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Costs of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail… So far...

I have kept a record of what I have spent so far on getting myself ready for the Appalachian Trail.

I have paid for items in both GBP and USD.

To make things as easy as possible. I have converted the USD amounts into GBP.

If there is no amount next to the item, it means I already owned it. I have also rounded the amount to the nearest whole number.

This does not include additional costs such as paying for a personal trainer, supplements while training (including protein powder), & visiting my Naturopath, dentist etc.

In order to fund the below, I have been buying items slowly throughout the year as I had money come available through Patreon, speaking gigs, and other paid work I do.

E.g. My big purchase in January was the visa, in February I paid for my flight to Atlanta, in March, I bought my Thermarest, etc.

This way I was able to spread out the costs and it wasn’t a big hit to take in one go.



  • Appalachian Trail - Thru Hikers Companion 2017 - £7

  • How to Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike - By Chris Cage - Free

  • Take A Thru-Hike: Dixie's How-To Guide for Hiking the Appalachian Trail - $6/£5



Visa & Insurance

  • US B/B2 Visa - $160/£124

  • To have the visa delivered - £18

  • Insurance (GlobalLink) - £108



Travel & Accommodation

  • Travel to London - £22

  • London to Gatwick Airport - £14

  • Flights to Atlanta - £354

  • Accommodation in Atlanta - $100/£78

  • Accommodation 2 nights @ Hostel - $60/£47

  • Travel from the airport into Atlanta via- train then Uber to the hostel - $70/£54

  • Travel to Springer Mountain Car Park - $10/£8

  • Flight home from Boston to Manchester - £190



Big Ticket Items

  • Raidlight Sleeping Bag

  • Osprey Auro 50 Backpack - £140

  • Thermarest NeoAir XLite Mattress - Regular £115

  • Tent (Terra Nova 2 man tent) - Borrowed

  • Black diamond walking poles - £44