Statistics about the Appalachian Trail very intriguing

6/28/16 at 9:20am

Being in my 60’s, I find statistics about the Appalachian Trail very intriguing!!! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has been keeping records about the trail and those who hike it since the trail began in 1937. Here are some interesting statistics I have found:

-The AppalachianTrail is the longest continuous foot path in the world at 2,189 miles.

-Hiking the entire A.T. is a grueling and demanding endeavor. The terrain is mountainous for its entire length, with an elevation gain and loss equivalent to hiking Mt. Everest from sea level and back 16 times.

-It is estimated to take approximately 5 million
steps to complete the trail.

-Since the trail began in 1937 approximately
12,000 people have thru hiked the trail (hiked
the entire trail within a 12 month period).

-Of those 12,000 more than half were in their
20’s.

-Less than 500 of those were in their 60’s.

– 25 of those in their 70’s & 1 in their 80’s.

-the remainder were broken up fairly evenly
In their 30, 40 & 50’s.

-One in every four people who set out to do a
thru hike complete it.

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