After the trip to the Tetons I needed more. I had to do something to get my fill on backpacking (if I could get enough). I wanted something I could do within the next year and something I wouldn't have to quit my job or drop out of school for (although sometimes I want to). I thought about the Ozark Trail nearby in Missouri or the Tahoe Rim Trail. I wanted something a little bit longer and a little bit out of my comfort zone. That was when I came across the 485 mile Colorado Trail ranging across the state from Denver to Durango. It sounded perfect. 485 divided by roughly one month or 30 days was only 16.6 miles a day. It seemed doable and I began my planning.
For a year I planned out resupplies, food, gear, and spent every day waiting (impatiently). In just a couple of weeks I will be doing my first thru hike. No, I won't be bringing a gun. No, I'm not worried about animals. Yes, I have a tent and a water filter and food.
I selected my start date, planned out how to get to trail, and decided when I needed to end. I needed to be back before school started in mid August. I also didn't want to take too many days off of work. I couldn't start too early due to lack of snow experience and I couldn't start too late because I didn't want to run out of time. Deciding on a start date was pretty simple one I narrowed down my options. July it would be.