Appalachian Trail Stories

There have been some great trail stories lately that Mountain Crossings would like to highlight this week. We have pulled the stories from other blogs and given brief summaries about them below. The links for the original blogs are included so check them out!

AT Story Contest
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is holding a contest related to your stories on the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail has changed many lives and people who venture along the trail will likely have a wonderful story. There are several categories for the contest that include; audio, video, written, and physical works. They are accepting submissions from October 4, 2016 – January 31, 2017. You can find more information regarding the contest and where to submit your story here.

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myATstory contest through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Trail Brothers
The most recent trail story from the ATC’s contest is called “Trail Brothers.” It is a short video about two brothers from New York City who hiked from the City to the Appalachian Trail. One brother thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2012 and wanted to share a little of his experience with his brother. They talk about wanting to get out of the busy city and into the woods. They highlight some of the difficulties of hiking, I think all of us can relate to and they share some encouraging words. Check out the video below and thanks to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for hosting this awesome contest. Keep your eyes out for the stories in the upcoming months!

Paul’s Boots
This past year, a woman named M’Lynn contacted the Dirtbag Diaries, which is a podcast dedicated to stories out in the wild. M’Lynn’s husband, Paul, had a dream to hike the Appalachian Trail. He passed away before he could make his dream come true but his wife thought maybe his boots could make the whole journey instead. The Dirtbag Diaries started this adventure to get hikers to carry his boots and it quickly gained ground with other bloggers and companies. The goal was to encourage others to make their dreams come true while they can. It also highlights the hiking community and inspiring hikers that were excited to carry the boots and make Paul’s dream come true. We had “Daddy Long Legs” come by Mountain Crossings back in early April of this thru hiker season carrying the boots. They made it the whole way and a fantastic documentary about the experience was released last week. Check it out here to see more of the adventures of Paul’s boots.


“Daddy Long Legs” at Mountain Crossings with Paul’s boots

Mountain Crossings Stories
We get great stories here at Mountain Crossings as well! Every day we get day hikers, section hikers, and thru hikers. Each person has a unique experience out on the trail and we love to hear each one. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story with us!

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Fun hikers out for the day


12th Annual Hemlock Festival

We are well into Autumn now and that means one of our favorite local festivals is right around the corner! The Hemlock Festival, held in Dahlonega, GA, always comes about during the first full weekend of November. The dates for 2016 are the 4th, 5th an 6th. Mark your calendars!


There are two reasons you should pencil this event into your busy life! The first is that it is an excellent excuse to have a fun filled weekend in the beautiful north Georgia mountains during the best time of year. The Hemlock Fest is designed as a music festival, with bands playing way into the night. But the entertainment doesn’t stop at music. There is food, vendors, artisans, and educational workshops throughout the weekend. Not to mention camping, canoeing and hiking along the walking trails of Starbridge Sanctuary, the privately owned land the festival is held on.


The second reason to attend this event is to benefit the efforts of the Lumpkin Coalition to Save the Hemlocks! On the east coast, our Hemlock trees are fighting a battle with an invasive species from Asia called the woolly adelgid. These parasites suck the sap from the tree, killing it within years. Hemlocks in Asia and on the west coast have predators that keep the adelgid population in check but they are running rampant on the east coast with out a natural predator. The Lumpkin Coalition, who hosts the Hemlock Festival each year, has been working with many other local groups to help save the hemlocks.


Woolly Adelgids affecting a Hemlock tree.


Close up of Woolly Adelgids on a Hemlock tree.






Each year the Hemlock Festival is a super fun weekend! Look into ticket information for a full weekend of camping or day passes to the festival here. If you are looking for a family event, there is a lot for every one at the Hemlock Festival! Help us Save our Hemlocks while having a great time!


A grove of health Hemlocks!


Fall Foliage

Cooler weather and changing leaf colors mark the beginning of fall. We welcome it with open arms because we are tired of this Georgia heat. There will be numerous amounts of people coming to the mountains for “leaf peeping” and hiking. We hope everyone will stop on by the store for a visit!


Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

Why do leaves change?
In the spring and summer, plants are able to gather more sunlight for photosynthesis, which is the food making process. The chlorophyll in the leaves gives them their green color during this time. The other colors are present as well but the green takes over. In the fall, the days become shorter and it becomes cooler. This slows down and eventually stops the food making process. The chlorophyll breaks down and reveals the other colors such as yellow, red, and orange. There are many different kinds of trees and each one may show some colors more prominently than others. That is what makes the Appalachians so beautiful in the fall because the mountain range is very old and has many different types of trees and plants growing here.


Changing Leaves

“Leaf Peeping” and fall tourism
Many mountain towns rely on fall tourists to keep their businesses alive. Fall festivals occur every weekend in small North Georgia towns. They bring people together and have fun activities, music, and gifts for sale. The weather is perfect and of course, the leaves are changing. Jay Markwalter, the tourism director for the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce says, “Fall is our peak season, not only for colorful foliage, but for an influx of visitors. Visitors center numbers double, while retail merchants, accommodations and restaurants report that business triples in October.” Towns are catering to these “leaf peepers” with special deals, and even weekly updates on the changing leaf colors.

There are other activities associated with the fall season such as apple or pumpkin picking. These types of businesses are sometimes only open in the fall because this is when their produce is in season and no one wants to pick out a pumpkin in the middle of the summer. Driving has become a popular activity because you can see the changing leaves right from your window. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great example. It has stunning views throughout the Southern Appalachians and there are several towns along the way. Highway 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains is another good road with great views. If you want to get out and stretch your legs, there are endless hiking trails throughout these regions.


Burts Pumpkin Farm

Want to know more?

If the science of changing leaves interests you, or you would like to know more about identifying trees, we have this book, “Fall Color and Woodland Harvests” which has great pictures of trees in the fall and helps you identify them. If you’re looking for some good hiking, driving, or other activities this fall, check out There is a wealth of information for locals and tourists to come check out Georgia this fall. If you are looking for more to do in the Southeast, has several other links to popular areas in the Southern Appalachian Mountains such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Asheville, North Carolina. Stop by Mountain Crossings and the staff will be more than happy to help you with your questions!


“Fall Color and Woodland Harvests”

Wilderness Therapy and Beer

To many of us, drinking a beer in the mountains IS Wilderness Therapy, but for many troubled youth, this special subset of therapy is a second chance at getting a hold of their lives and forging a healthy path of self reliance and self respect. Those are the key goals of many Wilderness Therapy programs, including the Jason William Hunt Foundation.


This foundation out of Ohio looks to not only keep alive the memory and spirit of Jason William Hunt, but also Jason’s desire to help at-risk youth through Wilderness Therapy. Who was Jason? Just a guy. A guy with a huge love for the outdoors and a heart for helping kids find their way through life with the help of exposure to the outdoors. He was a rock climber who lost his life doing what he loved but not before spending ample time working for many Wilderness Therapy programs and gaining a higher purpose to his life.

Now the Jason William Hunt Foundation is seeking your support by asking you to drink beer. Think you can help them out?!

Throughout September and October the Foundation is raising awareness for Wilderness Therapy with the help of micro breweries in 13 states across the country. According to the Foundation website, “each brewer is designating a beer for the month and will make a donation at month’s end to the foundation’s scholarship fund based on that beer’s sales.” So by drinking beer you are helping an at-risk kid get the help they need and have a life changing experience. We don’t know about you, but we are on board!


Our neighbor North Carolina is one of the 13 states on the list and we have selected a few breweries in Asheville (an incredible town for beer and the outdoors) that we highly suggest you check out. There are nine other breweries across North Carolina that are also participating so feel free to check those out if you can’t make it to Asheville.  

Wicked Weed Brewing Company — Get the Dirndl Bock


Oyster House Brewing Company — Get the Moonstone Oyster Stout


One World Brewing Company — Get the Mountain High Rye


The Foundation asks:

“When you stop by to enjoy their brew please
1.thank the management for participating
2.take a selfie with the management/staff the selfie on social media of your choice
4.use the hashtag #cheerstowilderness
5.Remember to include brewery’s name in post.
6.EX. Thanking 50West #cheerstowilderness”

Running the Appalachian Trail

Just over a month ago we did a blog post about Karl Meltzer, an ultra-runner from Utah, attempting to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Well, guess what: he finished and broke the record! He arrived at Springer Mountain at 3:38 am on September 18. He completed the 2189 mile trail in 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes. For his final stretch, Karl ran 83 miles in 24 hours.

On Saturday the 17th, former AT thru-hike record holder Scott Jurek came into Mountain Crossings to check out the store -he didn’t get to stop by the year before because he was running the trail. Scott has been running with Karl for some sections, and he was happy his friend was going to break the record. Later that day, Karl’s support crew came by and prepared for his arrival. They were all very friendly and had enjoyed the journey from Maine. Karl came through Mountain Crossings around 6:30 pm and sat down for only 20 seconds before he was on his way again. Congratulations are in order to Karl for accomplishing this great feat!
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“Karl always told me he loved the Appalachian Trail.
We have spent many days on the AT. I only hike the trail; he runs over those rocks!
I always thought I just exposed him to the mountains; he stayed and made a life and career there.
He has taken me t
o the mountains, deserts and canyons, all because of this “running thing.”
-Karl’s Dad

What does ultra-running mean?

Technically, ultra-running is running a distance longer than a marathon, 26.2 miles, in one go. Races usually have a predetermined distance, but in some cases there is only a set time period. For example, there may be a 100 mile race, or a 24 hour race to see how far you can run. Ultra-running has become very popular the last twenty years, and there are numerous races around the globe.

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Speeds on the Appalachian Trail

There has been plenty of criticism about hiking the trail too fast, but a common phrase in trail culture is, “hike your own hike!” Karl wanted to break the speed record, so great for him. Plenty of other hikers want to really push their bodies every day and see how far they can go, and we should allow them to do that. They might not care about seeing every overlook or stopping in every town. Each person has their own goals and they should not be judged for them. If you don’t want to hike fast, then don’t! Don’t let other people pressure you to go faster than you want. Encouragement and pushing yourself can be good, but no need to go farther just to appease others.


Karl and support crew taking a break at Mountain Crossings

Is Meltzer’s record already broken?

Kaiha Bertollini posted on Facebook just 13 hours later that she had finished the AT, unsupported, and about 12 hours faster than Meltzer. There has been some speculation surrounding her claims, so she is currently asking for verification from people who saw her along the way. Regardless of the outcome, great job to her as well as all others completing the trail this year.

A Reader’s Guide to Thru Hike Prep

It’s getting to be that time of year again. You can feel it in the breeze. You can see it on the edges of the early turning trees. Fall is coming! And soon behind it will come winter. There is little else in the world that makes me more content than laying in a hammock with a good book and a cool breeze rustling through the bright Autumn leaves, save for maybe curling up with a similarly good book and sipping on hot tea as snow falls outside. It’s the best time of year to start stacking up some good books to read. If you are planning a thru hike (or simply love all things AT) here is a list of some of my favorite Appalachian Trail centered books to help inspire you to thru hike and prepare you to hike in numerous different ways!

(click on any book title or image for a link to the book!)

First thing, first: GET INSPIRED!

As a former thru hiker and big time book worm, I’ve read a pretty good amount of Appalachian Trail memoirs. I find these to be the most inspiring; reading about the high ands lows of someone’s experience makes you excited to face the same things in the future. You place yourself in their shoes and know that when you are on trail many similar situations will arise. It gets butterflies churning through your stomach to think about. Here are my top memoir suggestions:

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery


This is one of the more inspiring memoirs of an AT thru hike I have ever read. It is actually written as a biography of Emma Gatewood, who at age 67 set out for her first thru hike in 1955. This was also the first thru hike recorded by a woman on her own. Grandma Gatewood traveled light, wearing Keds tennis shoes and carrying a satchel over her arm with a little bit of food and clothing and a plastic shower curtain for shelter. She not only thru hiked the AT in ’55, but again in ’60 and even section hiked it in ’63. This woman’s life was an incredible one and well worth reading about!

A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson


This is by far the most popular memoir about the Appalachian Trail out there and has recently become even more popularized by the movie version released in 2015. Bill Bryson enlists an old buddy to take on the AT with him to satiate their need for adventure in life. The two quickly learn they have bitten off more than they can chew. The proceedings are hilarious but in no way an account of a true thru hike. The pair only makes it a short ways and then Bryson jumps up trail to get a better sense of the AT, but the character mapping is pretty on point for the AT. You just never know what you’re going to find around the next bend!

Just Passin’ Thru by Winton Porter


This one is about a pretty cool little place (we may be a bit biased) that nearly every single Northbound thru hiker sees during their time on trail. Standing at mile 31.7, on day 3 for most hikers, is a funky little place called Mountain Crossings. This neat place sits right on the AT, along a remote mountain highway, and offers a  bit of solace to new hikers getting used to the idea of a six month outdoor expedition. You meet the interesting characters who run the place and the even more interesting characters who choose to hike the AT. This is a much different Mountain Crossings than the one that exists today, but then again, some things never change!


After you’re pumped up on the stories of others and aching to go out and make your own, then you need to start getting ready to do just that! This next set of books will be a world of help preparing you for the trek ahead. Some focus on your gear, others on your route, and still others, on you yourself, the most important key to your success!

Trail Tested by Justin Lichter


Justin Lichter, aka, Trauma, has hiked over 35,000 miles of trail all over the world and besides being a beast among men, he is also a really nice guy! We don’t push his book just because he is a friend, but because it is the most comprehensive gear guide we have ever seen! Not to mention the best visual guide, as well. Trauma not only goes over all the different gear possibilities for backpacking and their uses, but also goes into wilderness survival, reading the weather, tips and tricks for hiking in different climates and a ton of other things you wouldn’t even think to ask but will be sure to find all in this one book! Did I mention the pictures?! He makes it so easy to grasp complicated aspects to explain by using ample visual aide. This is the one stop shop book for preparing you for the trail and all things backpacking!

Appalachian Trials by Zach Davis


This is the ONLY psychological and emotional guide I have ever seen to help guide you in thru hiking the AT and I absolutely encourage all prospective thru hikers to read this book just before setting out on trail! In fact, I am not sure how thru hiking and the Appalachian Trail got to be so popular before someone finally (thank goodness for the rest of us) thought to write this much needed book! You could have the best gear, the strongest body and perfect weather the whole time but none of these things will get you to Katahdin. Only you can do that! In Zach’s book, Appalachian Trials, he focuses on exactly that; all the many, exceedingly different and challenging trials you will face on the AT. He walks you through his own trials (and he had a fair amount of them, the poor guy) and goes over how he worked through them all. Besides being a super fun and enjoyable read, this also ended up saving me on my own thru hike. I followed his prompts in the book to safe guard myself against those tough days when quitting is easy. Zach encourages hikers make a series of lists, which will absolutely end up talking you out of quitting on a tough day if you take their creation seriously. DO IT! READ THIS BOOK AND DO IT!

AWOL’s Guide by David Miller


While this isn’t exactly a book you’d curl up and read cover to cover, it will be one you will wear out cover to cover. I always like encouraging people to buy their AT Guide early and review it, learn how to use it. Most importantly, don’t waste your time with other guides if you’re going to thru hike. This has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Purchase this book as soon as it is available for your thru hiking year and start familiarizing yourself with it. Start planning the first few days on trail or go on a small section hike to get the hang of using it. It is incredible that this book stays so up to date from year to year and the hard work of those who keep it up to date is a blessing to all AT hikers!

O’Ree On The AT

It takes a lot of courage and drive to set out into the woods and just start following a trail. It is way easier to just drive around the mountains and stop at all the scenic overlooks. But as we can tell just by the existence of the AT and many great trails like it, this isn’t enough for some folks. O’Ree Crittenden is one of those people. He loves the outdoors, living an active lifestyle and wouldn’t change for anything. O’Ree may be a quadriplegic, but he isn’t using this as an excuse as to why he can’t hike the Georgia Section of the AT. That’s right. 78.6 miles from Springer Mountain to Bly Gap. With the help of a special wheelchair called a TrailRider and a crew of super awesome buddies from high school and the following years of his life, O’Ree is about half way there as I write!!


O’Ree on the AT!

Before an accident that left O’Ree paralyzed, he was more active than he is currently. Currently, he is more active than most typical Americans. He recently was on a wheelchair rugby team called Shepard Smash and just last month went sky diving. He unknowingly became the poster child for independent disabled persons in his community by simply living a life true to himself. After the accident, the desire to get back on trail and continue backpacking was always strong. O’Ree loved watching his friend Lee and his family and keeping up with their outdoor adventures. One day, that dream to hike started to become a reality when O’Ree sent Lee a text: “Do you think you could get me out there?” Lee responded with an immediate and resounding “Yes!” Enter the TrailRider.


Everything that is yellow (and a good bit more) is an addition or a change made by O’Ree and the crew.

A TrailRider is a specialized kind of rugged wheelchair that sits on one off-road tire and operates by one person pushing and another pulling along the trail (check out the video below). Lee says that there are about 117 TrailRiders in existence and estimates about 20 are in the US. This awesomely mobile wheelchair has been up Mt. Kilimanjaro and down into the Grand Canyon. But this is the first time a TrailRider has been on the Appalachian Trail! They aren’t the cheapest rig in the world but O’Ree and his band of most excellent buddies got to work on collecting up the funds to purchase one. Once they cleared that hurtle and had one in their possession, they began to tailor it for O’Ree’s specific needs. They changed the seat up and switched out the belting system with the same sort of belt O’Ree used for wheelchair rugby. They removed the foot plate and rigged up their own system. They changed the locations of the hand brakes for more versatile braking. Over several test hikes, the crew created the perfect all terrain wheelchair for the expedition.


The crew outside the hostel at Mountian Crossings.

O’Ree and the crew rolled into Neel Gap late in the afternoon and took up camp in the hostel. They took a zero day the next day resting up and waiting on a spare tire for the TrailRider if the one should blow. They cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and hung out all day in the temperate weather somewhere between Summer and Fall. We snuck down as many times as we could just to hang out with them. We caught them in conversation anytime they came into the shop. It was just too great to have a group of such happy and fun people around!

But alas, the show must go on. O’Ree and the crew rolled out this morning. We can’t wait to continue watching them hike north!

By The Way:

When O’Ree isn’t out chasing after his dreams in the wilderness of North Gerogia, he works for a nonprofit in Columbus, GA called Access 2 Independence. He also sits on several boards and committees throughout the community to represent the disabled demographic. If you’re looking for inspiration to live a purpose and meaning filled life, look no further than O’Ree Crittenden.

Thru Hiker Communication at it’s Best

Despite being able to catch cell service on many mountain tops along the Appalachian Trail these days, there is still one form a communication between hikers that beats out all the others. The shelter registry or logbook is the king of information along the Appalachian Trail. It is nearly like browsing the internet for the latest news in your community. It is also like checking a social media page to see what your friends and acquaintances have been up to lately. It can even be a great source of entertainment as you wait out a rain storm in a shelter or drift off to sleep at night. The logbook is a crucial part of AT culture and can come in handy during your hike.



Logbooks are usually spiral bound note books or composition note books left in a shelter by the folks who maintain that particular shelter. Once a logbook has filled up, the maintainers replace it with a new one.

Logbooks or registers are found in every shelter along the AT. Usually they are in a large zip lock bag with a pen or pencil, tucked away in a corner. They are also sometimes found in other randoms places along the AT, such as tucked away in the stone of the rock on Springer, in the breezeway at Mountain Crossings, or next to the hiker box in the outfitter at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.


The pile of stones on top of Springer Mountain bearing the historical plaque has a small metal box built into the side of the rock pile. Within this metal box is the first official logbook on the Appalachian Trail. Hikers take time out of their first day of hiking to reflect on the journey ahead of them, jot down their thoughts and read the thoughts of hikers before them.

Trail registries are a great way for hikers to stay in the loop about a particular area or portion of trail. By reading the logbook at each shelter a hiker can find out about bear activity, trail conditions headed north or south, suspicious people along the trail and even water availability. Not to mention, a hiker can also see that their friends Blue Berry and Freckles are headed into town and surmise that they can catch up with them there.


Salty and Waffles are headed into town and have been loving the wildflowers along the way!

Because of the sheer amount of people using and handling logbooks, they can sometimes become a hot bed for sickness. Most of the time, checking the logbook is a very smart and fun thing to do while on a hike. But in the event of an outbreak of Noro Virus, a common hiker stomach bug, avoid touching logbooks just as you would avoid sleeping at shelters and using privies. Overall, these little nuggets of thru hiking culture are a fun way to gain all sorts of important information from another. For such an outdated method of indirect communication, the logbooks along the AT are incredibly useful and wonderful tools! Be sure to check out the logbook while on your thru hiker, next section hike or day hike along the Appalachian Trail and help contribute to the colorful culture and information sharing on our beautiful trail!

Start Your Engines

Full blown thru hiker season is roughly six months away. That means many hikers attempting a thru in 2017 are readying themselves for the trail now. At least, if they’re smart they are! They are researching gear, building up their perfect gear combination and getting out on practice hikes. Some may be reading Trail Tested to learn more about different backpacking scenarios, gear, and how to use that gear in those scenarios. Others may already be reading Appalachian Trials to get their head in the right place for the life changing experience ahead of them. Regardless, the time for preperation for an Appalachian Trial thru hike is here! So consider taking your preperation even one step further and getting a Virtual Shakedown from Mountain Crossings.

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What is a Virtual Shakedown, you may be asking? A virtual shakedown is your best bet at saving yourself a lot of hassle throughout the first stretch of your thru hike!!

Many people find that they learn a lot (the hard way, unfortunately) about backpacking and what not to carry during the first three days of their trip. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect when you are embarking on a 6 month hike unless you are fortunate enough to have the guidance of a former thru hiker to assist you. Of course, each person if different in their needs, but the virtual shakedown is designed to help people who would like to avoid carrying extra weight and avoid paying shipping on sending items home to do just that. Why carry 10lbs. of gear you are going to spend $30 to send home on day three or four when you can avoid it all together?

Want a tiny pack like this that still has all the gear needed to keep you comfortable, safe and happy on trail?! Get a Virtual Shake Down!

Why carry a huge pack with too much stuff when you can have it easy from the get-go?!

Just as with a regular shakedown in store at Mountain Crossings, an experienced backpacker assists you in culling through your items and choosing what to keep, what to pitch and what to add, if needed. But with a Virtual Shakedown, you can do this process from your own home using a simple video conference technology called Google Hangout. The cost of a Virtual Shakedown is $100, but that is merely a rebate, meaning each and every piece of gear you scoop up from Mountain Crossings during your shakedown is free up to $100.

Whether you already have all your gear or need everything, the virtual shakedown is a wonderful way to make sure you are set for the trail before you leave.  Say you have everything but a sleeping bag. Think of the virtual shakedown as a personal crash course on thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and $100 towards a sleeping bag. If you have nothing, you not only get a chance to pick the brain of a gear guru and former thru hiker about what to purchase, you also get $100 towards those purchases!


A Bit of Info on the Virtual Shake Down

  1. Anyone of any experience level or preparedness can participate in a Virtual Shake Down. (Whether you’re a former thru hiker looking to shed some pack weight or only have three pieces of gear, all are welcome!)
    2. A computer with video chat capabilities (built in or attached video camera and microphone) is needed for a Virtual Shakedown.
    3. Virtual Shake Downs happen over an application called Google Hangout. We will provide you with a dummy G-Mail account for use during the shake down.
    4. A Virtual Shake Down costs $100, but that cost is a 100% (absolutely full and total) rebate!!
    5. During the shake down you will have access to all the entire inventory of Mountain Crossings and we will help you locate the exact items you need to complete or update your gear set.
    6. After you have chosen what you need from the shop, you will have 48 hours to purchase these items and apply your $100 rebate towards your gear.

Big Agnes Sale Now Until August 10th

Big Agnes is one of our top selling brands and for good reason! They make quality products that you know you can count on. Two of their products take a slot as one of the most commonly used shelters on the Appalachian Trail for thru hikers. (Check out this fascinating article on Appalachian Trials about last years thru hiker gear stats!) That’s pretty crazy to have TWO different products that are so great, that many thru hikers use on or the other. And those who don’t use a Fly Creek or Copper Spur tent definitely know someone who does! Big agnes is a company that stands behind their products and their customers.


What’s even more impressive is that Big Agnes has only been on the scene for about 15 years. That’s not a very long time in comparison to other top outdoor brands like Patagonia, North Face and REI, which have all been around since the 1960’s. Big Agnes has made major waves quickly.

But the Mother of Comfort is also the Mother of Invention and Big Agnes is constantly on the updating their excellent fleet of gear. Come thru hiker season next year, many items will be slightly different. That is why we are having a huge Big Agnes blow out sale this week!



Every other day this week we will announce a featured product on Facebook and Instagram that gets and even deeper discount than the 20% off. Everything else remains to be 20% off, so you can buy the footprint for cheap even if a sleeping pad is on super sale that day. We are talking ALL Big Agnes, here. Tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, air pad pumps, MtnGlo lights, foot prints. Its ALL 20% off all week! Be sure to be looking for online updates about particular times on sale and scoop up those coupon codes to be used during check out. Don’t miss out on this incredible sale!