuttle drivers in and out of Tesnatee Gap. Around the Bend’s shuttle in and out of Dick’s Creek Gap
Nights in a Hotel or Hostel: 4 nights
Two at the Hiawassee Holiday Inn. Two at Around the Bend hostel.
Blog Posts Created on Trail: 3 posts
Instagram Posts Created on Trail: 2 posts
Phone Calls to Family: 9 calls
Number of Times I Cried on Trail: 2 times
Both at night in the first week when I was missing my partner and wishing she was with me.
Times I Thought About Quitting My Hike: 3 times
Mostly when checking in with myself and making sure I wanted to be out here. Said differently, I was reminding myself that it’s OK to be done at anytime.
Times I Thought Seriously About Quitting: 0 times
This trail is where I need to be right now. Plus, I’m enjoying myself too much to want to be done this early.
That’s all for now!
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about this data or if there is something you felt was missing that you’d like to see on future editions of Soup Stats. I plan on doing these for significant border crossings or mileage milestones. As always, thank you for reading!
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