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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 27, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Oct 18th, 2008
Start: Home
End: Home
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 2,631.4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,569
Journal Visits: 153,699
Guestbook Views: 84,282
Guestbook Entrys: 155

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Some Statistics

First off, many many thanks to Wes who on his own initiative and due to his own generosity collected my key trail data into a spreadsheet --- wonderful.

I started on April 27th from the southern PCT terminus near the Mexican Border and finished at the northern Terminus at the Canadian border on Sept 16th, then after 7 days off I did the parts I had skipped due to fires in California, with final finish on Oct 4th.

So 161 total days, from April 27 to Oct 4th
  • that's 5 months and 8 days (five literal months plus 4 days each in April and October)
  • 161 days is exactly 23 weeks, or 44% of a full year
If you ignore the two big chunks of time I took off --- a week off due to foot problems and then time after reaching Canada before I started again in NorCal --- then:

Since I walked the whole trail, total mileage walked ended right about at 2664. There are some pluses there but they balance out pretty well.

Using 145 days and 2664 miles, that averages to about 18.4 miles per day.

Apart from the two big chunks of time off, I took a total of 13 Zero days, at each of:

Warner Springs, Agua Dulce, Mojave, Kennedy Meadows, Independence (2), Mammoth Lakes (2), Seiad Valley, Ashland, Snoqualmie Pass, and Stehekin (2) FWIW, if all zero's were removed, but Nero's kept in, I had 132 days where I did at least some hiking each day, and my per-day mileage for those 132 days was 20.2 miles per day

That included 12 Nero days of 10 miles or less and another 12 Nero days of 10 to 15 miles.

I only did 30 or more miles in a day four times (my longest day was 32.4 miles): Sierras: If the four zero days are removed (2 each in Independence and Mammoth Lakes) then I took 19 days of actual hiking to go from Kennedy Meadows to Sonora Pass

There are perhaps a host of other potential statistics, but the above are what seemed obvious to me from the data I have available. If someone reading this has others to suggest, please post in my guestbook!

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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