This is a progress report for December 17th, 2009:
It has been a crazy month! Not only am I coming down on the final few hikes, but I covered a lot of distance since the last progress report (on November 17th). It has been 226 days since I began this project on May 5th. Since my last update, I traveled to South America for an enjoyable exploratory journey through Chile and Bolivia. While down south, I had a medical emergency (I’m OK now) which caused me to go a weekend without a hike, the first time this has happened since starting this project. I was bummed, but my health is, of course, more important than a hike.
While in South America, I completed seven amazing hikes. I ran from a homeless camp in Santiago, Chile for hike #84, I slogged through 4-6 inches of mud for hike #87, I climbed a snow-covered active volcano for hike #88, and explored the ruins of an ancient Andean civilization for hike #90. For my 34th birthday, I spent the day hiking along the shores of Lake Titicaca (Hike #89). I camped in one of my favorite spots on this planet: Isle del Sol (Island of the Sun). I had been there five years ago and was very happy to make the return trip. The two-day hike was 15.5 miles, just shy of my longest trek for this project.
More info after the graph…
So the moment is near! I’ve got 14 days left in the year to hike the remaining 7 hikes. I’ve scheduled out the hikes and I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to do them all. I’ve worked out a “plan b” and “plan c” just in case one or more of the final hikes falls through for some reason and I need to reschedule before December 31st.
My final hike will be on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 30th. I’ve chosen the location of the 100th hike. In fact, I chose the location back in May: Echo Mountain in Altadena, CA. I did this trail for my first hike, then again on hike #25, I missed the opportunity for hike #50 (due to the Station Fire), but completed it as planned for hike #75. It seems appropriate that I end this project where it all began.
Before I complete the milestone 100th hike, I’ll be passing another milestone: my 400th mile. I completed hike #93 this morning, bringing my total mileage to 393.3, averaging 4.2 miles a hike. Here’s a breakdown of my mileage. (Click on a bar to find out more info):
As far as my blogging, I’ve fallen waaay behind, and I apologize for that. It’s time consuming to edit the photos, post the GPS data, edit the videos, and write up the details of the hike. The good news is that I’ll have more free time to do all of this in the new year, after I’ve completed the hiking aspect of this project. I’m excited to show you all of the wonderful things I’ve seen over the past 6 months! For those of you who are following my Tweets, I’ve started to post photos from the remaining hikes – a sneak preview of what’s to come on this blog.
So don’t go anywhere in 2010 – there’s still a lot to be seen in the new year!
Here’s some numbers to ponder:
- Number of hikes completed: 93
- Number of days into project: 226
- Number of miles hiked: 393.3 miles
- Longest hike: 15.9 miles (Hike #48 – San Gorgonio Mountain)
- Hardest hike: Hike #21 (Telescope Peak, Death Valley)
- Furthest hike from home: Hike #86 (Villarrica, Chile – 5,864 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.
- Number of members: 57 (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)