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Fun Facts for Hikers


What is it about hiking that has us on our feet?Hiker

There are more then few folks who just don’t get it. After all it is an awful lot of work and in the end it’s not like your getting anything from it. Of course I totally disagree, the rewards for all that toil is often a view that can be seen from no where else but the top of that next rise, or a sunset that is beyond beauty. The more tangible benefits are of course an elevated heart rate (in a good way), fresh air and open skies and a chance to explore places not everyone gets to see. Still, not everyone buys into that. So we thought we would look at a bigger picture of hiking, and find the following nuggets of hiking facts, stats, averages, and other numbers:

7,325: Miles. Sum length of the Triple Crown (Appalacian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails combined)

420,880: Feet. Elevation change in the 2,663 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

46:11:20: Time, days:hours:minutes. Record set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011 for the fastest through-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

5: Pairs. Shoes used up by Davis on her record-setting trek. That’s a new pair every 9 days.

31 million: Americans. According to the American Recreation Foundation this is the number of Americans who hiked a trail in 2007.

4,600: Miles. Longest hike in the U.S., North Country National Scenic Trail. From Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota to Crown Point, New York.

16,368,000: Feet. Length of Continental Divide Trail. That’s 3,100 miles.

734: Miles. Sum of the length of all hiking trails in Glacier National Park.

10: Essentials. As dictated by The Mountaineers, a climber’s organization, in 1930 for establishing what you need to react positively to an accident or emergency, and to spend an unexpected night outside. In order: Map, Compass, Sunglasses and sunscreen, Extra clothing, Headlamp/flashlight, First-aid supplies, Firestarter, Matches, Knife, Extra food.

2003: Year. The Mountaineers updated their 10 Essentials in the 2003 edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills to the following: Navigation (map and compass), Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen), Insulation (extra clothing), Illumination (headlamp/flashlight), First-aid supplies, Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles), ulta-light towels/blankes, Repair kit and tools, Nutrition (extra food), Hydration (extra water), Emergency shelter

1989: Year. A river guide started a little company that makes sandals. Chaco. You know the one.

10-20: Percentage. Suggested backpack weight for children as a percentage of their body weight. For example, a 50 lbs child should carry backpack that weighs 10 lbs — or until they start whining about numb arms. Which ever comes first. Keep the peace. Try bribery with candy, then move on to reducing weight.

31: Satellites. The Global Positioning System (GPS) operates on a constellation of 31 satellites that orbit the earth on 6 orbital planes at an altitude of 12,600 miles in a fashion that puts nearly all points on the planet in line of sight with at least 6 satellites at any given time.

14,505: Elevation. Mount Whitney is the tallest peak in the 48 U.S., and also the tallest “hikeable” peak (vs climbable) by a trail 22 miles round trip.

6,288: Elevation. Tallest hikeable peak in New England, Mt. Washington.

13: Length. Miles of longest slot canyon, Buckskin Gulch in Utah.

800: Approximated average. Number of hikers who would hike Half Dome on a busy holiday or weekend day in Yosemite before the current permit system went into place. The NPS now allows just 400 people on the trail in a day, and a permit is required.

21: Distance. A rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon using South Kaibab and North Kaibab trails is 21 miles long. A hard 21 miles.

517: Calories. Man weighing 190 lbs will burn this in one hour of hiking.

440: Calories. A woman who weighs 163 lbs will burn this in an hour of hiking.

Roy Barnes Lightload Towels Product Review


Roy Barnes writes

Invented by long trail hiker George “Wideload” Wheeler, the biodegradable Lightload Towel is great for your travel bathing needs. This Lightload Towel for travel is 3 feet by 5 feet in size and is purported to hold 9 times its weight in water. Amazingly, the Lightload Towel only weighs 5 ounces, which makes it very compact for travel!

Here’s my review on this product: When I first opened the package, the Lightload Towel was really wrapped tightly, about the size of a bagel, and had to be undone as if you would electrical tape. The feel of this product was rather coarse. The Lightload Towel not only looks like a very durable mechanics towel, but it has a rather strong scent, so get it washed with your detergent of choice to rid the factory odor, which isn’t that pleasant. Besides sanitary considerations, it is much softer feeling once out of the washer and dryer. This towel is durable enough to withstand the agitation and cleaning action of the wash machine.

This travel product is compressed so well at the factory, that it is virtually impossible to get it as tightly wrapped for ensuing attempts to make it as small as possible. So unless you are an expert folder, the size of the towel space will increase to around the area of two bagels, even though the website for this towel claims that it fits easily in one’s pocket. Unfortunately, I can’t attest to that claim after initially opening the product and then trying to make it factory-sized compact again. Now, two bagels’ size is still very compact when compared to traditional beach towels, so that’s a real positive aspect of the Lightload Towel.

What I found really incredible about this travel product is the feel on the skin after a shower. It felt really soft, and did absorb the water off of my body well! As for my wet hair, I had to rub it out more so than I would with a traditional thick cotton towel. I will still give the Lightload Towel a passing grade, as it is definitely worthy for those times when you may not have access to more traditional and bulkier bath towels, like for some travel excursions.

Was Given a Lightload Towel Three Pack

“was given 3-pack a couple of years ago as a stocking stuffer gift  from my father-in-law (I suspect he found them at BackpackingLight or REI) and I’ve since picked up another 3-pack with nearly every REI order. I’ve found them to be useful in a wide range of activities first aid   kit, survival kit, backpacking and camping. Of course, their packability can’t be matched – a huge perk for those of us crammed into small quarters in NYC. I decided that this year, I would add. them to reusable bags as my stocking stuffer gifts – and have a supply left over for me. Thanks”Mike

The Beach Towel That Fits in Your Pocket

This is just what the world adventurer and traveler needs. I think the lightload Beach Towels www.ultralighttowels.com are neat. They really take up little space and can be used for so much like a bug repellent, first aid supplement, sun bloc and much more. They are wind scarves in winter or cool weather(they wick away the water). I know they don’t last forever but that is the beauty of it, a biodegradable towel.