I’m a little bit of a numbers geek, so naturally I wanted to know how much money Rt and I spent on our thru-hike. We asked previous year’s hikers on Facebook how much they had spent on their trips while researching for our own. The general consensus was about $5000 per person for six months of hiking. That number can vary wildly with factors such as how much gear you already own, how many off trail expenses you are paying, and how much you are willing to spend in towns. Five thousand was the most common number thrown around for … Continue reading The Monetary Costs of a Thru-Hike
May 28th All of our food now has to be carried inside of bear canisters, from now through the next couple hundred miles of mountains. Bear cans are big, bulky, bear-proof containers that bears cannot break into. They can still smell the food through them, so instead of keeping them in our packs at night we hide them hundreds of feet away from our camp spot so that if any bears are attracted by the food smell they will attack the can instead of ripping our bags and tents apart. We’ve also gotten into the habit of eating our dinner … Continue reading Day 48 -Mountain Tops
May 19th Our tent was well protected by a juniper bush, keeping us safe from most of the wind throughout the night. But the wind kicked our butts once again as we started hiking. The wind’s power dissipated as the day went on, and the weather turned out to be quite nice. We had sights of the desert and the town of Mojave to one side, and forested hills on the other. The day was pretty uneventful. The scenery didn’t change much (read: still more windmills everywhere) and we saw very few people. This portion of the trail is very … Continue reading Day 39 – Butt Sap
We woke up early this morning to the sound of snoring hikers. Several people had trickled in from Campo the night before and the hiker campsite was brimming with ultrlight tents. Rt and I had plans to be on trail by 6:30 but we ran into a hitch in the form of our external battery. My phone was dead and somehow the external had been turned on during the night and was dead as well. We ended up spending an extra hour at Lake Morena sitting by the outlet charging my phone. The timing worked out that as we were … Continue reading Day 3 – Cibbets Flat and On
A frenzy of tasks at hand! It started off simple. Today we needed to purchase our food for the beginning of the trail and put our packs together. But now, panic! We didn’t follow our own instructions, and accidentally mailed our first resupply through UPS. Fail! It was sent back, not accepted as general delivery. We had to resend the package through USPS (don’t make the same mistake we did!) and could only hope we would get it on time. Then we realized, oh crap, our expected arrival date was wrong. We had flipped the order of two of the … Continue reading Last Planning Day – What Are We Doing!?
The whole pack! GENERAL GEAR Item Description Cost ($) Weight (oz) Tent Tarptent Double Rainbow w/liner 342 41 Sleeping Bag Zpacks Down Solo Sleeping Bag 455 20.4 Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack Zpacks Medium Plus Stuff Sack – 1 Backpack Deuter Futura Vario 50 + 10 160 70 Sleeping Pad Klymit Inertia O-Zone 70 12.2 Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycro 5 1.6 Eating Utensil Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon (Cost $9 — gifted) – 0.4 Headlamp Divine LED Headlamp 24 3.5 Water Filtration Sawer Squeeze 40 3 Water Bags Platypus Platy 2 L (Carrying 2) 26 2.6 Trowel Deuce … Continue reading Rt’s Gear List
This is my preliminary gear list (finally!). I haven’t finished my toiletries and first aid bag so I made an estimate of weight for that section. I’ll update it once I have all the items. The tent will be shared between Rt and I so the cost and weight are split. I put the full cost and weight on the spreadsheet for information but halved them for the totals at the bottom. GENERAL GEAR Item Description Cost ($) Weight (oz) Tent Tarptent Double Rainbow w/liner 342 41 Sleeping Bag Zpacks Down Solo Sleeping Bag 10 degree 455 23.3 Sleeping Bag … Continue reading Jill’s Gear List