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“I don’t know what I went looking for, but i found it.” - Richard “Captain” Merlau
The decision to thru-hike a long trail can come in many forms. Some plan for years before setting foot on trail-tread, and some take advantage of last minute circumstances and start walking across the country just weeks after making the decision. Richard “Captain” Merlau fell into the latter category in what he claims was the best decision of his life.
“At the last moment a project fell apart at work, and I looked around and thought I would [hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)] this year,” Captain explained. “I quickly packed up and left my apartment and job and everything. So it was a major change. I was so happy, and the first day on the trail I knew it was the right decision.”
Growing up on the east coast in New York state, Captain had always considered himself “outdoorsy,” but it wasn’t until the past few years that his car camping trips turned into backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail. No matter that his experience consisted of 3-4 day section hikes, he wanted to get a long trail under his belt and see the West at the same time. The Pacific Crest Trail fit the bill.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 08:47
Following the success of Six Moon Designs’ 2014 Lemons to Lemonade sale which raised over $10,000 to support the activities of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), and Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC); their current sale aims to triple the donated proceeds.
The Oops! Everybody Wins Sale knocks over 50% off of the first generation of Fusion packs. A collaborative effort of Ron Moak and Brian Frankle, both the Fusion and Flight packs were released last year and designed to simplify the goals of ultralight by combining structure with lightweight principals, ultimately creating a pack that would provide a more enjoyable experience on the trail. The 2015 packs have been enhanced with the help of customer feedback and extensive on-trail use, but now the 2014 models must go to make room for the next generation of packs.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 10:24
The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is rugged. It is remote and can throw down the weather gauntlet without warning. Hiking the length of the Divide through North America in one continuous trip can be a difficult challenge, and 2015 was no exception. Due to heavy snows that fell in the high altitudes of the south San Juans in Colorado AFTER most northbound thru-hikers left the Mexican border, the fresh, wet snow presented many hikers with a tough decision: to posthole or snowshoe in exposed avalanche-prone terrain, walk around, or flip up to Canada. Six Moon Designs Media Manager Renee “She-ra” Patrick choose another route. Strapping on touring skis with hand-made shoe bindings, she entered the San Juans on skis; an act which became the perfect metaphor for the flexibility, creativity, and determination needed to complete the CDT this year.