This is a progress report for October 26th, 2009:
It’s been 171 days since I began this project on May 5th. Since then, I have hiked every weekend, in three states, and just shy of 300 miles of trails. They hardest part of this project is finding the determination to get to the trailhead. Since my last report (35 days ago), I have hiked 13 times. I would have hoped to hike more than that but a few incidents kept me from the trail. First of all, the closure of the Angeles National Forest – my back yard – due to the Station Fire had me traveling out of my area to get onto a trail. (They reopened the foothill trails at the beginning of October.) Secondly, I strained my ankle on hike #62, which lead to a 7-day rest without any hiking. I’m about 90% recovered as of today, but still 2-3 hikes behind schedule.
I’ve got 65 days to hike 30 more times to reach my goal. In mid November, I’ll be leaving on a 22-day backpacking trip to South America where I hope to do a lot of hiking. However, I don’t think I’ll be adding any more hikes under my belt than if I stayed at home. Confused? Let me explain: The last time I was in South America, I hiked over 80 miles in three weeks. But those 80 miles were accomplished on just three hikes. I’ve already started to plan some of my hikes for this trip, and they’ll most likely be multi-day backpacking journeys as before. Despite the distance of the hikes and the strong desire to change the game to my advantage, I am resolute in keeping to my rules. One hike, no matter how long, equals one hike. It wouldn’t be right to accomplish this goal and say that my “100 hikes” were actually less than 100.
Although an “official” 100hikes.com hike needs to be at least two miles in length, my average is more than twice that number. I’ve hiked 298.5 miles in 70 hikes, averaging 4.3 miles a hike. Here’s a breakdown of my mileage. (Click on a bar to find out more info):
Here’s some numbers to ponder:
- Number of hikes completed: 70
- Number of days into project: 171
- Number of miles hiked: 298.5 miles
- Longest hike: 15.9 miles (Hike #48 – San Gorgonio Mountain)
- Hardest hike: Hike #21 (Telescope Peak, Death Valley)
- Furthest hike from home: Hike #38 (Terrebonne, Oregon – 851 miles from Arcadia, CA)
If you hike with me, you become a prestigious respected member of the “100 Hikes Club.” Although this past month had a lot of solo hikes, I did have a few new members join the club as well as a few old ones up their hiking numbers.
- Number of members: 48 (and three dogs)
- Top 5 ranking members:
- Dad (9 hikes: #30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 & 38)
- Mom (7 hikes: #30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37 & 38)
- Chris (5 hikes: #6, 21, 42, 44 & 63)
- Melanie (5 hikes: #5, 13, 26, 29 & 40)
- Samantha (4 hikes: #18, 21, 39 & 42)