Sponsor An AT Thru-Hiker

Virginia area hiking clubs are partnering to help crowd fund a lucky backpacker to hike 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? We've created an application form for aspiring 2019 AT hikers to submit their interest. Visit here to apply.  We'll review all the applications that come in, pick 5 finalists, and put it to a vote in February.

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.

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  • Ken Swartz 
    • $125 
    • 7 mos
  • Zinda Guldager  
    • $200 
    • 9 mos
  • Cyn R 
    • $10 
    • 9 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 10 mos
  • Carl Beckelheimer 
    • $100 
    • 10 mos


Brian Finkle 
Mechanicsville, VA
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