I’m stoked at receiving this bandanna!
At first I thought it was a misprint- 1,000,000 feet of elevation gain? That’s only 189.4 miles of uphills. I thought it was more!
I’ve been thinking about walking on the Applalchian Trail again this season, soon. For readers who poo-poo the difficulty of hiking the AT, here’s a mess of facts from Whiteblaze. The AT is tough. There are 286.6 miles of AT in Maine, with an average of 242 feet per mile of gain and loss. The article from Whiteblaze hot-linked above blew my mind. The author took all the USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps for the entire trail and actually counted the contour lines the trail crosses, going both up and down. New Hampshire is the hilliest, followed by Georgia, which might surprise some.
While Maine’s state average is not #1, one must consider that doing the AT in Maine is not a uniform task. The Northbound gain is 59,000 feet. The 151 mile eastern most portion of the state is more moderate ( 5,200 average for that first four sections) , while the 50 mile portion from the New Hampshire state line to Rangley is a brutal 18,800 feet, and is the toughest part of the whole Trail.
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