HikeMore Online Newsletter - Appalachian Trail Edition, Spring 2004

 

AT Survey Guide

Getting Ready
Background Info
Making Time
Start Dates
Routes
Mail Drops
Bounce Boxes

Backpacking Gear
Top Twelve
Sent Home
Best Gear
Worst Gear
Replacements
Top Brands
First Aid
Water Treatment
Maps / Guides
Seasonal Changes
Backpack Weight

Health
Insurance
Sickness
Pain / Problems

Vitamins
Weight Loss

Trail Food
Supply
Top 5 Foods
Recipes

Danger on the Trail

After the Trail
End Dates
Cost
Hiking Again
Favorite Sections
Biggest Surprise
Best of the Trail
Worst of the Trail
Lessons Learned

 

Appalachian Trail 2003 Hiker Survey

The majority of survey responses we received were from northbound thru-hikers, so these results are therefore representative of their experiences. To date we have received 49 replies to our Appalachian Trail survey. According to the ATC, there were 503 hikers that reported finishing the AT in 2003.

 

Getting Ready

What kind of person makes the decision to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail? Are there many plans made, or is it done entirely in the spirit of freedom? Preparation and hiking style obviously varies according to the individual hiker, but some choices seem to outweigh others.

 

Background Information

Age

Under 18
6%
19 - 25
17%
26 - 30
33%
31 - 40
23 %
41 - 50
13%
51 - 60
8%
Over 60
0%

Sex

Male
65%
Female
35%

Occupation

Appalachian Trail hikers definitely come from all walks of life, and we found our survey replies brought a wide variety of careers and lifestyles. There were many of the stereotypical responses: unemployed, graphic artists, and musicians. There were also a surprising number of hikers who worked in computer and technology fields. Others included an attorney, veterinarian, geologist, financial analyst - the list goes on. Once on the Trail, though, we quickly learn that what goes on in our regular lives has little, if nothing, to do with the Trail experience.
 

Making Time to Hike

After receiving the results from the survey, we weren't surprised to find out that about half the people hiking the Appalachian Trail had to quit their jobs to achieve this great accomplishment. After all – we quit ours...

Below is a graph showing this in more detail:

Student
2%
Retired
6%
Leave of Absence
19%
Unemployed
23 %
Quit Job
46%
Other
6%
 

Info on thru-hiker start dates coming soon. Please check back in a few days.

 

Next > More Info on Getting Ready

 

FEATURES:
Hiking the AT in 2003
Danger on the Trail
Agony of the Feet
Appalachian Trail Documentary
Appalachian Trail 2003 Survey Results
Trail Food Ideas and Recipes
Comics - Coming Soon
Trail Days in Damascus

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