As Hansel and Gretel get further north, they have been considering doing “The Maryland Challenge” in which they would hike the entire state of Maryland in one day. It is about 41 miles- by far the longest hike they will have ever taken. They shared their thoughts on completing this challenge with Red Wood, another thru-hiker. He had no intentions of following in their footsteps. 41 miles was well beyond anything he was interested in doing in one day. But it did get him thinking about another “challenge” he will be adding to the list of Thru-Hiker Challenges.
He is calling it “The West Virginia Challenge.” (For those of you who don’t know, West Virginia happens to be less than 6 miles long.) Here is the challenge: You must do West Virginia as slowly as you possibly can.
1. You must camp no further than 100 feet off the trail (this prevents people from sleeping comfortably in hotels for days at a time).
2. You can only stay in the same location for 2 days or less.
3. You must move at least 50 feet on the trail each time you make a new camp.
4. You can not go backwards.
5. It only counts if you finish the entire AT
West VA = < 6 miles