imagine winton at neels gap mountain crossings or any hostle close to the start in georgia, rented you all your gear. all used. repaired. collected from an exchange program for discounts on new gear.all able to squeeze out one thru hike. all for rent with the option to buy for a fair cost.and profits would cover repairs and loss and replacement . being able to rent equiptment and clothing you normaly could not afford to buy and learning about good gear use and care might qualifi this program for some sort of grant. the newbee would have less intrpidation about the costs of a thruhike and it might boost overall hikeing. oppinions?