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.