[Cdt-l] Cost of hiking the entire CDT?

Jennifer Hanson jennifer.hanson at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 28 11:28:55 CDT 2012

We spent about twice that per person. which included a lot of new gear
(though we were already avid back-packers), COBRA insurance while we were
away, two flights each to/fro the trail to NY, lots of freeze dried food and
the cost of mailing it out to ourselves (around $30-40/29 resupply stops),
spending money while in town, though we didn't linger and tried to keep the
costs down.


In hindsight, we could have purchased a lot more food in resupply towns and
skipped the postage.  We used most of the gear we bought though never needed
our ice axes, crampons, heavy ropes.  We could have done without the


I have a complete list of gear we started with and the diminished list we
ended with in my book Hiking the Continental Divide Trail - One Woman's
Journey.  You can pick up this book used on Amazon for not too much or order
it from me at www.HikingtheCDT.com .


Regardless - it was the trip of a lifetime and though it took 18 months to
pay off my credit card debt, it was totally worth it!  I would pay 3 times
as much just to have the time and freedom to do it again.  



Jennifer A Hanson

2251 Rosendale Rd

Niskayuna, NY 12309

518.334.3099 (cell)

518.785.1184 (office/fax)


From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Jonathan Ley
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:39 AM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Cost of hiking the entire CDT?


Just one comment on that number... Depending on your personal situation, be
sure to consider what you "won't" be spending on the CDT; no rent, no
utilities, no gas, no other daily living expenses... spending $5000 on a 4-5
month hiking trip is an exceptional value. It's a lot less than most people
spend in their regular "non-trail" lives. 

How much you spend depends a lot on how you manage your resupply, how many
nights you stay in hotels... which hotel... if you have "roommates", and how
much will power you have to resist binging in town. $5000 would be a pretty
posh trail experience by some standards. You could get by on quite a bit
less than that. 

Then, there are the expenses that you might have already spent - gear,
clothing, equipment... For some people, this is nearly $0 (well, except
replacement shoes). For others, it's a lot. 

Anyway, while it's good to have a budget, just remember there are a lot of
ways to calculate it.

Best of luck!


On 8/23/2012 6:54 PM, David Thibault wrote:

I second the recommendation on Yogi's book -- Invaluable for a newbie to
long distance hiking.


I'd recommend about $5000.  You can and probably will do it for less
(although many spend more) but that should be enough to get you through.

I would recommend not cutting it too close $ wise.  I've seen too many
people run out of funds during thier trip (mostly on the AT).


Day-Late (who has not yet hiked the CDT  - but is planning to this coming



Mike ? ? ?go to www.pcthandbook.com and orderYogi's Continental Divide
Handbook. ? ?This will give you a lot of the best info that you can find. ?
It will also give you info on where to get other information. ? ? Good luck
on the trail ? ? ?it will be a trip of a lifetime.

jorgy pct 06


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