Trail 2003 Hiker Survey
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.
issues can be a concern for those who plan to be hiking the
Appalachian Trail for months at a time. There are many potential
dangers and sicknesses that a hiker will be exposed to, including
physical injuries from the repetetive work of hiking, diseases
stemming from the environment's animals and water, and common
illnesses that can be exasperated by lack of nutrition and
rest. The main thing to remember is to use common sense, listen
to your body. Don't push yourself farther than you know you
should, and take care of problems right away - before they
force you off of the trail for good.
those who reported getting sick while hiking the Appalachian
Trail, 42% labeled it as a "24 hour flu." In 2003
particularly, many hikers felt their flu bug was somehow linked
to Erwin, Tennessee and/or Damascus, Virginia. It's unclear
whether the bug came from the hostels, a restaurant, the woods,
or simply from too many dirty hikers traveling together.
you get sick on your hike?
ailments while hiking the trail included: pneumonia, kidney
stones, hypothermia, toenail infection, colds, rhotovirus,
rashes, ingrown toenails, sprained ankle, spider bite, poison
ivy, food poisoning, and a mix of nausea, diarrhea, dehydration,