[Cdt-l] Planning CDT hike 2017

Matthew Whinnen matthewwhinnen at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 19:41:15 CDT 2016

Hi all,

I’m brand new to the thread and would be really grateful for any advice that you have. I’m thinking of hiking the pct next year as my first thru hike, and I’m wondering if you all think I would be up for it. It would mean a lot to me personally to hike it (brother lives on the trail and a friend died hiking in glacier a few years ago), and if I only get to do one thru hike in my life, this is the one I’d love to do. 

My experience: longest backpacking trip I’ve been on is only 5 days, but I’m an avid outdoors person — spend most of my weekends outside cowboy camping and fly fishing. I have good outdoors skills, above average (but most likely below pct average) map reading skills, and am very laid back/flexible.  I’d also like to finish the trip in 5 months. 

Any advice that you have, past posts or information that I’ve overlooked, or questions that I should ask myself would be greatly appreciated.


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