Interesting Tidbits about the Trail
The AT is the longest “hiking-only” footpath in the world.
It is roughly 2,200 miles of hiking trail through the Appalachian Mountain Range in the Eastern United States
The Trail travels through 14 different states
The elevation gain/loss of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest 16 times.
Less than 15,000 people have completed a successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Even more interesting (particularly when applied to this story), since 1958, less than 500 people, 60 and over, have thru-hiked the AT.
Each year, 2500 people attempt to thru-hike the AT, Only about 625 make it.