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Adventurer of the Year: The Walking Man

Seven months and 6,875 miles (11,064 kilometers) in nothing but wildlands
—now that's the way to see the West.
Text by Daniel Duane   Photograph by Brent Humphreys

Photo: Andrew Skurka

Page 1  |  Page 2: Hiking Stats  |  Page 3: Top Stops in the American West

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The Life of a Fastpacker
Calories consumed per day:

Calories burned per day:
(He makes up the difference by
bingeing in towns along the way.)

Walking hours per day:

Sleeping hours per day:

Pairs of shoes worn through after 6,875 miles (11,064 kilometers):

Days spent off-trail in seven months:

Longest stretch, in miles, between food and clothing resupplies:
380 (612 kilometers)

Approximate number of Balance Bars eaten over seven months:

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