A Diverse Group
Eleven and counting...
Dr. John Davis (background) performing a graded exercise test at the Hiker Hostel.
The testing is going well. Eleven subjects so far with a goal of 50.
The physiology is very interesting, but the sociology/psychology of the thru-hikers is even more unique. Many have sold everything they have and are starting a new life. Yesterday, we had a guy who has cancer and only a short time to live start the trail. Ages range from 20 to 87 (I didn’t get to test the 87 year old). One hiked up to Maine, back down to Georgia and is heading right back up to Maine again. Many of them are totally unprepared physically and psychologically for the hike. Several don’t have the right equipment: Two were going to carry guns and one was carrying a machete!!!! Needless to say a very diverse group.
I am very hopeful that I will get at least 50 subjects. The data will be very interesting to say the least.
Posted: Fri, March 16th, 2007 at 12:04AM