Grounds Keepers Sponsorship Thru-Hike Program


Applications to the Grounds Keepers program are now closed. Thank you to all who applied. We were blown away by the amount of people who want to do the physical work of packing out trash while they hike. Keep up the good work out there, and help us support the Grounds Keepers at

Program Details:
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Since we first met them at Appalachian Trail Days in 2015, we’ve been incredibly inspired by the Packing It Out team, and are now mirroring their mission in Granite Gear’s first sponsored thru-hike program, the Grounds Keepers. Packing It Out took on both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails in the last two years with a mission to clean up those sacred wild places and to impact surrounding communities by embodying the Leave No Trace principles.

For the upcoming 2017 thru-hike season, we are selecting 15 hikers to deck out in Granite Gear and be the “Keepers” on the trails during their thru-hike. The Grounds Keepers team members must have:

• Definitive plans to attempt a thru hike of a long trail in the US in 2017
• A 100% promise to “Leave it better” with Leave No Trace ethics,and pick up & pack out trash whenever possible
• Ability to be a storyteller through imagery on social media (Instagram) & the Granite Gear Journal
• Must use products supplied by Granite Gear throughout entire thru hike


5 thoughts on “Grounds Keepers Sponsorship Thru-Hike Program

  1. Hello,

    My name is Scott Elliott and I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail starting at Springer Mountain at the beginning of March 2017. I commonly encounter situations related to trash/garbage in the back country that leave me speechless, meaning there is too much trash all over the woods. I always take this type of scenario into my own hands and I start picking up trash to bring back to the car. If I am considered I promise to practice the “Leave it better” philosophy and pick up trash and pack it out whenever possible. I am already involved in a variety of online resources that promote/inspire the backpacking community, if given this opportunity I will provide updates via Instagram and the Granite Gear Journal. I am 28 years old and I have lots of energy, let me help clean up the trails!

    Thank you,

  2. Hello,
    I was wondering if the grounds keeper sponsorships were announced yet? I have been waiting for today for a long time and haven’t heard anything. Thanks for your time 🙂 much love
    Super excited for life ♡♡♡♡

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