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

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

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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

Bonus

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, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Purple Rain Skirts, 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!

*Reviews imported from The Trek's previous store on 10/21/2022

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Katey Neuffer
Great Book, Tons of Info

I read this book in one day! It was easy to take in, well organized, and full of great info. It allows you to find what works best for your specific budget. 10/10 recommend!

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Jason
I was skeptical about paying money *to save money*, but I'm so glad I got this!

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!!

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K.G.
Very helpful, informative, and well written!

Very helpful, informative, and well written!

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C.
A no-nonsense look at the logistics of thru-hiking

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.

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B.
Love this ebook resource!

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