[Cdt-l] Planning CDT hike 2017

ken at gottawalk.com ken at gottawalk.com
Tue Jul 26 11:16:18 CDT 2016

I agree with Sean, but also start walking a lot. Up and down trails; start with shorter hikes and build into longer hikes; don't have to carry much at the start, but add more gear using the pack you will carry on the CDT. You might want to hike in the heat also.


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> On Jul 25, 2016, at 7:16 PM, Sean Staplin <seanstaplin at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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