How to Afford a Thru-Hike: Expert Advice for Saving Money on Gear, Logistics, and Town Expenses for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

(15 customer reviews)


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.

Downloadable Files

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.

What Others Are Saying

“How to Afford a Thru-Hike was a great resource while daydreaming about and planning for my long-distance hike. It is easy to dream about planning a thru-hike, but it is not easy making that dream a reality. What can you commit to financially? Where will you find the funds? This e-book reassured me that I could make my hike a reality by providing some innovative ideas and useful tips on where and how to invest my time, energy, and money.” – Ali Sylvester

Read the first chapter here for free!


15 reviews for How to Afford a Thru-Hike: Expert Advice for Saving Money on Gear, Logistics, and Town Expenses for a Long Distance Backpacking Trip

  1. 5 out of 5

    I’m planning an AT thru-hike in 2022 and working multiple jobs to *hopefully* make it happen. I was skeptical about paying money *to save money*, but I’m so glad that I pulled the trigger on this book. I’ve spent a lot of time researching for this hike already, but there are a good number of tips in this book that I haven’t found elsewhere. A lot of it I knew already, but it’s still really helpful to have all the advice in one place. The list of gear discounts is good too- I plan on eventually using this to get a Gossamer Gear Mariposa. And the author’s storys are hilarious. I laughed throughout this book. Thanks for this ebook!!

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Very helpful, informative, and well written!

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    A no-nonsense look at the logistics of thru-hiking, clearly and ably written by an experienced thru-hiker. Notably, it doesn’t just advise you how to plan for a long-distance hike, but how to think while planning a long-distance hike.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Love this ebook resource! I must admit, I cried like a baby in the beginning, but it’s a well outlined and informative quick read

  5. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Honestly, got this exclusively for the discounts at the start. Turns out the book is awesome though. Very thoughtful and lots of great tips for saving money and maximizing enjoyment on the trail.

  6. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Excellent resource for those preparing to embark on a backpacking journey and want to approach it in a systematic, thoughtful, frugal manner.

  7. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I’m a picky reader. Within a few pages I decide if a writer is wasting my time. This book is well written and Kelly’s advice is worthy. The cost of this book compared to what you’ll save makes the purchase a no-brainer. Buy it! Help yourself and help a fellow hiker who cared enough to put this information together.

  8. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I’m an advocate of listening to those that have gone before and gaining wisdom from both their right and wrong decisions and this short, easy to read, all-encompassing comprehensive eBook is an encapsulation of this making those “should I or shouldn’t I” decisions easier to make.

  9. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Loving this book. It is some of the best, and most affordable advise you will get on making your hike a reality. Not only is the info spot on, but it is delivered in a human and humorous manner. Definitely worth making some room in your budget for this read.

  10. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Loved this book, and the info is invaluable. I’m planning an AT thru hike when I retire in a few years and want to attempt it as frugally as possible. The advice is also massively useful for shorter hikes for anyone who is cost conscious. I marked many passages and will use this book as a reference for years to come.

  11. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    I’m among those planning a future thru-hike of the AT and this was just the book I needed to get going with the financial aspect of the plan. Thanks!

  12. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I am a fan! I love how the ebook version has usable to other resources throughout and that the author features a variety of brands. It really breaks down the basics. I like Kelly’s focus on not skimping on safety, just getting creative with your solutions. I found the budgeting section very helpful.

  13. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Looking forward to a PCT thru in the next couple years. As a high school teacher, I will have to leave my job, as I am unlikely to be given time off in both the spring and fall of concurrent school years. I bought this book so that I might develop a solid budget for the hike, to better inform my overall budgeting needs for taking time off and possibly not having a new job right away. While I fully expected this to be a great resource, because who knows better than the folks at The Trek, my expectations were certainly exceeded! Thank you!! Oh and thanks for the $50 savings on my new Alsek!!

  14. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Planning m thru hike for 2022 and this has been a great resource. Highly recommend this book.

  15. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of gear out there, and trying not to spend a fortune where it’s not necessary. Also how the heck to survive leaving your job for an extended amount of time to go walk through the woods. This book has lots of great info to help guide your decisions for your next thru hike. Also the discount codes make up for the cost of the book right away!

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