- 2000 Miler
Designation earned by any person who has hiked the official (white blazed) Appalachian Trail in its entirety.
The term is used as a matter of tradition (the original estimated length of the AT) and for continuity (rather than changing the designation each time the trail is rerouted).
Those who claim 2000-miler status should have hiked every mile of the AT between its termini, not just 2000 miles.
The sequence, direction, speed, or length of time in which each section is traversed and whether one carries a pack don't matter.
Equal recognition is given to thru-hikers and section hikers alike.
Ed's a "2000 Miler". He hiked the whole trail.