Why adding up the mileage a person hiked is not a useful metric for gauging outdoor “expertise.”
Just a term I use to describe a certain mentality and type of hiking.
The capital “H” means long trails with a designated route. The answer is no. And probably not for a while.
Thru-hikers have extensive experience in the outdoors. But it is a very specialized experience.
A guide for planning long hikes on The Colorado Trail. Town info, resupply, alt routes, and general info. Revised April 2017.