I am planning a full solo thru-hike of the Colorado Trail in 2014. My schedule for work (I am a band director) allows for me to take the trip from June 29th to about July 31st. I plan on 15 mile days to complete the trail in 33 days starting from Denver.
Is this timetable possible/achievable? I have been on shorter backpacking trips but never anything close to this in-depth. I plan on taking as many longer "training" trips as possible leading up to next June.
My gear list is here on Gear Grams:
and a PDF will be uploaded to my profile shortly.
Right now I have a hexamid tarp listed as my shelter, as well as a tigoat bivy, both of which I already have. I am thinking about purchasing a cuben Patrol Shelter and using that instead with my bivy. I just feel the Hexamid Solo is a bit too small for me at around 6' 1" tall. Almost everything else on that list I own already.
My other big point of contention at the moment is the pack, which I do not yet own. I have the SMD Swift listed, which I feel is a good pack, but I am definitely open to other options.
My possible resupply points are as follows:
Breckenridge at the Fireside Inn: Mail drop
Twin Lakes General Store: Mail drop
Monarch Mountain Lodge: Mail drop
Creede: In-town resupply
Molas Lake Campground: Mail drop
I have been studying maps online as well as all CT resources I could find. I will be buying the Colorado Guidebook pack from the CT store shortly to aid me in my prep. My questions for you all are:
How are the bugs going to be during this time of the year?
Is my time table reasonable?
How much snow should I expect to encounter? Being from Texas, I don't have much experience with snow. What tweaks may need to be made to my gear list to account for snow?
Do my resupply points seem reasonable?
What other pack options would you recommend?
What tweaking can I do to my gear list in general? I do plan on adding a SPOT to my gear list, as I am doing this solo. What other suggestions can you make?
Thank you for your help in advance!