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The Phoenix
06-25-2009, 00:22
I love numbers, facts, and all of that junk... so I keep a running tally of a wide variety of useless stuff... you may find this stupid.

I have on my thru-hike... thus far... met hikers going from GA-ME from 45 out of the 50 states, 8 countries, and 4 Continents.

Most common home-states are PA, Ohio, NC, and to my suprise over 15 Michigan thru-hikers!

Most common profession retired or current military, teachers, and the younger group of hikers 20-30 over a dozen majored and are looking for jobs in environmental studies.

Common universities- Clemson, Va tech, App. State, Michigan, and UGA... all with 3 or more thru-hikers as Alum.

As for wild life... I have seen 33 snakes (3 rattlers and 1 copperhead... all photographed)
7 bear (some great photos)
A fox, many turtles, a trillion deer (several nice bucks) and the damn Rabid coon that chomped my skull!!!

I will get around to uploading pics of some of this stuff when I get a chance.

At the ATC I was #434... it took me around 70 days to get from Springer to Harper's.

I don't know if this is interesting... but I figured I'd post it:-?


-The Phoenix-

06-25-2009, 00:28
yeah stats are cool!!!what was the 5 states not represented? on the trail

06-25-2009, 02:44
awesome! looking forward to those pictures!

06-25-2009, 03:34
I actually think that your stats are very interesting. I'd be excited to see the final tallies. So keep jotting down that info :)

06-25-2009, 06:48
Very interesting. Thanks!

06-25-2009, 07:17
Keep us posted!!

Thank goodness you weren't counting white blazes.:)

06-25-2009, 07:28
We should send the phoenix out with a questionnaire.

"Hey Thru Hiker wanna take a survey?"

middle to middle
06-25-2009, 07:32
I enjoyed your stats.

06-25-2009, 20:42
Very interesting! I'm curious what the total number of thru-hikers you met was?

06-25-2009, 21:37
Thanks for posting. Interesting. People are cool. :)

06-25-2009, 22:08
How bout them Clemson Tigers.

06-26-2009, 12:57
Great post dude... love them stats! Anyone from Georgia Tech by chance?

double d
06-26-2009, 13:11
Phoenix, what day did you leave Springer Mt.? Congrats on your hike!

The Phoenix
06-26-2009, 22:21
I am missing South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Arkansas. I have met two gentlemen from Ga Tech and they are cruising. I started April 10 down at the falls.

I am probably going to hike a 150-240 mile section in between my 2 week and 4 week shots... then head down to The mason-dixon line where I left off... jump the section I did in between shots... I'd really like to finish up in Maine... only time can tell... all I know is I will be back on the AT asap.

Thanks for the support and well wishes...


-The Rabid Phoenix-

p.s. I couldn't tell you how many thru-hikers I have met... I'd guess a little under 200... maybe??

06-27-2009, 08:26
Great post! A rbid racoon chomped on your skull? Ouch!

Big Dawg
06-27-2009, 09:57
Cool stuff... thanks for sharing!

The Phoenix
08-03-2009, 14:31
After being sideline for around 5 weeks (minus a little section of NY with the ladyfriend) I am hitting the trail again. My thru-hike will be complete at Annapolis Rocks Maryland... I am excited to see my NOBO friends on my new SOBO adventure...

Hope to see some of yall out there... and hopefully keep you posted with my random facts of my journey...


-The Phoenix-

12-01-2009, 21:35
Good info! Thanks for sharing! 8Iron

12-02-2009, 02:02
O.K. You have to tell the racoon story.

I enjoyed the post. . . I like to ask people where they're from when I'm out there too. I've met some really interesting people on the AT, and love to find out their stories.