Appalachian Trail: Four State Challenge

May 17, 2007 at 6:31 am 5 comments

Here is an excerpt from the blog of the two thru-hikers Lud and I met on Kelly’s Knob.  From their Half Way post:

And, maybe the coolest part yet – The Traveler invented the quad-state challenge. The quad-state challenge involves walking from the Virginia/West Virginia border, doing all of West Virginia and all of Maryland and ending up in Pennsylvania – in ONE day. It’s a total of about 43.5 miles. Stash was so inspired by meeting this guy that he decided to try it. Remix decided to walk all of Maryland (still over 41 miles).

So, after eating dinner with The Traveler, Stash hiked backwards to the border of VA/WV during the night. After a restless night of sleep, he awoke at 2:45 and started hiking at 3:04 am. An hour later, when he reached Remix, he woke him up and kept going. After 40+ miles of hiking, Stash got to the Mason-Dixon line (the Maryland/PA border) at 6:04 pm – 15 hours of hiking. Remix had left an hour after Stash that morning and showed up right around 7:00 pm. Mission accomplished.

Wha-wha-what?!?  43.5 miles in one day?  43.5 miles in one day!!!  I’m just astonished and impressed.  I don’t know what else to say.

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  • 1. Unintentional Six State Challenge « TGAW  |  November 27, 2007 at 2:07 am

    […] 27, 2007 A while back I posted about the Four State Challenge on the Appalachian Trail where hikers cover over 40 miles in a single day to step foot in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland […]

  • 2. y0? » The Four State Challenge  |  September 4, 2008 at 12:14 am

    […] state line.) If someone can find such a resource, I’ll update this post with it when I can. Four State Challenge will work about as well as anything for describing what the challenge is. After grabbing some food […]

  • 3. Andrew Roebuck  |  March 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I want to hike this portion of the AT (not in one day thouugh!) Can you tell me where a good start/stop area is (w/parking). Is there defined camp areas along the way? Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks!!!!

    • 4. Will  |  July 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

      Penn Mar which i think is in PA maybe MD is a good place to start and then you go to Harper’s Ferry WV. Which happen’s to be the national location for the AT trail so look around there also. 2 great spots to camp. Sorry I don’t know what your camping abilities are to tell you where to stop in the middle.

      • 5. Melissa  |  May 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

        I’m embarking on this journey also 4 states in 4 days. Much more reasonable for me. But, I don’t see you you end up with 43 miles.? Harpers Ferry is not the end point that only puts you in WV?? I”m curious as to how everyone is saying 43 miles? My calculations show 62.? HELP…

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