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Progress Report (September 21st) | 100 Hikes

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Progress Report (September 21st)

Posted By on September 21, 2009 in Blog, Motivation, Progress Reports | 16 comments

This is a progress report for September 21st, 2009:

It has been a tough ride since the last progress report (August 27th). The tragic Station Fire packed a one-two punch with the fires destroying some of my favorite trails  and the smoke keeping me from doing other hikes in the area. The graph below compares the number of hikes I should have completed so far (the blue line) with the number of hikes I have completed (the red line). You can see how my progress suddenly halted due to the fire. By September 11th, I was six hikes behind schedule, the biggest gap of this project to date.

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However, a planned expedition to the Southwest saved me. Along with visiting three states (Nevada, Utah, and Arizona), rolling over 2,000 miles on my car’s odometer, and exploring many of this country’s finest public lands, I also hiked.

I hiked a lot.

During the nine-day trip, I hiked over 50 miles in Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Whew!

Of the eleven hikes I went on, nine were “official” 100hike.com hikes but an additional two fell shy of the requirements (mainly due to being just shy of 2 miles in length). The week of travel not only renewed my spirit, but also brought me back on schedule to finish 100 hikes before the end of the year, something I had been worried about during the fires.

Here’s something fun for those of you who like numbers:

  • Number of hikes completed: 57
  • Number of days into project: 140
  • Number of miles hiked: 262.3 miles
  • Longest hike: 15.9 miles (Hike #48 – San Gorgonio Mountain)
  • Hardest hike: Hike #21 (Telescope Peak, Death Valley)
  • Furthest hike from home: Hike #38 (Terrebonne, Oregon – 851 miles from home)

If you hike with me, you become a prestigious respected member of the newly-formed “100 Hikes Club.”

  • Number of members: 44 (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 (5 hikes: #5, 13, 26, 29 & 40)
    • Chris (4 hikes: #6, 21, 42 & 44)
    • Samantha (4 hikes: #18, 21, 39 & 42)

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It has been a tough month for me having to cope with the losses in the Angeles National Forest, but your support during this time has kept me going.  Thank you.

16 Comments

  1. rickmccharles September 21, 2009

    Sweet.

    Looking forward to your 1000 hike resolution for New Years. Best lock up that domain name right now, … just in case.

  2. Shawnté September 21, 2009

    Congrats! I know that you'll make your goal, whether it's numeric or more esoteric…or both.

    (Also, I need to make it into the upper echelons of the Top 5 Ranking Members List!)

  3. jaydub2 September 22, 2009

    Hi! I just unsubscribed from your rss, and thought you might like to know why your numbers dropped by one: it's because wordpress isn't set to provide the full feed to an rss reader. Just thought I'd let you know! No need to publish this comment, it's just for you.

    J

  4. 100Peaks September 22, 2009

    Great job, keep it up! I hope to join the club when you come to San Diego.

    Derek

  5. thegrandbrix September 22, 2009

    I love the stats :) I can't believe you've already come so far!!
    ~Bree

  6. Kolby September 22, 2009

    Thank you, Derek. Good luck with your peaks project as well!

  7. Kolby September 22, 2009

    Hi, Bree! Yes, I'm a little surprised that I'm “over the hill.” It's been a fun ride and look forward to the last 40+ hikes. :-)

  8. Kolby September 22, 2009

    A thousand hikes! Now that would be something…

  9. September 24, 2009

    keep up the good work! when is your year 'cutoff' date? lemme know if you need any ideas.

  10. Kolby September 24, 2009

    Thanks, Zé! My cutoff date is December 31st! A popular misconception about my project is that I'm trying to hike 100 times in a year (365 days), however the actual goal set on May 5th is to hike 100 times by the end of the year (240 days). I recon I won't have a non-hiking weekend until 2010. LOL

  11. Kolby September 24, 2009

    Thanks, Zé! My cutoff date is December 31st! A popular misconception about my project is that I'm trying to hike 100 times in a year (365 days), however the actual goal set on May 5th is to hike 100 times by the end of the year (240 days). I recon I won't have a non-hiking weekend until 2010. LOL

  12. Kolby September 24, 2009

    Yes, I might need some suggestions since Angeles NF is closed for a while. Post them here if you don't mind. Thanks!

  13. September 24, 2009

    keep up the good work! when is your year 'cutoff' date? lemme know if you need any ideas.

  14. Kolby September 25, 2009

    Thanks, Zé! My cutoff date is December 31st! A popular misconception about my project is that I'm trying to hike 100 times in a year (365 days), however the actual goal set on May 5th is to hike 100 times by the end of the year (240 days). I recon I won't have a non-hiking weekend until 2010. LOL

  15. Kolby September 25, 2009

    Yes, I might need some suggestions since Angeles NF is closed for a while. Post them here if you don't mind. Thanks!

  16. DSD September 25, 2009

    1000 Hikes!
    Now that resonates well too, and you are still well on your way.
    Keep on treking Kolby!
    DSD

    PS Send me off an email soon so we can chat.

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