“The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States.
Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season. Tying the trail together is a community of volunteers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Together, we explore, create and support one of the best experiences on earth.” -via the Pacific Crest Trail Association
Don’t miss the 9th annual Pacific Crest Trail Days (an event produced by Outdoor Viewfinder), where you can check out the latest outdoor recreation gear from exhibiting sponsors, participate in free classes & activities, win awesome products at the raffles, enjoy local food and beverages, participate in a trail work party, go for a hike or a bike ride, spend the weekend camping under the stars, and enjoy the beautiful setting in the Marine Park of Cascade Locks, Oregon. PCT DAYS is family-friendly and free to attend, with a small fee for overnight camping on Thunder Island. All raffle proceeds are donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West. Don’t miss out on being a part of a great time for a great cause!
August 28-30th Osprey Packs is returning to the greatest celebration of trail life on the west coast — better known as Pacific Crest Trail Days!
PCT DAYS is an annual three-day event that promotes outdoor recreation and the products of exhibiting sponsors, with a focus on hiking, camping, and backpacking gear. PCT DAYS takes place in the Marine Park of Cascade Locks, Oregon, located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. There are several reasons why PCT Days is one not to miss. It is not only the breathtaking views from Thunder Island of the Columbia River Gorge or the easy access to trails including the PCT itself but also the strength of community is ever so present as PCT days provides a place of recollection for those touched by the trail. Hundreds of PCT “alumni” travel from the near city of Portland, OR and others from across the nation, head to this event for a weekend to reunite connect with those currently hiking and those who had hiked the trail in past years. In essence, it is one giant “class” reunion that celebrates PCT Thru hikers and the trail itself. As a backpacking company, Osprey wouldn’t want to miss this party as we look forward to hearing the stories of those who depended on our gear and share our love for the outdoors and the trail.
For a full list of events, check out the complete schedule.
If you’re coming to PCT Days, here are just a few reasons to come visit us at the Osprey Packs booth:
- The Osprey Anti-Gravity Challenge: Visit the Osprey Booth at any time on Saturday, August 29th. Try on our new Atmos Anti-Gravity or Women’s Aura Anti-Gravity and you will be automatically entered to win one to call your own!
- PCT Days Celebration Sale with Next Adventure: 20% off any Osprey Pack in stock at Next Adventure, Portland through September 13th, don’t delay on this deal!
- Free Pack Sizing, Fittings and Expert Advice: All Day, every day! We will be offering professional pack fitting and advice from the Osprey experts, so if you are in the market for a new pack come consult with our knowledgeable fit gurus!
- Full Display of all that is new from Osprey for 2015: Get the full download of our latest and greatest for 2015! This includes newly designed luggage, hydration packs, and our new line of accessories. We will be showcasing our Atmos/Aura Anti-Gravity and have a team with all the answers to your questions on our product!
- Giveaways Galore: This includes commemorative PCT Days Stickers, Osprey Packs stickers, Lip Balms and more!
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Osprey Athlete Payge McMahon is an adventure athlete, ‘rockin’ yogi’ and journalist who travels the world inspiring others to get outdoors, try new things and start checking off that bucket list.
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…and which Osprey Pack you should take!
I’ve backpacked all over the world and the JMT is my all time favorite!
Located in Northern California, this breathtaking trek takes you 221-miles, up and over 11 mountain passes, ranging from 9,703 ft. (Cathedral) to 14,496 (Mt. Whitney), for a total of 84,000 feet of elevation gains and losses.
If you’ve ever wanted to trek the Pacific Crest Trail, but thought the 2,650 miles was just a bit much, do the John Muir Trail instead! A 170 of the 221 miles are on the PCT and you will trek through the most beautiful national parks in the United States. From Yosemite Valley, the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Parks and up and over Mt. Whitney to Lone Pine, CA. Enjoy remote the wilderness from; rivers, blue lakes, waterfalls, forests, mountains, deer, marmots to the occasional bear – you will see it all.
The best time to go is from June – August. The trek is traditionally done in 14-21 days, and if preferred, can also be section hiked. Most start in Yosemite and go south, but if you want to get the hard elevation out of the way first, start in Lone Pine/Mt. Whitney and go north. Get your permits early, pack clothes for hot to freezing weather and plan your food wisely.
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The 8th annual Pacific Crest Trail Days takes place in Cascade Locks, Oregon, which is surrounded by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and where the Pacific Crest Trail offers access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Pacific Northwest.
Osprey Packs will be returning to the annual PCT Days to celebrate one of our nations most prominent trails on the West-Coast! From September 5th through the 7th, people from all corners of the North West will come to visit with old and new friends, check out the latest outdoor products and gear, participate in classes and activities, listen to music & watch movies, and celebrate the past, present and future of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Event Website: http://oviewfinder.com/
Event FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pctdays
This weekend will include something for everyone such as the Gear Fair, Free Classes, Trail Work Parties, and a film/slideshow celebrating the PCT!
For a complete list of all PCT Days events please visit the website.
Don’t forget to drop by our Osprey booth as we will be offering some great freebies, pack repairs, solid high-fives, laughs and even a few of chances to win one of our packs!
Check out what we will have going on:
Fall 2014 Pack Display- We will be displaying our Backpack specific line so that you may see the fit and functional difference that sets Osprey apart from the rest! Stop by the booth to talk with one of our staff about which pack may be right for you. For our full product line visit our website.
The Osprey Packs Fit Gurus- Come experience the customized fit and functionality Osprey Packs is known for! Have questions or need to get sized for your next adventure- no problem! Swing by the booth as we will have our fit experts ready for any questions or suggestions you may have!
20% off with Next Adventure- If you have been thinking of getting an Osprey and had all your questions answered at our booth, the wait is over! Our retailer partner Next Adventure will be at the event, offering 20% off all Osprey product in celebration of PCT days! Osprey has strategically placed our tent across from Next Adventure so you can see the selection of Osprey packs they have at the event and make your purchase on the spot!
PCT Event Survey– Take our three-minute event survey and automatically be entered win a new Osprey pack — We will have daily winners throughout the PCT days!
Bola-Ball Fundraiser- We want to give back to the non-profit who is making this event possible, the Pacific Crest Trail Association! Stop by and try your luck at our Bola-Ball game in which you could win an Osprey hat, shirt, or even a pack! All proceeds benefit the trail and PCTA which makes it all possible!
Best Freebies this side of the Mississippi- This is no joke! Don’t forget to load up on Osprey Chapstick, Backcountry repair kits, stickers and coozies as we spread the #Ospreylove!
The year 1987 was the 50th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail, which passes right through Damascus. That year, members of the Town Council decided to celebrate the anniversary with an event for hikers. At that time, there was no town park in Damascus, so the small festival was held in the parking lot of the town hall and behind the bank. The festival was held again the following year, the year after that, and every year that’s followed, growing to the tens of thousands. In the early years of Trail Days, a street was sometimes roped off for a dance, but there were no vendors. There were only the hikers and the cyclists who followed, who inspired the town to rebuild its economy, which had been devastated by flooding and the loss of most of its industry. (more…)
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Each year, thousands of hikers make the 2,180 mile trek along the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain to Katahdin. Each of those hikers crosses the Nantahala River along the NOC Founder’s Bridge, in Bryson City, NC. Most of these hikers cross on their way north in early April, just before beginning the difficult ascent into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many more hikers enjoy the Appalachian Trail in segments, hiking one section at a time over the course of many years, or maybe just sticking to their favorite sections of trail. (more…)
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What does it take to do an extensive thru-hike? Planning, planning, planning.
Travel blog Gadling has a great ongoing video series by writer Adam Kaufman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last summer. They’ve already covered two of the basics: gear and food. Hop on over, watch and get inspired!
2,000 plus miles is serious business. According to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, of the roughly 300 people or so that start on the trail every year, about 60% of them finish. Interested in learning more? Check out the PCTA’s website.
Have you ever done a thru-hike? Are you planning one for this summer? Tell us about it!
You can check out Gadling’s full series of PCT videos here.
Image: Miguel Vieira
Osprey associate marketing manager Sam Mix attended Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus over the weekend. Here’s his take on the view from “Tent City”…
How best to describe the fun of Appalachian Trail Days without getting arrested?
If I had to sum it up quickly I would say a Bacchanalian celebration of the Appalachian Trail, the magnificent stretch of America it covers from Georgia to Maine and those who have, will and are planning to hike it. A true ‘merican celebration of sorts including a Hikers Parade and Talent Show, a wide array of vendors, presentations, food and drink; a rip-roaring, rockin’ good time for all, in short!
25,000 souls descend upon Damascus, Virginia for a cosmic convergence of sorts with Osprey Packs on hand in the mystical Kingdom of Tent City providing free pack and gear repairs, pack fittings and previewing all that is new in the realm of the Osprey for spring 09 – with a little of what is on tap for the fall as well.
Osprey Packs is here in support of that earth encrusted creature known as the long trail thru-hiker – especially those carrying Osprey Packs who may be in need of a quick repair or some good advice as they head down the trail. In a single season the Osprey Pack of an Appalachian thru-hiker will see several average lifetimes of usage – a true testament to Osprey’s 35 years of independent, innovative, bad-ass, burly design and the people who choose to push the capacity of human endurance – while having complete and total fun doing so. Osprey is also here in committed support of those who had the vision to establish The Appalachian Trail and the protection of the verdant and important ecological and historic landscape it encompasses.
So if you find yourself in Damascus and need your pack or gear repaired, need a pack fitting or expert advice on packs, please visit Osprey in Tent City near the outer edge of town, the fringe, if you will. Or stop in at Mt. Rogers Outfitters at 110 Laurel Avenue for an expert fitting and they will sell you that Osprey Pack for 20% off the regular retail price just to celebrate this unique, one of kind event known as Trail Daze!
Thanks for reading – I am headed out for a long walk in the woods.
The Appalachian Trail, completed in 1937:
* Is a unit of the National Park Service.
* Is the nation’s longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,178 miles.
* Is the first national scenic trail, designated in 1968.
* Crosses six national parks.
* Traverses eight national forests.
* Touches 14 states. Houses more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species.
* Crosses numerous state and local forests and parks.
* Is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships.
Fun facts about the Appalachian Trail:
* Lowest elevation: 124 feet – near the Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain, New York
* Highest elevation: 6,625 feet – on Clingmans Dome in Tennessee
* There are 165,000 blazes along the length of the Trail.
* More than 10,000 people have reported hiking the length of the Trail.
* It takes approximately 5 million footsteps to walk the entire length of the Trail.
* More than 6,000 volunteers contribute about 200,000 hours to the Appalachian Trail every year.
*Image and information courtesy of Appalachian Trail Conservancy