Thru Hiker Kick Off Party Success

This past Saturday was our Thru Hiker Kick Off Party and it was an absolute blast. After many, many days of winter weather, it was the first day of bright sunshine we had seen in far too long. The snow was melting away by the minute and many of us were soaking up as much sun as possible!


The calm before the storm

We had a constant flow of friendly faces filing through the door and milling around outside enjoying the day. Festivities included live music from Raven and Red, a Gear Raffle, several gear reps brings us all the best of many outdoor companies, grilled hot dogs and a fire pit for S’more making.

Raven and Red, a band out of Nashville, TN, played several sets of incredible music. They brought us all the favorites from bluegrass, mountain music and folk. Their beautiful harmonies and sure finger plucking set the mood perfectly as is resounds out of our bay window.


Raven and Red provided us with excellent acoustic tunes

Through our Gear Raffle we were able to raise $740 for a project illustrating the Civil Conservation Corps and the Appalachian Trail in Union County. We had donations for raffle prizes from gear companies like Big Agnes, Granite Gear, Sawyer, Osprey, Point6 Socks, Wright Socks, Mountain Hardwear and many, many more! Gear reps came and set up booths what displayed the products of many of the raffle prizes.


Allen is the rep for Big Agnes, Granite Gear, Helinox, Point6 Socks and others


Chaz is the rep for Salewa Shoes. We just got a our first shipment into the shop a few weeks ago!

Cullen is the rep for Therm-a-Rest, Osprey, MSR, and the rsy

Cullen is the rep for Cascade Designs, Osprey, and MSR

Richard Judy was signing copies of his book Thru: An Appalachian Love Story

Richard Judy was signing copies of his book Thru: An Appalachian Love Story

Our Kick Off Party is always an excellent excuse to get friends and neighbors up to the shop for a good time. We always love meeting new people who find their way to us and this party was the official kick off to the season where we meet the most new friends and faces. Happy 2015 Thru Hike Season, everyone! We are already in the thick of it now and loving it. Hope you are as well!



3 thoughts on “Thru Hiker Kick Off Party Success

  1. Trying to get a bearing on a buddy who was supposed to depart Springer March 4th.  Has Shaggyhobo been thru Neels Gap yet?Thanks!Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

  2. Pingback: 2016 Thru Hiker Kick Off Party | Mountain Crossings at Neel Gap

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