[Cdt-l] Okay, trite question - Miles Per Day?

Patrick Beggan meta474 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 12 22:54:34 CST 2009

I had a feeling this would be the sort of information I received. Hard to predict. I'm not terribly concerned about it but I was hoping to be able to finish, southbound with a June 15thish start, by mid October. I'm basically just looking for information that builds my confidence in a finish date in that range. I don't really require it, but it'd be ideal.

Thanks again!

On Dec 12, 2009, at 8:37 PM, Jonathan Ley wrote:

> I did about the same miles per day on the PCT vs. CDT for an "average", but it varied on the CDT a lot more. The CDT has more extremes - there's more steep tread, more high-elevation, more loose/overgrown/disappearing tread, but more forest roads, and more flat stuff too. The PCT is just more consistent with respect to trail grade and tread. ymmv, of course :-)
> Patrick Beggan wrote:
>> I know this has probably been done to death, but I'm looking on a miles per day for the average CDT (that is to say, not the great basin, and not glacier NP with snow, etc. -- the usual I could expect from the summer months for the majority of the trail). 
>> I understand miles change with terrain (I've hiked the PCT twice) so I know it's impossible to give an answer for 100% of the trail. I'm just looking for something I can do math from.
>> On the PCT I do 30s pretty solidly every day, 19-20s in the Sierras (with an early june entry) with the occasional 40+ in there when I'm really hungry and hauling. I finished in four months on the PCT, with 18 zeros.
>> Anyway, any information from other fast-ish hikers would be appreciated. I recognize the increased navigational difficulties on the CDT and that can throw you for a loop, etc, etc.
>> Joker
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