[Cdt-l] Planning CDT hike 2017

Sean Staplin seanstaplin at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 21:16:04 CDT 2016


Make sure you are going light. Also mental toughness is more valuable than
being a great athlete.

On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM, Matthew Whinnen <matthewwhinnen at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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.
>
> Best,
> Matt
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