The Monetary Costs of a Thru-Hike

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

Last Planning Day – What Are We Doing!?

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!?

Where Do We Put Our Stuff and Ourselves?

Time to pack up! Jill and I are boxing up our goods, selling things we don’t need on Craigslist, and are trying to find an inexpensive way of getting our stuff up to Oregon. The hike hasn’t been the only bit of planning we’ve had to put together. We have to figure out where we can store all of our clothes, furniture, cars, and everything else for the next 6 months or so. We’ve had to figure out where we will be living after the hike and how we will survive until we can find jobs again. We really have … Continue reading Where Do We Put Our Stuff and Ourselves?

Thru-Hikers Are Selfish

Choosing to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail is the most selfish decision I have ever made. There is a sense of pride in taking on a challenge of such magnitude as the Pacific Crest Trail, a sense of accomplishment in the decision and preparation, and all before stepping a single foot onto the trail. Family and friends feed into it. The ego of a potential thru-hiker is inflated exponentially by the back-pats of fathers, hugs of mothers, the turned-up thumbs of siblings, and the ‘how can you just do something like that?‘ questions dropped by best friends– to which must … Continue reading Thru-Hikers Are Selfish