Roughly 3,100 miles From Mexico to Canada.
If I manage to survive, bland food, continuous pain, a selection of Bears, Crapping in a hole for 6 months, green drinking water, sweaty heat, freezing mornings, and the wrath of mosquito’s then I will have made it
I made the decision back in October 2019 to hike this trail
After two thru- hikes under my belt I have all of my kit and so do not have the expense of started from scratch.
I will however buy a new shirt, shorts and trail runners to start in and a new bladder to drink from , although there is nothing wrong with my old one but after drinking from said article for more than 5 months it has done its job .
I’m fairly lucky I have the money saved and have no major expenses to fund while I am away so only need to bribe one of my sons to live at my house, water my plants and look after my animals easy-peasy
Saying that extra money is always some help
Rule of thumb : It costs approximately $ 1000 a month to thru hike. £ 800 depending on exchange rates , Some can do it for less others a lot more.
It depend on you and what you can put up with or not
This Amount is just your “being on trail” costs
It includes Food, accommodation, laundry and of course Beer and maybe a little for replacement or damaged kit .
It doesn’t include transportation costs, ie Flights, shuttles etc or your kit (I have that) Kit can add another £2000- £3000
Also you need Insurance and I make sure it includes Search & rescue
How to fund a thru-Hike
When I decide to hike the PCT in 2014 I did the following
- Sold all my junk that I no longer needed on eBay to increase funds
- If possible, can you sublet or rent out your flat, apartment house
- Cut down on luxuries, Takeout’s ,
- Researching and buying my kit (made many mistakes here)
do your homework, visit stores, and look at the gear
- Write to companies (grovelling is allowed) to request free or heavily discounted Kit
This worked far better than expected , I however request some wrong kit, so again do your homework!
- If you have imported items from America, you will know about import tax!
Its better to have it delivered to friends in the US or even to your starting Base
- Watching loads of YouTube videos on ex-CDT hikers
- If your kit is NEW, then test it out, make sure you can put up and take down your tent , know how your stove works
The Continental Divide Trail is the last of the “Big Three” trails that most thru-hikers tackle as part of the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking. Raw, wild, remote, and unfinished; it is a trail that will make use of all the skills of an experienced backpacker. It is also a trail that is beautiful, stunning, and perhaps the most rewarding of the major long-distance hiking trails.
The water is scarcer (I love to carry water it is so light)
When there is water it is green and shared with Cattle (yummy)
The trail has many mind boggling alternatives. (I love the lottery)
The Trail sits at altitude (Can my lungs cope)
There seems to be less people hiking the CDT
Fewer Towns (means I may spend less ha)
Sounds like a bloody great adventure to me and hopefully if I do not get eaten by a bear I will come back with a well-toned Body!!
I had planned to fly out in April 2020 to Tucson Arizona and as Christmas came, I began to get excited the airfares were becoming cheaper fantastic
Then the unwelcome visit of Corvid-19 arrived, whispers at first, I thought I would be okay in the wilderness for 6 months …….
So, my hike is now on hold until April 2021