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    :banana how much money

    I posted this in the 2007 thread. I am wondering how much money would I nead to do a comfortable thru hike. Hook me up with some feed back please.

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    $3000 is a good amount. Not including gear.

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    you know we should be able to track the IP if the spammers and then pay them a nice little visit
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    $20,000.00 including equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fehchet View Post
    $20,000.00 including equipment.
    20 thousand ? ... thats just stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fehchet View Post
    $20,000.00 including equipment.
    Where are you staying? the Ritz Carlton? I guess you are planning on hiring a porter to carry all gear and also cook for you.



    Come to think of it.. I don't have any idea how one could burn through 20 grand on an AT hike.


    Anyone have any ideas how you could possibly spend 20 thou on a thru hike? this could be fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNH View Post
    Anyone have any ideas how you could possibly spend 20 thou on a thru hike? this could be fun!!

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    Slack pack the whole way. That would burn through a wad of cash
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    Quote Originally Posted by fehchet View Post
    $20,000.00 including equipment.
    I can relate to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Slack pack the whole way. That would burn through a wad of cash
    ... or get ripped off by the person you thought you could trust to pay your bills as you hike the AT. I include that in the cost of my hike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fehchet View Post
    $20,000.00 including equipment.
    if you have $3000 worth of bills at home that's about right.
    I'm so confused, I'm not sure if I lost my horse or found a rope.

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    I think 2 bucks a mile is a good estimate as long as you don't spend a lot of money on gear and hotels/motels along the way.

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    The more money you have, the more fun you will have.

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    well i hate fun so i put myself to a 30-50 dollar a week limit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panzer1 View Post
    The more money you have, the more fun you will have.

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    Untrue. Do you really believe money buys happiness? A person who does work for stays and finds odd jobs along the way can have just as much, if not more fun, than the hiker with all the newest high tech gear and stays in the best hotels along the way. For the average hiker I'd say $5000 is more than enough to hike the trail and allows a little buffer in case of emergencies.

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    I spent total for equipment and food and bills back home $114,987.43 I like to live and live large plus I paid for 6 of my friends who I THOUGHT may have taken advantage a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowhoe View Post
    I spent total for equipment and food and bills back home $114,987.43 I like to live and live large plus I paid for 6 of my friends who I THOUGHT may have taken advantage a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowhoe View Post
    I spent total for equipment and food and bills back home $114,987.43 I like to live and live large plus I paid for 6 of my friends who I THOUGHT may have taken advantage a little.
    OMG! Lets go with $5000 per person for the hike and an additional $2000 if you bought everybody brand new gear. $7000 per person X 7 people, thats $49,000. How you managed to spend an additional $66,000 is beyond me.

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    Its your money. Spend it as you wish. With all that disposable income however, I'm curious as to how much of it you use to help others who are truly in need and not just "friends" who want to mooch off you during a through hike.

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    He had a ton of bills at home.... house payment, car payment, credit cards... But I'm with Marta, I want to be your friend!

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    This is an impossible question to answer without knowing what your priorities are. I bought $100 bucks worth of new gear, and ate mostly generic rice, pasta, oatmeal and such on the trail. I stopped at most of the hostels on the way north but only stayed in motels/hotels two nights. I did eat well every five or six days, when I stopped in towns. And carried enough 100 proof booze to have 3 or 4 ounces most evenings.

    I have no idea what the total came to for my six months and three days. I didn't keep a record. The biggest variable is food and motels. You can eat for 3 or 4 bucks a day, or 30-40 bucks a day. I figured on an average of six days between town stops, mostly because I wanted to maximize my time in the woods and mountains.

    These days it seems most stop in towns every 2-3 days. Towns are money sinks.

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