Financial Breakdownmp

I want to share my financial breakdown, so others can see what it is costing me to thru-hike. I will update this article, as I stop in towns to try to show the most up-to-date totals. The vast majority of expenses are going to be hostel/hotel stays and food, which are all upcoming.

  • Pre-hike Total: $810.12
  • Gear total: $1,335.48
  • Food total: $311.62
  • Lodging total: $103.00
  • Miscellaneous total: $84.36

Total since departing: $975.52

Trip Grand Total – $2,644.58

  • Pre-hike Gear: $858.94
  • Pre-hike: $810.12

March Expenses

  • Food: $89.24
  • Lodging: $80

April expenses

  • Food: $222.38
  • Lodging: $23.00
  • Outfitter: $476.54
  • Miscellaneous: $84.36

Pre-hike Expenditures

  • Plane ticket from Omaha to ATL: $240.80
  • Travel insurance (also has my emergency health care): $443.82
  • MARTA tram ride from ATL to North springs gate to shuttle: $3.50
  • Cooking fuel: $7
  • Shuttle to Amicalola Falls: $95
  • Permit for Smokey Mountains: $20

Gear Expenditures

Prior to my thru-hike I thankfully already owned some gear. Below Is what I’ve spent thus far on my gear:

  • Backpack: $142.71
  • Tent/footprint: $285.86
  • Sleeping bag : $53.97
  • Guidebook: $17.55
  • Trekking Poles: $84.90
  • Platypus water filter: $83.95
  • Lighter: $1.32
  • Cooking pot: $31.49
  • Homemade pot koozie: $20
  • Trail runners (shoes): $85.19
  • Underwear: $32
  • Cathole trowel: $20

I was fortunate enough to get other items as gifts, which allowed me to keep this section under the average of about $1,500 that most hikers spend.

March

Food

Neel’s Gap – pizza $10

Daniel’s steakhouse (Hiawassee, GA) $9.58

Food resupply – Neel’s Gap – $16

Food resupply – Hiawassee- $21.56

Lodging

Blood Mt Cabins – $20

Holiday Inn 2 nights – (Hiawassee, GA) $60

April

Food

Nantahala Outdoor Center – $20.70

Fontana Dam resupply – $37.45

Fontana Dam restaurant – $8.87

Asheville Taco Bell – $8.22

Asheville Ingals snacks/resupply – $80.89

Asheville Biscuit Head – $6.42

Asheville Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack-$13.79

Asheville Bojangles – $6.72

Hot Springs resupply – $38.93

Hot Springs diner – $10.00

Hot Springs Tavern – $10.00

Lodging

Nantahala Outdoor Center- $23.00

Outfitter

Nantahala Outdoor Center – $11.17

Franklin – Outdoor 76 (new shoes) – $152.76

Hot Springs – $40.55

Asheville REI – $272.06

Misc

Franklin Post Office -$22.15

Asheville CVS – $2.24

Asheville Post Office – $16.57

Verizon Cell Phone – $43.40

Current as of 4-15-18

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