On Friday, April 3rd, we finally received our shipment of gear. It's on it's way out to all who pre-ordered.
Thanks for your patience!
As with many companies, Six Moon Designs (SMD) was founded around a passion: long distance backpacking. And what is the best way to keep this passion alive? By going backpacking of course! This year two of the SMD team will be hitting the trail to complete the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), and in doing so, the Triple Crown.
Six Moon Designs Owner Ron “Fallingwater” Moak will be finishing a 700 mile section of the CDT, concluding his section hike of the entire trail, and Media Manager Renee “She-ra” Patrick will be setting out to thru-hike the full trail, northbound. Both will carry SMD packs and shelters, and will most definitely put them to the test in the remote and often harsh weather along the divide.
Renee has been devising ways to backpack as much as possible in the 13 years since first setting foot on the Appalachian Trail back in 2002. Driven by the physical challenge of walking thousands of miles in a few months, and inspired by the simplicity of a life sleeping under the stars, thru-hiking has become her preferred method of exploration.
Love the weight savings of a tarp but want more protection from the bugs than a head net can offer? Beautiful summer nights can be the worst when instead of sleeping out under the stars you swat mosquitoes the whole night or curl up in your sleeping bag sweating out the alternative.
A NetTent from Six Moon Designs (SMD) can not only turn your SMD tarp into a double walled shelter, but it can be pitched by itself for those warm nights when the things that crawl in the night are on the move. That’s right, imagine enjoying the brilliant starry nights in the height of bug season from the comfort of your NetTent.
Designed to work with multiple Six Moon Designs tarps, no matter which shelter of ours you choose, you have an option of adding an ultralight NetTent for a day, a week, or even the duration of your whole hike.
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.
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