I just finished planning my section hike using maps i ordered from the AT conservancy. Originally i had planned to do this in 18 days but the plan came out to 16 days and i can actually hike up to 20 days if i need to. I am an experienced kayak camper but have never done any overnight hiking. I live in Fl and there is nothing to hike here. I am going to start in hot springs NC and hike to Damascus VA. According to the maps and my math, I can do it in 16days at an average of 11.95 miles per day. Right now I have my packs base weight down to 24lbs, I think thats pretty good and i may be able the shed another pound or so if i get the new thermarest xlite that i want.
What is a realistic hikable distance per day on the trail. Im in good shape, 5-11 145lbs. I run a mile in 7min. and im already training for the hike by walking 5 miles every other day with the pack on.