Whats Your PCT Price?

I’m not going to put a price on my PCT hike. Rather I’m setting a goal to do the PCT the Cheapest for the class of 2018.. When I type into google “What is the average cost of hiking the PCT?” Google gives me a range between 4,000-8,000$. I run some quick math through my head and realize I can live in modern society for five months spending the same amount as some spend on thru-hiking the PCT.. Dang

So I’m setting a personal goal to spend as little as possible while on my hike.

How I plan to save money on Trail:

  • Don’t obsess over pack weight – I have most all the camping gear I need I’m not going to buy all new ‘Ultra-light’ gear.
  • Stay out of town!
  • Keep clean, well fed, and healthy on trail – This way I don’t feel the need to splurge when I get to town – you’d be surprised how ‘at home’ I can make myself in the woods..
  • Plan ahead for things that might have a high price tag – snow gear, bear barrel, sleeping in town

Anyone have any other ideas of how to save money on trail?

Why is this important to me? Well thru-hiking is appealing to me because it’s a way to get away from modern society which, in my opinion, runs on money.  When living in the city I realize that a lot of people need to be spending money and buying new things for pleasure. My thru-hike is the antithesis of money = happy. Low price of living is attractive to me and I think that living in nature and hiking just shouldn’t be that dang expensive!

So I plan on starting to track how much I spend on hiking with my travel fare to Campo, as well as any gear I purchase for the hike prior to that. Think I can keep the price tag under 2,500$? Challenge accepted?

NOTE: I Plan on joining the PCTA and making a donation before I start my hike. If there’s one place we need to be spending money right now, in America, it’s to help upkeep and protect our public lands. I hope you think about making a donation as well! https://www.pcta.org/donate/#why-give

“Home is where a thought of feeling can be sustained instead of being interrupted or torn away from us because something else is demanding our time and attention”

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women who Run With the Wolves

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Comments 5

  • Sedimentary : Dec 6th

    Best (semi-facetious) suggestion I can give is not to make friends… when you find a group of people you love, and they invite you to go to dinner and stay in a hotel room with them, or take a bus to a festival, it’s hard to turn down. Especially when saying no can mean being separated for a long time afterward.

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  • Christina Crescimanno (Maybelline) : Dec 7th

    Give up drinking/smoking! Seriously, its crazy how much money thru-hikers spend on beer, wine, weed, cigs, etc in town!

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  • Olympia : Dec 7th

    Dang Such a tough reality because I love everything from Friends to beers and all in-between! A good thing to thinking ahead about… the social aspect

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  • Alexandria Cremer : Dec 7th

    Live out of hiker boxes for resupply! Also, give up drinking, except maybe when the beer is free. Camp while in town instead of hostel/hotel. There are also several places on the trail that offer work, from farms to other odd jobs, it’s a good way to rack up some cash in case you really need some.

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    • Olympia : Dec 8th

      I Like the Hiker Box Idea! Thanksz

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