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2
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 16 2018

About

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks - John Muir"

A Backyard Hiker - Your online Hiking Community
A Backyard Hiker - Your online Hiking Community

Hi, I’m Peggy and welcome to my kickstarter project - A Backyard Hiker! I hope you'll read my story through to the end, I promise you it will be worth it :-) 

A Backyard Hiker is going to be an online community to motivate you to get outside, to explore your backyard. To experience the positive effects of spending time away from our daily burdens. 

"But, I can just join a hiking minded group on facebook and that's free!"

Here is where the difference comes in... I challenge you to get outside for minimum one hour every week. If one hour a week is not possible, because you can't walk for a full hour yet, then you can start off with 10min for 6 days or 3 days for 20 min, 4 days for 15 min,... as long as you get at least one full hour a week. 

You keep track of your achievements and share them on social media with other Backyard hikers. Keep this going for at least 8 weeks because that’s the average amount of time it takes to create a new habit and earn your Backyard Hiker bracelet

"Ah, ok. But why should I get outside in the first place?"

It's the secret to a long life: keep moving! No serious, I could put here at least 50 links to articles why walking is good for you. It might even be the best exercise there is. But most importantly, it's something we can all do! Our backyards all look different but we can all hike 👣

The aim is to show you how even the smallest amount of adventure can impact your life no matter who you are or where you come from. 

If you ask people about their life, what they really remember the most are the experiences — not things. I hope you have lots of fun experiences when you go and explore your Backyard! Explore with your family, kids, friends or on your own! 

A Backyard Hiker - Explore
A Backyard Hiker - Explore

 "Sounds good! What when the 8-weeks are finished?"

Your Backyard Hiker membership is valid for a year the day you start with your 8-week challenge. When you are getting bored with your own backyard you go and explore the backyard from other members around the world. 

"Mmmmm... got nothing more challenging?"

Want to go a step further? Then you come to South Africa and I’ll take you on a hiking adventure in the iconic Kruger National park. Think, sleeping under the stars in big five habitat. You can choose between a 4-day or a 6-day hike. I have to warn you though... you are going to want to come back!

A Backyard Hiker - Kruger National Park
A Backyard Hiker - Kruger National Park

The plan

First of all, I genuinely think discovering your backyard and getting outside will change your life for the better. 

Secondly, on all my adventures I have been on so far I was amazed how many people helped me along the way with whatever it is I was trying to achieve. That’s why I’m reaching out to you. I call out to everyone to help me set up this platform, to help and challenge each other to change your life in a better way. I ask for outdoor brands to stand up and show your support, you can even make this platform yours!

Because that's just what I need to do, set up the platform! 

What do I need to get it started? Where are all the funds going to? 

Setting up the platform is of course the biggest investment. I would like to start of with a fairly easy platform and grow it steadily. This way I can adjust it to the needs of the community. If however, there are going to be more funds available, I can spend more straight away developing the online application.   

The rewards and the distribution will be the second biggest part were the funds will go to. In other words, this will go back to you, our backers!   

Using this great Kickstarter platform means that there are cost involved. A certain percentage of the funds raised are paid back in fees

My costs? Nothing... I've got myself covered. I do hope that one day inspiring others to get outside will be my full-time job :-)

Someone told me that you just have to have some self-belief and take the first step — which is usually the hardest. I took the first step, I hope you are going to be on my side and become the next Backyard Hiker!

Risks and challenges

To be honest? The risks are low.

I've been doing my research since April, even went to test out the backpack trails in Kruger National Park myself in July. I will not lie, it is an AWESOME experience!

I have got more than 18 years experience in outdoor related marketing and had my own online e-commerce site for 10 years, which I sold successfully. Please read about me to get a bit more background about Peggy - A Backyard Hiker.

Why do I take this route now? Because I learned that if you get people on board an work on a project together, the end result is so much better.

It's not a shot in the dark because you are backed with lots of enthusiasts who believe in your project!

There is a big team ready to get started on the Backyard Hiker. They all have got experience in their field and now what to do as soon as we get the necessary funds.

The biggest challenge? Is probably to get a suitable date for the people who are coming to South Africa on the backpack trails. But it will probably be easier than I think :-)

P.S. If you are up to it, you can be part of the review board before we launch!

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    Pledge €4 or more About $5

    E-Book

    There are many reasons why hiking is good for you. We'll start with 8 :-)

    This is for those who don't really want to be part of our community but still want to support us.

    You rock, thanks!

    Includes:
    • E-book - 8 reasons why being outside is good for you!
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    Become "A Backyard hiker"

    Become part of our online hiking community, explore your backyard and enjoy the benefits of being outside and sharing your experience with like-minded people!

    Accept the 8-week challenge to go outside for at least one hour a week. If you succeed in the challenge you'll receive the exclusive Backyard Hiker bracelet (handmade for you)!

    Includes:
    • E-book - 8 reasons why being outside is good for you!
    • Year long membership - exclusive access to our hiking community!
    • A Backyard Hiker Bracelet (if you succeed in the challenge)
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    Pledge €125 or more About $143

    Get of your couch and get outside!

    You LOVE the idea of this community and you can't wait to get outside. But... you just need a bit extra support, only a kick in your butt will get you started, someone to Hold You Accountable for keeping up the good work?

    Then this 8-weight online personal coaching program is your thing! We'll start in January 2019 together and I'll make sure you'll get those New Year's resolutions for one ;-)

    Accept the 8-week challenge to go outside for at least one hour a week. If you succeed in the challenge you'll receive the exclusive Backyard Hiker bracelet (handmade for you)!

    Includes:
    • E-book - 8 reasons why being outside is good for you!
    • Year long membership - exclusive access to our hiking community!
    • A Backyard Hiker Bracelet (if you succeed in the challenge)
    • 8 week online coaching program
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    Pledge €440 or more About $503

    Brand partner

    Become a partner to our hiking community!

    We give the opportunity to four outdoor brands to partner up with A Backyard Hiker. Your brand will be featured with your logo and story on our site and on our E-book.

    You'll be able to connect to walking and hiking enthusiast all over the world.

    We'll do this hike together!

    All your team members will have a year long access to the online hiking community and will receive the E-book.

    Do you want an exclusive brand partnership? then you take up the 4 available backers spaces :-)

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    Pledge €480 or more About $549

    Kruger - Primitive backpack trail

    Together with 6 other backers, me and 2 field guides you'll go and discover my Backyard - The greater Kruger National Park in South Africa!

    We'll take you on a 4-day, 3-night hike. You'll be sleeping under the stars, cook your own meal, share the space with the big-five.

    Check FAQ for a full description.

    (Flight to and from Johannesburg is not included).

    Includes:
    • E-book - 8 reasons why being outside is good for you!
    • Year long membership - exclusive access to our hiking community!
    • A Backyard Hiker - Paracord bracelet
    • 4-Day primitive backpack trail in the Kruger National Park
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    Pledge €960 or more About $1,097

    Kruger - The Ultimate backpack trail

    Together with 6 other backers, me and 2 field guides you'll go and discover my Backyard - The greater Kruger National Park in South Africa!

    We'll take you on a 6-day, 5-night hike. You'll be sleeping under the stars, cook your own meal, share the space with the big-five.

    We are gonna hike approx. 20km a day, not for the faint hearted! But don't worry, I'll help you prepare for it.

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    (Flight to and from Johannesburg is not included).

    Includes:
    • E-book - 8 reasons why being outside is good for you!
    • Year long membership - exclusive access to our hiking community!
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    • Kruger - the ultimate trail
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Funding period

- (30 days)