Total Costs - Appalachian Trail



I have done my very best to ensure all the below is accurate and hopefully it all adds up! Some costs were difficult to keep track of especially when I was using cash as I did not keep a record of what I spend money on - which looking back on now, would have been great to see. There was no luxuries (although I do remember getting a manicure for $6 while in town!) all the money was basically spend on food, accommodation and equipment. I'm racking my brains to think what else I could of spent it on - but that's trail life. Towards the end of the trail, I was very much having to spend more than I wanted to as I didn't have the time to go to cheaper places to get food. If I was in a town and I visited a subway, I would pack out an extra sandwich and cookies, so costs like that do add up. Also food and accommodation in the White Mountains was expensive as well, as I did not have the time to do the work for stays, which is also an option for thru -hikers

Costs Before the Trail (Click here to read more)

US$2,165 / £1,681

Costs While on the Trail (See below)

US$3,686 / £2,944.28

Total Cost of Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail including all gear, food and accommodation, as well as insurance, plus flights to and from the USA.

US$5,851 /£4,625.28*

*This does not include other expenses I had coming out of my bank account every month such as - my mobile phone bill as well as the website and podcasting hosting costs.

Further Breakdown of where the money was spend - while on the trail

Food (Both from supermarkets as well as eating out while in towns)

June - US$101.21 / £82.81

July - US$515.49 / £410.46

Aug - US$613.51 / £489.81

Sept - US$129.39 / £103.59

Total Food Costs = US$1,359.60 / £1,086.67

Accommodation (This will also include laundry costs while staying at hostels)

June - US$215.98 / £175.52

July - US$198.04 / £157.85

Aug - US$163.51 / £131.25

Sept - US$172.26 / £138.07

Total Accommodation Costs = US$749.79 / £602.69

Food & Accommodation (When unable to separate costs)

June - US$ - / £ -

July - US$115.76 / £92.33

Aug - US$ - / £ -

Sept - US$160.40 / £124.36

Total Food & Accommodation Costs = US$276.16 / £216.69

Equipment (I bought while on the trail, shoes (X3), socks, sleeping bag liner)

June - US$ - / £ -

July - US$124.90 / £99.18

Aug - US$160.95 / £128.97

Sept - US$ - / £ -

Total Equipment Costs = US$285.85 / £228.15

Cash out (Will have been spend on food & accommodation)

June - US$303 / £238.16

July - US$202.50 / £156.60

Aug - US$102 / £78.33

Sept - US$ - / £ -

Cash Costs = US$607.50 / £473.09

Fees (Card Transactions)

June - US$16.92 / £12.56

July - US$10.00 / £7.43

Aug - US$6.61 / £4.90

Sept - US$4.60 / £3.41

Total Fees Paid = US$38.13 / £28.30

Miscellaneous (Transport to trail, REI & cinema trip)

June - US$375.91 / £300.41

July - US$10.50 / £8.28

Miscellaneous Costs = US$386.41 / £308.69

A pretty pie chart! - Total % of Costs £


Costs While on the Trail

Comparison June, July, August & September

Total Spend for June - US$996.10 / £809.46

Total Spend for July - US$1,177.19 / £932.13

Total Spend for August - US$1,046.58 / £833.26

Total Spend for September - US$466.65 / £369.43

Total spending US$3,686 / £2,944.28

Days on Trail June - 28

Days on Trail July - 31

Days on Trail August - 31

Days on Trail September - 10

Total day on Trail - 100

Cost per day - June - US$35.57 / £28.90

Cost per day- July - US$39.24 / £30

Cost per day - August - US$33.76 / £26.87

Cost per day - September - US$46.6 / £36.90

Total cost per day = US$36.86 / £29.44

June Miles - 539.4 miles therefore 539 miles

July Miles - 684.1 miles therefore 684 miles

August Miles - 728.2 miles therefore 728 miles

September Miles - 238.3 miles therefore 238 miles

Total Miles = 2,190

Cost per mile June = US$1.84 / £ 1.50

Cost per mile July = US$1.72 / £1.36

Cost per mile August = US$1.44 /£1.14

Cost per mile September = US$1.90 / £1.55

Total cost per mile = US$1.68 / £1.34

Further Blog Posts to Read





Costs Before the Trail


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