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Appalachian Trail Prep Academy for Thru-Hikers 2024

Appalachian Trail Prep Academy for Thru-Hikers 2024

Regular price $2,600.00 USD
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Online classes are held virtually with Google Meet. After registration, you will receive an email with a link to the class.


Appalachian Trail Prep Academy for Thru-Hikers

If you are planning a 2024 or 2025 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, this course is for you!  The Appalachian Trail Prep Academy for Thru-Hikers, or AT PATHs, is a six month prep course that includes an interactive lecture series and a 10 day guided experience at the start of your Appalachian Trail thru-hike.  The lecture series uses an online format and meets once a month from September through February and covers everything you need to know to complete a thru-hike the A.T.  Learn about the history of the AT, logistics and planning, gear, meals and resupplies, physical and mental preparation, injury prevention, safety, and so much more!  Then in March or April, begin your thru-hike with your class cohort and hike alongside your instructor and guide for 10 days through all of Georgia.  Get real time tips and guidance on trail and during a hostel stay and town resupply.  You don’t have to do it alone!  Anyone can thru-hike the AT with proper preparation and planning.

Registration and Pricing:





Early Bird Pricing

Sign up by July 31, 2023

AT Prep Academy for Thru Hikers 


12 online classes plus 10 day guided hike through Georgia in March/April to start thru-hike



(Save $200)

Online Prep Classes ONLY

12 online classes (24 hours of instruction), September 2023 - February 2024, covering topics to prepare for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike



(Save $25)

Course Schedule:

Online Classes (September - February):

  • Courses will be held online via Google Meet.  Courses will be on Wednesday evenings, from 6-8 pm ET twice per month (12 sessions).  
  • Dates*: 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, 1/3 , 1/17, 2/7, 2/21

Guided Hike (March / April):

  • Start your 2024 thru-hike with a 10 day guided hike with your instructor and class cohort.  Guided hikes will take place in early March or in early April.  
  • The exact dates will be determined based on the needs of the class, but will likely take place in early March or April.

*Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Registration and Payments:

  • Full AT PATHs Program (12 online courses and 10-day guided hike in Georgia):
    • Requires a non-refundable $300 registration fee.  
    • The remaining balance is due 1 week prior to the start of the 10-day guided hike in March or April (exact date will be determined based on the needs of the class).
    • Payment plans are available.  Please contact if you would like to make arrangements.

  • Online Course ONLY:
    • Registration for the online course only requires full payment of the course fee to reserve your seat in the class. 

Cancellation Policy: 

  • AT PATHs registration requires a non-refundable $300 booking deposit, or full course registration fee, whichever is lesser.  The remainder of the cost is due 1 week prior to the start of the 10 day guided hike.  Trips may be canceled up to 1 week before the start date for a refund, minus the deposit.  Within 1 week of the trip, a 50% refund will be offered for cancellations.  No refunds will be offered for cancellations within 48 hours of the trip start date.
  • We hike rain or shine! Backpacking is a challenging endurance sport, and it can be uncomfortable during inclement weather.  We do our best to make sure hikers are adequately prepared for adverse weather.  However, safety is our biggest priority.  In the case of severe weather that could affect the safety of our hikers, your guide has the discretion to cancel or postpone a trip.  In this case, full refunds will be offered or vouchers given to reschedule.

Note:  A course minimum of 5 participants is required for the AT PATHs program to run.  If the course minimum is not met, you will be offered the option of a credit towards a future class or backpacking trip or a full refund.

At Wildwood, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the outdoors. Payment plans and scholarships are available for those in need. Please email us to request more information.

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