Why the long miles?

Thinking about the different long distance trails here in the US, why are PCT hikers so much faster, and their miles per day (mpd) so much higher on average than AT hikers?   Myself I did a handful of 20s and only 1 30 on the AT, and I was faster than most.  This is bush-league stuff for most PCT hikers.  Why the disparity?

If you’d like to vote, you can pick more than 1 option. I think it’s probably a combination of a few.

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Smokebeard has hiked the 2652 mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest adventure was a 3 week thruhike of the 273 mile Long Trail in Vermont.

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