So you want to hike the entire Appalachian Trail? Glad to hear it. Virginia Backpacking is partnering with other Virginia hiking clubs to help crowd fund a lucky backpacker to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in 2019. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy estimates thru hikers spend an average of about $1,000 a month completing a thru-hike. Assuming it takes 5 months to hike along with the cost of purchasing equipment and the typical thru-hiker can expect to spend close to $6,200 by the time they reach Katahdin.
Many hikers dream of completing the AT but often life gets in the way. This campaign can help someone overcome the financial burden that often prevents someone from taking the first step.
So who gets the money? Well, maybe you do! If you’re an aspiring 2019 AT hiker fill out the application form below. We’ll review all the applications that come in, pick 5 finalists, and put it to a public vote in February.
Not up for a thru-hike next year? You can help create some trail magic by making a donation at our gofundme page for this event! Click HERE to donate. Every dollar is appreciated so feel free to donate whatever amount works for you, even if it is $1! You can also help by spreading the word to others.
Additional funds will be passed to the hiker as they reach milestones along their journey. The winner is expected to communicate their progress along the way so we can all live vicariously through their adventure!
Any remaining funds will roll into our sponsorship for a 2020 AT thru-hiker.