Randomly motivated to spend a day doing online hiking types aka I don’t feel like going to a bunch of stores to do errands. Does anyone else get this thing? Maybe it’s just bc I’ve spent most of the last 5 yrs not with a permanent home. I *love* these days where I can just lounge around and not do anything that requires me to leave the house/make any real effort to put myself together. Not that that even matters as much here in Philly where the national costume is apparently sweatpants and a hoody, compared to when I was living in LA. Also I think now I’m coming out of an almost (or actual?) period of depression, I feel like some fog has lifted, tho it just might be the weather is not so stinkin cold (low’s around 0F? whyyyy)
Anyway- so I did mention somewhere on here I decided to do the AZT in April. One thing I see a lot online, or hear from people I meet, is this perception it costs a lot to hike. It totally doesn’t have to! I spent about $500 a month on the AT. On the PCT I spent more, but I was kinda f’ed up after 7 months working on board a cruise ship, I just spent whatever I wanted without being budget at all. With that sort of reckless spending I got closer to that $1000/mo thing thrown around. I also eat a lot healthier than most hikers so it’s hard for me to understand how people eating cheap junky foods spend so much. Anyway! Not to judge, just to show the process of how you can hike cheaper.
Now that I rent my place out on airbnb I’m actually prolly going to profit by hiking (it’s suggesting prices of around $100/night in April)! This is sort of hilarious to me.
Things that cost moneys:
I got airline miles for free/cheapish (yes, ways to do that):
11, 250 AA miles (you get a discount for having an AA credit card, got the miles as sign-up bonus $1 purchase/Barclaycard) PHL-TUS + $5.60 tax
Not sure where I’m flying back from yet- Page, St George, or Vegas, but it will either be 12,500 UA miles (got these for switching gas provider for 2 months, and a $1 Barron’s subscription) or 11,250 AA miles. Plus the $5.60 tax.
So, only $13.20 (or $12.20 if I end up not using United for the return flight) all-in for flights.
I’m hoping my friend who lives in Tucson might be able to give me a ride to the border if she’s free and I throw in some gas money. If not there’s shuttles or hitching. $30-50?
I plan to do boxes in Patagonia, Summerhaven, and Superior for sure. Payson has a Safeway and they have good options. I can’t do a lot of the normal hiking foods due to food sensitivities. Apparently the grocery store in Pine has instant refried beans? I can cope with that. I will resupply at a grocery store (Safeway or Whole Foods) in Flagstaff before skipping up to Tusayan where I left off the AZT in November, to meet with my friends. Hopefully that should get me to the border, but if not I can grab something (probably not as healthy) at either North Rim or Jacob Lake. That last section is a little uncertain because it will depend on what I do at the end- just finish; go do Buckskin Gulch and/or the Wave. I’ll find about about if I won the permit lottery Feb 1st. Might add 1-2 days. So, in summary: 3 medium USPS boxes = $40.80. I was going to get the regional rate boxes and mail from Tucson but it’s not really worth the hassle for 3 drops. I want to get some miles in the first day I hike also and it’s a big uphill slog.
I’ve gotten a few food items so far, and spent $30 for what I think is about half the food I need in 13 days. I still need to buy jerky/sausage/etc, mashed potatoes/refried beans/rice noodles + tuna packets for dinners, oil, bars, chips. Have nuts, oatmeal, electrolytes, matcha (!), fruit snacks, and couple misc stuff. Basically good to go tho. I will anticipate spending $200 for the month on food in total.
I don’t really plan to do many zeros this trail- basically only Tucson if my friend is around (should be) which will cost 0. I don’t anticipate any others, might try to nearo into places like Flagstaff tho. I do plan to stay at the hostel in Flag bc it’s a good place to get a ride up to Tusayan from, and centrally located. I guess everything will depend on when I get there. For the end of the trail I’ll be leaving from a biggish town and using points. So let’s say $100 for now for rando hotels/showering/whatevs along the way, but it very well be under $50.
Meals- this is where I really spent a lot of money last time. I don’t want to spend as much this time so I will really try to keep an eye on it. I’m going to guess $20/meal and 10 meals which should give me some leeway for a bonus $5 coffee/breakfast sorta thing, if I’m mostly doing $10-15 burger meals. I am setting a goal not to drink in restaurants on trail unless someone buys it, or with the exception of That Brewery in Pine, coz it’s on trail basically and I’d like to try (tummy is ok for town extravagances if I am GF/DF on trail). If I have a drink I’ll buy it in the grocery store. I’d like to be loosing weight tho so not planning to drink much, usually I don’t like to when hiking anyway.
So my estimated total is right about at $600. I feel like this will give me a lot of leeway as long as I’m reasonably budget-minded.