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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Oct 29th, 2009
Trip Distance: 2,448.4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 6,062
Journal Visits: 186,888
Guestbook Views: 6,136
Guestbook Entrys: 35

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Flowers in Goat Rocks, Aug. 14, 2008

Useless Statistics

I’ve been off the trail for more than a year now and even though I swore I would never hike so far again, I’m getting nostalgic and missing the trail. Plus, the memories of the most miserable bits are starting to fade. While reminiscing about my hike, I compiled this list of useless statistics and thought I would share:

Total days of the adventure (excluding 15 days off mid trip): 124

Days hiking more than 10 miles: 102

Nero days (arbitrarily defined as less than 10 miles): 7

Zero days: 15

Total miles hiked on the PCT: 2448.4

Average miles per day excluding zeroes and neroes: 23.5

Longest day: 39.2 miles (the last day)

Shortest day: 2.4 miles (slack packing from KM store to the campground)

Days over 30 miles: 18

Days over 25 miles: 39

Pairs of shoes used: 4

Resupply points: 25

Mailed resupply packages: 9

On-trail support crew visits: 11

Longest distance between resupplies: 174.4 miles/9 days (Kennedy Meadows to VVR)

Shortest distance between resupplies: 29.4 miles/1.5 days (VVR to Reds Meadow)

Average distance between resupplies: 99.3 miles

Most water carried: 8 liters (day 1)

Least water carried: 1 liter (most days, High Sierra)

Days with rain, hail, or snow: 22

Really hot days (90 deg. F or higher): 11

Frosty days or nights (below 32 deg. F): 25

Days with mosquitoes: 67

Days with really bad mosquitoes: 21

Nights in a tent: 77

Nights cowboy camping: 25

Nights in a real bed: 37 (including 17 nights at home, mid-trip)

Hot showers (not including those at home): 39

Longest period without seeing another human: 74 hours

Longest period without seeing another through-hiker: 8 days

Hitch-hiked rides: 3

Rattle Snakes: 5

Bears: 4

Mountain Lions: 1

Coyotes: 4

Bald Eagles: 1

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Tales From The Crest

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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