Frequently Asked Questions about the Virtual Shake Down
What is a Virtual Shake Down?
A Virtual Shake Down is an online version of Mountain Crossings famous tradition of offering a Shake Down to new thru hikers. Our specialty outdoor retailer sits at mile 31.7 on the Appalachian Trail and for decades the Shake Down has been a service offered to hikers who need a little bit of help lightening up the load of their packs. Our experienced thru hiker staff can help you eliminate some of the extra pounds and ship it home for you from the shop. With the Virtual Shake Down, our hope is to help you feel more confident in your gear and your knowledge of that gear before you are out on the trail by answering any and all questions as well as teaching you more about the gear you have and the gear you need.
Why do I need a Shake Down?
After three days of walking on the AT, you have a much better sense of what you need than when you were standing on Springer. If you’re still unsure, our staff of former thru hikers can help you trim down on unneeded items. Don’t make your thru hike tougher than it has to be. Get a Shake Down!
How does a Virtual Shake Down work?
The Virtual Shake Down is a video conference using the Google Hangout platform.
How much does it cost?
A Virtual Shake Down costs $100.00 but that $100.00 can be applied to the purchase of gear or gifts from the shop. Few people make it out of a Shake Down without needing to pick up or switch out a piece or two of gear. The $100.00 you pay for the shakedown is a 100% rebate for item online or that you saw during the Shake Down. Even if you have an item you want to pick up that you may not have talked over (Mountain House meals, socks, water bottles), feel free to ask the staff member who does your shakedown about it so you can take advantage of the rebate.
What if I don’t have all of my gear yet?
No worries if you don’t have your full gear set up! Simply come prepared with whatever gear you have for your thru hike thus far at the time of your Shake Down. We can start anywhere and the more gear you have left to buy, the easier it will be to use up your $100.00 rebate.
Thanks to Carlie Gentry and Appalachian Trials: http://appalachiantrials.com/top-5-items-sent-home-in-a-shakedown/
Thanks to Mountain Crossings for their shakedown process: www.mountaincrossings.com