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This a summary of my expenses related to hiking the PCT, including some directly related pre-trip costs like new prescription sunglasses. The total surprised me. This does not include expenses I would have had at home, like insurance (property, car, health). See the notes at the end.

 
Item
Amount
  Battery Charger
$69.60
  Breakfast
$329.60
  Lunch
$307.19
  Dinner
$605.34
  Groceries (in town, for trail)
$456.30
  Food for trip
$3705.46
  Fuel (rides, etc.)
$77.52
  Public Transit (shuttles, etc.)
$51.30
  Coin wash
$15.00
  Sundries
$28.33
  Chiropractic
$75.00
  Prescription Sunglasses +
$241.00
  Vitamins +
$46.00
  Books
$91.50
  Entertainment
$22.00
  Lodging
$412.64
  Hardware
$127.84
  Online
$154.46
  Copies
$11.23
  Phone
$60.00
  Phone Calling Card
$175.98
  Shipping (on trail & from home)

$1324.17

  Shipping supplies
$106.92
  Batteries
$22.00
  Clothes
$348.82
  Fees
$20.00
  Footwear
$454.47
  Gear
$602.68
 

Photography (new camera)

$396.81
 
OVERALL TOTAL
$10,339.16

How the hell did I spend so much on food?

Well, the "Food for trip" category was because I did very poor planning and ordered waaay too much food (It's so cheap, I think I'll order two cases!). I also ordered as much organic as I could. Another problem is that I did not have prices on my second-largest food order, so when I got 11 pounds of organic macadamia nuts I found out later that I kissed about $100 goodbye right there. I do admit: I ate well and passed on a lot of food to the hiker boxes.

Shipping was a disaster, cost-wise. I shipped 99% of my food from my Dad's in California. I had big, heavy resupply boxes that totalled about $850 for shipping. The rest is me shipping extra food and other stuff back home, shipping my huge bounce box the whole way, and shipping and insuring my laptop the whole way.

OK, now back to the food. I ate like crazy in town.
Actually the numbers are not that bad for six months: $100/month for dinner? I've had single meals that cost $100 (back when wracking up credit card debt was a higher priority than backpacking).

The Gear category by no means covers the cost of my gear. My sleeping bag's not in that amount, for instance. Same for the Clothing category.

This cost summary is frankly embarassing, but I'm putting it up here so that others can learn from my mistakes.

 

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