New Campaign Perks Have Arrived

Well, sing it if you’d like to, but whoa, we’re halfway there!

With about 15 days left in our crowdfunding campaign to not only make the site bigger and better but also build a custom search engine to help you find whatever kind of trail you’re looking for in a matter of seconds, we have officially raised over $17,000 from more than 220 contributors.

We figured this was something to celebrate … so we’re adding a bunch of new perks for everyone who donates to help improve the online hiking experience for everyone across the American West. We’re really excited to now offer:

  • The Muir Project‘s beautiful documentary about the John Muir Trail “Mile … Mile and a Half” on DVD and Blu-Ray
  • Stylish trucker hats from Runyon Canyon Apparel
  • American-made custom LavaTubes from Hele USA, featuring topo maps of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Modern Hiker logo
  • Tasty, filling meal-on-the-go bars from Greenbelly
  • A gift-pack of wildcrafted soaps, backpackers’ cologne, and face / beard oil from wilderness perfumers Juniper Ridge
  • $160 worth of goods from Merrell

One of the sweet Juniper Ridge gift packs you can choose from


Our custom-made, ONLY available in the campaign Modern Hiker LavaTube buffs!

In addition to adding these new perks, we’re also encouraging more people to donate by dropping the prices and adding things to our existing perks.

Now when you pick up the Grand Explorer perk at $100, you’ll not only snag a limited number of Adventure 16 gift cards and patch (along with lots of other Modern Hiker limited-edition campaign goodies), but you’ll also pick up a signed outdoor photograph from one of the Modern Hiker crew.

Donating at the $400 Pack Mule level will now provide you with some delicious Greenbelly Meal Bars in addition to a totally custom-designed backpack from JepPaks.

We’ve also dropped the price of the Deep Valley Master perk (an overnight backcountry backpacking trip in the San Gabriels) a full 50% and our Grand Camper 2-night car-camping trip 40%. And, in addition to our Death Valley Trip, we’re also now offering an epic Zion National Park backpacking trip as well (please note limitations and expectations on all outdoor experience perks).


This could be you!

We still have a long way to go and only a very small percentage of our readers have contributed so far. If you’ve found value in the site over the past nine years, please help us out with a contribution. If everyone who read Modern Hiker chipped in just 5 bucks, we’d be able to fully fund our goal in less than a day.

If you’ve already donated and would like to pick up one of these new perks instead, it’s super easy to do – just follow these instructions.

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