Seems like people always want to know when they are halfway to somewhere they are going. No different for hikers. For AT hikers who started in Georgia, Harper’s Ferry bills itself as the ‘psychological’ halfway point. This is mostly wishful thinking by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy which is headquartered in HF.
The actual halfway point from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt Katahdan in Maine changes every year due to trail maintenance and rerouting. This year the halfway point occurs at mile 1094.9 at Dead Woman’s Hollow Rd in Pennsylvania. This is about 70 miles north of Harper’s Ferry. A small sign denotes the occasion.
A 2008 thru hiker made a more elaborate sign and placed it at that years halfway point. Due to the iconic nature of the sign most hikers treat it as the official halfway point even though it is not in exactly the right place.
Some hikers are really really excited to be halfway. Like this guy who hiked in 2011…
For hikers like us who started somewhere besides GA or ME these signs don’t mean as much. For now, all we can say is that we are exactly halfway to a point that is twice as far as we have travelled. That will have to be good enough for a while.
A couple milestones we did hit today: our first 20 mile day AND we’ve hiked 10% of the AT!
Onward and northward,
Miles hiked today: 20
AT miles completed: 220
AT miles to go: 1970