Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike, only about one in four make it all the way.
In 2016 3,377 thru-hikers started at Springer Mtn, GA. 1,535 made it to Harpers Ferry WV (roughly 1/2 way). There were 620 completions reported.
There have been 17,510 documented thru-hikes since the Appalachian Trail was formed in 1936.
The number of thru-hikers in their 60’s is fewer than 500.
I am 59 1/2. Wish me luck!