Throughout his years of postgraduate study in marine biology, New Yorker Christian Heesch has spent many days hiking around the country. Throughout his many treks and trail adventures he has learned many interesting facts about hiking.
- The Appalachian trail, a two thousand two hundred mile route carved through the Eastern United States, runs from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The trail passes through the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. The fastest recorded hike through the Appalachian trail was set in 2011 by Jennifer Pharr Davis. She completed the entire hike in just over forty six days and eleven hours. To complete her trek, Ms. Davis needed five new pairs of shoes, a brand new set every nine days of walking.
- Hiking is a sport and recreational activity that is popular in the United States. In 2007, it is estimated that more than thirty one million Americans hiked a trail of varying length. These statistics were gathered by the American Recreation Foundation which is based in Illinois.
- The longest hiking trail in the United States is the North Country National Scenic Trail. This four thousand six hundred mile trek starts in Crown Point, New York and ends in Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. Hikers who attempt this trail will pass through the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. There are many outstanding national landscapes and environmental features to view while hiking this trail.
- The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is three thousand one hundred miles long, or sixteen million three hundred sixty eight thousand feet. This epic trail runs from Mexico to Canada, following the geographic region known as the Continental Divide. For much of the trail, hikers trek in a parallel line to the Rocky Mountains. For the roughly two hundred people who attempt the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail each year, it takes them an average of six months to complete their journey.
- In the state of Montana, Glacier National Park offers hikers more than seven hundred thirty miles of trails. The park was named as a World Heritage Site in 1995, and sits close to the city of Columbia Falls, Montana.
- In the 1930s, the Mountaineers climbing organization created a list of ten essential items for hiking and mountaineering. These items are meant to be taken of every trip in case of emergency or an unscheduled overnight stay outdoors. The ten essentials are a map, sun protection, flashlights, fire-starter, a knife, a compass, extra clothing, first aid supplies, matches, and extra food. These are items that Christian Heesch always packs.