I’m overdue for a PCT wrap-up. Here are the stats I thought might be interesting…and countable.
Total miles: 2774
- 2652 official PCT miles
- 122 extra miles – fire detours, town stops, etc.
- ~20 miles per day average
Longest day: 30 miles (Most thru-hikers had much longer days than this. By the time I was in good shape to crank out the miles on easier terrain, my foot was complaining, so I resisted the temptation to push it, fearing that my injury would keep me from finishing. I have no regrets about this approach.)
Total days: 143
- 131 hiking days
- 10 zero days
- 2 nero (near zero) days – fewer than 10 miles
Total nights: 142
- 114 nights in a tent
- 8 nights cowboy camping (i.e. looking at the stars)
- 20 nights in lodging (hotel, motel, hostel, bunkhouse, etc)
Resupply stops: 28
- 11 packages
- 17 in-town resupplies*
*This number is a bit subjective, because every place I could buy something, I probably did. I only counted it as an in-town resupply when my food bag would not get me to the next resupply point and the stores in town were my primary source.
Pairs of shoes: 5
Pairs of earbuds: 7 – I didn’t have great luck with earbuds, but perhaps I was punished for being cheap.
Adding in other backpacking trips in 2018, including the “O” Circuit in Patagonia and part of Pennsylvania’s Mid State Trail, I exceeded 3000 miles for the year. I wonder whether I’ll ever surpass that mark again.