Congratulations 2017 Thru-Hikers!

At Mountain Crossings, we wanted to dedicate a blog post to congratulate all the 2017 thru-hikers! About a week ago, we asked ya’ll to send us your finishing pictures so we could post them on our blog. Here they are and enjoy!

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“Amazon” March 20 – September 5, NOBO

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The Banana Split Fan Club
Calories, Brave, Banana Split and Pickles
Started on various dates between March and May but all finished on September 25, 2017, NOBO

 

 

“Bangles” Flip-Flop, summited Katahdin August 29, and Springer November 12

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“BC” July 14, 2001 – June 29, 2017, Section Hike – sections every year for 17 consecutive years!

 

 

“Burning Man” and “Peach”, March 4 – August 21, NOBO
Bonus picture: Them crushing pizza on a cold day at Mountain Crossings!

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“Fresh” March 1 – July 7, NOBO

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“Lumberjack” March 8 – September 16, NOBO

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“Lunatic” February 8 – July 11, NOBO – third AT thru-hike

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“Nope” February 18 – June 28, NOBO

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“Puddin,” “Waterboy,” and “Peaches” also known as “Dem Teepee Boys” – They all met at Mountain Crossings and hiked the trail together.

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“Rolling Thunder” June 4 – November 11, SOBO

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“Seth Rogen” March 31 – October 14, NOBO

 

 

“Lost” May 16 – October 18, Flip-Flop

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“Alpine” January 1 – June 13, NOBO

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“Pretzel” October 22-27 Tahoe Rim Trail

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“Starcrunch” and “Pano” May 1 – September 23, NOBO PCT

Congratulations again to these thru hikers and every other 2017 thru hiker! You should check out the AT medal for yourself, or a friend who recently finished the trail. If anyone is interested in thru-hiking in the future, please do not hesitate to call, email, or stop by the store! We love talking about thru-hiking and helping others achieve their goals. We are also hosting an AT Prep Class that’s taught by TheBackpacker.tv this January and February. Find out more information on their website here. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide

It is that time of year again, Christmas time! While we enjoy all the splendors that this season brings, we also have that chore on our list, buying Christmas presents. The great thing about buying gifts for hikers is there are so many different items to choose from! Hiking gear is always evolving, and whether you have the big bucks, or just want something small, we’ve got it at Mountain Crossings. Even if your loved one isn’t into hiking, we have all kinds of trinkets and clothes for everyone. Here is this years top picks for Christmas presents at Mountain Crossings!

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Souvenir Items – Under $50
These little gifts are perfect for the hiking friend in your life. Whether you have done a thru-hike, section-hike, or day hike, these gifts are a great way to remind a loved one of their time on the trail! We have pins, stickers, magnets, koozies, mugs, frames, jewelry, and more. Check it out on our website here.

Hiking Equipment – Under $50
An item that won’t break the bank, but is something every hiker should have, is a water filter. The Sawyer Squeeze is one of the best out there. I personally used the same one for 2500 miles of hiking with no issues! Any backpacker will appreciate a Sawyer. Another inexpensive item that all backpackers can use, is a drysack. The Granite Gear eVent Sil drysack is perfect to use as a food bag, clothes bag, etc. Stuff it with candy and set it under the Christmas tree. The last more affordable item I recommend, is a Toaks Titanium Cup. This is perfect for making hot chocolate, coffee, or even just gatorade on the trail. It’s lightweight and easy to carry.

Hiking Equipment – $50 or more
The bigger ticket items that can make great gifts include sleeping bags, tents, and sleeping pads. My favorite sleeping bag is the Western Mountaineering 20 degree Alpinlite. It is so warm and cozy and you have some wiggle room because it is wider than the other 20 degree Western Mountaineering bag. The Big Agnes UL Fly Creek is an all time favorite. It is super lightweight and comfortable. The most popular sleeping pad on the trail is the Thermarest NeoAir Xlite. It’s a blow up pad but it doesn’t take too much to blow it up, and it’s worth it for the comfort. Check out all these items in store and online!

Clothing – Under $50
A pair of base layers is a perfect gift for anyone that sees some colder weather. You can wear them just lounging around the house, or for a day of hiking and camping. Since they are stretchy, sizing isn’t as difficult to predict. The lightweight Patagonia Capilene base layers are on sale and under $50.

When you were a kid, socks may not have been the most exciting thing under the tree. As an adult, socks are great! Especially a pair of Darn Toughs, they are perfect for hiking, or just everyday life. You can never have too many socks.

A hat is another great gift. We have an assortment of hats, whether it says Mountain Crossings, Appalachian Trail, or Blood Mountain, anyone will love the fit and feel of our hats.

 

Clothing – $50 or more
We have a lot of great men’s and women’s outerwear in the store and online. The Women’s Patagonia Re-Tool Snap Pullover is one of my favorites because it is so comfortable. The Los Gatos Jacket or vest is an overall popular item because it is soft and comfortable, but also fashionable. The men’s North Face Campshire jacket or hoody are super soft and great for hiking or a night on the town.

Shoes can be a difficult thing to buy for someone else, unless they’ve told you their size and kind of shoe they want. If you don’t want to risk it, a pair of camp shoes is a great gift. We have the Xero Sandals that are super lightweight and easy to pack away in your pack. They can also be used as a casual sandal to wear in the Spring and Summer. You can always come by the store and get fitted for some hiking shoes. We have all the best brands in our store.

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Xero Amuri-Trek Sandal

T-Shirts!
We have so many different t-shirts for everyone on your list. “May the forest be with you” shirt is great for that witty friend of yours. We have another popular shirt of a bearded guy with a bird in his beard. Your fellow hiking friends have probably felt this way about their beard at one point in their life. It grows so big you don’t know if there is a bird living in it! The synthetic Appalachian Trail topo map t-shirt features maps of Katahdin and Springer mountain. It’s great for your active friends and family. We also have the cutest little baby onsie. It says “Future AT hiker” and is great for friends who have started a family.

This completes our 2017 holiday gift guide! We have more items in the store than online, so you can always come on by and get all your Christmas shopping done in one go. We still have our Salomon shoes for 50% off, La Sportiva shoes for 30% off, scarves for 20% off, and other sale racks in the store for 30% off select items. Come on by and happy holidays!