7 comments on “Crowd-Funding a Through-Hike

  1. Pretty much everything I have ever wanted to write/share about this issue you have covered – and I totally agree with.

    The one thing I would have included, if I had written this, is that for a lot of thru-hikers, they spend years and years dreaming and saving up and building up time-off, or waiting until they are retired, to be able to thru-hike. Folks that have actually invested themselves into being able to pay for their hikes.

  2. I left a comment way back on the Outside link. All I will say now on Morkel is he needs to do a public update on his reasons for not completing what he got funded for, and be accountable in public as the funding was a public appeal.

    For me Kickstarter needs to be dealt with. They never respond to complaints, nor do they seem to do anything about issues. I cannot stand them! Please folks use other funding platforms.

    I also won’t back hikes unless there is real one-of-a-kind content to justify it. So I backed Damien and Renee Tougas. Nothing like that before has been done.

    I agree a lot with you on this Ryan. As for those planning hikes. Work hard, save hard and go do it. If you write a book please spare us tales of hitching into town, ice cream challenges and bounce boxes. Write about the mountains, wildlife and views. That I will pay to read about.

    • Hey Martin. I had completely forgotten about Hendrik’s kickstarter campaign– I was more focusing on the fatbiking expedition at the beginning of that article. Although I really like the “expedition to find a live dinosaur” one, too. In that case, it may be a case of “a fool and his money are soon parted.” I don’t know much about Kickstarter, although it does seem like other sites have been in the forefront recently. The only two crowdfunding campaigns I’ve joined were on Indiegogo. The site had nothing to do with my joining– it was all about the campaign.

      Agreed about the content of a book, too. I have said many, many times that there’s a reason the most popular books about the AT (A Walk in the Woods) and PCT (Wild) were written by people who aren’t serious backpackers– it’s because they’re good writers.

  3. All that cyber-panhandling is gross. Raising money for trail maintenance and community makes sense, but begging for money instead of earning it seems to be the way these entitled kids roll today. I’ll never give a dime to someone trying to finance a thru hike via fundraising online.

    • Yeah, I’m happy that I haven’t seen much of it recently. Maybe the kids are learning that there are better ways.

      I still stand by my decision to pre-purchase Carrot’s book, since I really enjoy her writing. And, while it’s somewhat behind schedule (if there was originally a schedule, I can’t remember), she is still putting out updates on her blog that say it will be published soon. So that’s a different kind of crowdfunding that I can get behind.

    • Hey Lint,

      I’m assuming your comment is directed at me, since Guthook’s post is about my campaign, so I’ll respond to it here. Although it’s a little embarrassing for both of us that I have to do this.

      My crowdfunding campaigns are for an actual product, my blog posts, which I spend a huge amount of time and energy on while hiking, and also for my book, which will be published this month (April). I’m not “begging for money”, I’m creating an actual product that my readers value and that they’re willing to pay for. That’s also why my crowdfunding campaigns are successfully funded- the crowdfunding world is a surprisingly good indicator of how much value a group of people put in a product/how much faith they have in the creator to see the project through to the end. I’m sorry it’s so upsetting to you that people put value in what I produce. Your attitude is not, however, going to stop me for being awesome, and maybe you should lay off the haterade for a while.

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