Fast Facts (Part 2)

Here are some more facts about the AT to stretch your mind:

–          When we finish we will register with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and will get a certificate…at least we hope so.

–          We will need to average around 12 miles a day. We will take zero days and our highest mileage day will be 23. That is, unless we decide to hike Maryland’s 35 miles in one day. It’s been done before.

–          People have told us to be prepared for a month long of rain

–          The Steripen is our water treatment source. It uses ultraviolet light to kill the bacteria and protozoa that live in the water and make a person sick.

–          There are shelters every 3 to 20 miles and often we will stay in or near one of these

–          We will encounter bears, but they will be more interested in our food than us. So, drop the pack and go the other way…

–          We will have 24 mail drops throughout our hike, our largest will be carrying 6 days worth of food

–          We will be packaging 90 breakfasts, 99 lunches and 90 suppers for our mail drops. The rest we will buy along the trail. Yes, there are grocery stores out there.

– So far, we have used 200 quart. 40 gallon, and almost 200 snack Ziploc bags. Anyone know the price of Ziploc stock?

– We will probably go through at least 3 pairs of boots/shoes while hiking the trail

– We will be preparing 60lbs of meat to make beef jerky which will be about 30lbs dried. Yes, we will actually eat all of this!

– The cost of our trek is about 1.5 – 2 dollars per mile, most of which is spent on food. This doesn’t include gear.

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About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

Posted on February 22, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You two are amazing! This will be the adventure of a lifetime. Steripen is an interesting device. I’ll have to look into it for my own adventures. And I want to see a picture of a bear!

  2. We will do our best! Hopefully the bears will be across the way and we have to use a really long zoom!

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