This is a progress report for November 17th, 2009:
It’s been 192 days since I began this project on May 5th. Since then, I have hiked every weekend, in three states, and more than 300 miles of trails. They hardest part of this project is finding the determination to get to the trailhead – especially on weekday mornings. Since my last report (on October 26th), I have gone on 13 hikes – half of those hikes were done in a single weekend.
In order to reach my goal of 100 hikes by December 31st, I’ve got to do 17 more hikes. I’m confident I’ll be able to do it – especially after last weekend. I went to the Mojave National Preserve and was somehow able to have the energy to complete six hikes in 48 hours. I’m currently two hikes ahead of schedule!
On Thursday, 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, just as my previous trip. Despite the long distances 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 still stays over twice that number. I’ve hiked 338.5 miles in 83 hikes, averaging 4.1 miles a hike. If I keep this average, I might break 400 miles by the end of the year. (Maybe that will be a goal-within-a-goal I should aim for?) 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: 83
- Number of days into project: 192
- Number of miles hiked: 338.5 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: 53 (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)
- Melanie (6 hikes: #5, 13, 26, 29, 40 & 74)
- Chris (5 hikes: #6, 21, 42, 44 & 63)
Three-way tie for third:
- Samantha (4 hikes: #18, 21, 39 & 42)
- Bob (4 hikes: #28, 72, 73, 75)
- Sharon (4 hikes: #22, 23, 25 & 76)