Thru-hiking a long trail is a coveted goal for many, but it can be an expensive hobby. It takes time, equipment, and financial agility to traverse hundreds or thousands of miles on foot—and the accompanying price tag can pose a steep barrier to entry. In fact, money is one of the main reasons many would-be thru-hikers fail to complete (or even start) their journeys.
But money doesn’t have to define your hike.
The Trek doesn’t believe that thru-hiking needs to be prohibitively expensive. In “How to Afford a Thru-Hike: Expert Advice for Saving Money on Gear, Logistics, and Town Expenses for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip”, author Kelly Floro discusses strategies for financial success before, during, and after a thru-hike.
Readers will discover:
- A comprehensive thru-hiking packing list, including where to splurge and where to save
- Suggested gear by budget range
- How to avoid the most expensive mistake most thru-hikers make
- Where and when to shop for gear to maximize savings
- Used gear shopping strategies
- How to substitute inexpensive household items for costly gear
- How to go ultralight without overspending
- Top gear items thru-hikers waste money on
- Best practices for making, maintaining, and repairing gear
- The importance of saving for a thru-hike
- Strategies for developing a thru-hiking budget (and sticking with it)
- Tips and tricks to save money in town and on the trail
In addition to 99 pages of thru-hiker tested tips for how to thru-hike on the cheap, readers of “How to Afford a Thru-Hike” will receive access to a private list of discounts from some of the most respected brands in backpacking, including Katabatic Gear, Gossamer Gear, Six Moons Designs, and more. We’re confident you’ll get more than your money’s worth in the form of tried and true tips for saving money before, during, and after the trail, but even if you know everything there is to know already, these discounts are worth the price of admission.
A series of zip files will be emailed to you containing formats that can be read by your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kobo, Nook, and just a good ole fashioned .PDF.
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