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rob123ufl

01-25-2009, 22:56

hey ya'll,

I'm conducting some research on the trail and was wondering if anyone could direct me to relevant statistics about thru-hikers. For instance, how many people attempt/finish a thru-hike, how many men, how many women, crime, etc.

Thanks for your help and keep truckin'.

-ruby tuesday

I'll be right back with your link.

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.jkLXJ8MQKtH/b.851143/k.C36D/2000Milers_Facts_and_Statistics.htm

rob123ufl

01-26-2009, 19:28

thanks for your reply!

these are great stats on the ATC site, but I was wondering if there were sources external to the ATC that recorded stats as well. My research focuses on women specifically, and I was hoping to find some sort of data which could help me extrapolate the number of women who thru-hike.

any help is greatly appreciated.

-ruby tuesday

Jack Tarlin

01-26-2009, 19:51

Best info is still at the ATC website. Contact Laurie Potteiger, the Information Specialist and statistician if you need more data.

You might also find this interesting:

http://nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_ne276/gtr_ne276_115.pdf

I was contacted last year about someone who was interviewing female hikers of a certain age for an article. I'm not sure how much information she ended up collecting.

I second the notion that Laurie Potteiger of the ATC will probably be your best resource.

wcgornto

01-26-2009, 21:19

I don't know if it has the specific type of information you are looking for, but this book has a lot of statistical data based on a questionnaire completed by numerous thru hikers.

http://www.amazon.com/Long-Distance-Hiking-Lessons-Appalachian-Trail/dp/0070444587/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233019029&sr=1-14

Chenango

01-26-2009, 21:34

You might also find this interesting:

http://nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_ne276/gtr_ne276_115.pdf

I never saw this article before. Interesting. Thanks.