Finally our shipment of tents has cleared the ports and is on it's way to Portland. We've enabled our tents so you can start ordering them. They will ship as soon as we have stock.
Thanks for your patience!
This week we catch up with backpacker Mike LaBree for our 10 Questions post. Mike likes the exploration aspect of backpacking and the community of course!
1) How did you get started backpacking?
My friend showed me his new pack and told me I should get one and go with him backpacking.
2) What is your favorite piece of gear?
My Lunar Solo. It's an awesome tent and so light compared to my first tent that weighed almost 6 pounds.
3) What is your favorite hike?
So far it was Cottonwood lakes where we camped then went on to hike Mt. Langley. My first Fourteener.
4) What has been your most harrowing experience in the backcountry?
My friend and I went on a hike in the San Gabriel mountains to find a long abandoned mine. It was a hotter day and longer day than we expected and I suffered a bit of heat stroke. Taught me a lot about conditioning and planning.
Backpacker Magazine’s Gear Guide has been called everything from “my adult version of the Sear’s Christmas catalog” to the “hiker’s equivalent of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.” Due to the wide range of gear their 164 testers take out each year and put to the test, the Gear Guide is one of the magazine’s most popular issues. See their Fusion 65 Review.
Six Moon Designs was thrilled to take part in the Guide this year and have the Fusion 65 pack put through the paces during the magazine’s rigorous testing.
“Wind tunnels are great, but nothing can replace real-world testing,” Editor Dennis Lewon explained, “It’s the only way to understand how a tent pitches...And how can you determine if a pack’s suspension does what it claims unless you load it up and go for a good, long hike?”
Six Moon Designs’ Fusion series was launched last year, a culmination of the talents of two distinct pack designers with over 20 years of pack design: Ron Moak, Six Moon Designs owner and founder, and Brian Frankle, founder of Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA).
“When setting out on the journey to develop a new pack, we had to agree on what constitutes the key elements of a pack and their purpose,” explained Ron. “Second we had to agree on a set of criteria through which all design decisions would be filtered. We quickly agreed that a pack has two primary components (structure and utility). As to the criteria, they were (in order) comfort, function, durability, weight. With our criteria established, we had a firm foundation upon which to rank design decisions.”
You have completed your ultralight set-up, now it’s time to hit the trail, but unless you have had your sights set on a particular long distance trail, where to go?
We head to the eastern United States for this installment of Discover Long Trails: the Palmetto Trail, traversing South Carolina, and the Allegheny Trail, in West Virginia, make up over 700 miles of adventure, and while both are navigable, some important work needs to be done on each...and that’s where you come in! What better way to support a new long trail than to hike it and let the scenic vistas and challenging climbs soak into your veins.
Palmetto Trail, 425 miles, South Carolina
An idea only 21 years old, the Palmetto Trail, was conceived as South Carolina’s largest trail project: a path running from the mountains to the sea...over ridge tops and forests, through towns and historical sites like Revolutionary War battlefields.
The trail is the work of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, an organization intent on conserving South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, preserving historic landmarks, and promoting outdoor recreation. The route is also a Millennium Legacy Trail. Just what does that mean? An initiative of the White House Millennium Council, the designation aimed to celebrate 2,000 trails in year 2000, as well as promote new and existing trails and support the development of new trails through federal and state funding.
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition's efforts to engage their trail communities and foster interest in their efforts to build, protect, and maintain the Continental Divide Trail has led to the first annual CDT Traildays and Kick Off on April 10-12 in Silver City, New Mexico.
Oh yes, it is a festival for the hiker too: past, current, and future. As one of the first major towns a northbound CDT hiker will encounter, Silver City is a welcome break from the waterless desert stretches...with world class restaurants, downtown art galleries, and all the amenities a tired thru-hiker could want, the Kick Off will highlight some of these resources and celebrate Silver City’s unique culture.
As the CDTC’s first Gateway Community, a program designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the trail, Silver City is leading the way with this year’s Kick Off. The weekend starts off with a happy hour on Friday, April 10 at Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery, and continues Saturday with a gear and trail expo, CDT seminars, trainings, and informative sessions - concluding on Sunday with a trail work day. That’s right, you can help build the CDT!
This time of year potential thru-hikers are pouring over gear lists, debating pack weights, and polling all the previous thru-hikers they know for tips and tricks to make their long distance trip a success. ALDHA-West (American Long Distance Hiking Association - West) knows this, and for the second year is hosting a Ruck on February 28 in Cascade Locks, Oregon, to not only help future hikers prepare, but to poll the knowledge of their membership (these folks have many many thousands of miles under their belts).
“As ALDHA-West moves into our 20th year of promoting fellowship and communication among long distance hikers and those that support them, we are happy to engage our members who combined have hundreds of thousands of trail miles among them, with those new to the sport,” commented ALDHA-West President Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa. “Whether you want to hike 40 miles or 3,000 miles in 2015, if you plan to be on trail this summer than one of these events are the place to be. We'll be having a great day of education, fun, and camaraderie.”
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