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[pct-l] Doing the trail on the cheap...

My big hike is planned for 2004 or 2005.  This information on doing the
trail "on the cheap" is helpful in planning, but realistically, how much
money should I be putting away in my savings account?  Several thousand
dollars?  A couple of thousand dollars?  I really have no idea.  Thanks.


>From: CMountainDave@aol.com
>To: tigeress@attbi.com, pct-l@backcountry.net
>Subject: Re: [pct-l] Doing the trail on the cheap...
>Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 13:26:15 EDT
>In a message dated 8/10/02 5:49:45 AM, tigeress@attbi.com writes:
><<     Apparently, like always, I'll be strapped for cash on this
>particular trip - so I was wondering if anyone would have some
>suggestions on doing a thru-hike on the cheap?
>     Thanks...
>     Caroline >>
>Avoid motels if you will, but budget in some restaurants. Remember, if you=
>gear is good quality, your main expense is going to be food and getting
>food to your way stations. I assume you are renting and won't have any
>expenses while you are gone. Free food can be obtained at most post
>offices/lodges along the way in the hiker boxes that they maintain, but
>diet would be quite bland if you relied solely on them. The fewer packages
>that you send the more you save, so try to resupply on-trail as much as
>possible.  Stay in campgrounds instead of motels. If carefully planned, on=
>can save hundreds of dollars over the course of a 6 month journey. Of
>if you have the bucks, why not have a motor home follow you from road j
>unction to road junction and be the first person to hike the entire trail
>with nothing in their fanny pack but lunch!
>   Doing the trail on the Ritz: Is it possible to hike the entire
>trail carrying nothing but a credit card and staying only at the finest
>star bed and breakfasts every night? As they ALL say, "Just in case I win
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