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Wow, you're pledging me five dollars! You could have easily spent that money on a (pricey) coffee, a (cheap) six-pack of beer, or half of a Mountain House meal. Thank you for choosing to support Trail Tales instead! In this level you'll benefit from:

  • An invitation to the monthly Trail Tales video chat with myself and other supporters!
  • A hand-written card thanking you for your support
  • Two Trail Tales stickers sent to you

Triple Crowner!

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You did it! You maxed out your ability to support Trail Tales. Wow, you are a homie. Keep killing life. I think I might love you..? In this level you'll benefit from:
  • An invitation to the monthly Trail Tales video chat with myself and other supporters!
  • A hand-written card thanking you for your support
  • Two Trail Tales stickers sent to you
  • The ability to choose which alcoholic drink I consume during the recording of any upcoming episode of your choosing. Is that worth the extra $5? I guess I'll find out. Please no Four Lokos I'm begging

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My name is Kyle O'Grady, welcome to the Trail Tales Patreon!

In 2012, my 16-year-old-self decided I wanted to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Somehow I had the foresight to realize that the most opportune time to attempt the famous trail would be after my college graduation, and that idea stuck with me for the next six years. On May 14th 2018, I found myself on the summit of Springer Mountain, a mere 48 hours after I had walked on stage to receive my college diploma. I busted my ass through rain, heat, and cold until I finally made it to the summit of Mount Katahdin on October 1st, 2018. As I entered the final weeks of my thru-hike, I knew it would be hard to integrate back into society after such an incredible experience. I had been thinking about this goal for so long that it was essentially part of my identity, and I wasn't ready to let that go. Thus, the podcast Trail Tales was born. 

Every week I chat with another hiker as ingrained in thehiker trash world as I am. Through this podcast, I am able to share my stories with the world, and provide an avenue for my guests to do the same. Sometimes it's therapeutic. Sometime's it's comical. We even get a little emotional from time to time. Regardless of what happens, it's always a hell of a lot of fun. 

Your support on Patreon helps me in a number of different ways: 

  • Financially: This is the obvious one. All of the money I earn from my supporters goes directly back into making Trail Tales the best podcast it can possibly be. While I'm certainly not going broke producing this show, there are some costs associated with it and every dollar truly does make a difference. 
  • Feedback: Patreon is a unique avenue for receiving feedback, as it allows me to form a relationship with my supporters and hear from them on a regular basis. If people are going to be giving me their money, you bet you ass I'll be paying attention to their feedback about the show. 
  • Motivation: I'd be lying if I said my motivation for making Trail Tales is financial (if you don't believe me, re-read the first paragraph). However, having supporters that are willing to spend their hard-earned money on the show voluntarily is an important force of motivation. It shows me that people are interested and invested in my content, which is, for the lack of a better term, super-duper sick.
Thank you so so so much for your support!

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