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British Adventure Racing team using Flight 40 FKT packs for Patagonian Expedition Race
Dubbed the “World’s Last Great Adventure,” the Patagonian Expedition Race (PER) is an extremely demanding adventure race that takes place in the wilds of Patagonia. For the eleventh year, 20 teams will descend on the southern hemisphere for 14 days of challenging adventure. Six Moon Designs has come on board to support United Kingdom team, The Green Sentinels, with a set of Flight 40 FKT packs to use during their two-week multi-sport adventure, in green of course!
The Green Sentinels may be newcomers to the Patagonian Race, but they are no strangers to overcoming adversity and meeting challenges face on. Comprised primarily of serving or ex-serving British Army soldiers, the six members of the team came together to use their skills in the adventure racing format to highlight the difficulties of injured service personnel. Through outdoor activities and adventure training, the team aims to help aid in the recovery of those injured or suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of active duty.
“We all served separately in the British Army in Afghanistan, we were the lucky ones, the ones who got to return to their families and loved ones. But we all share a common goal, to do this type of race as a memory to those that didn't get to come home, to inspire and raise money for the ones that did return, but still suffer,” explained the Sentinel’s founder Steven Price Brown.
The team is comprised of four members: Ben Spurway, Natalie Gardner, James Gardner, and Ben Hill. Together they will travel to Patagonia for the February 13 start, and need to be prepared for anything. Race details are revealed 24 hours before the start, and the team will move through mountains, fjords, and glaciers via backcountry navigation and trekking, climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking.
Following the success of Six Moon Designs’ 2014 Lemons to Lemonade sale which raised over $10,000 from the proceeds of cosmetically flawed Lunar Duo-Outfitter tents to support the activities of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), and Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC); the 2015 Oops Sale was even more successful with a total of $16,770 raised for the three long trail organizations.
“Over the years we've struggled with the notion of how to apply our resources where they'd be most effective,” explained Six Moon Designs owner and founder Ron Moak. “As with all businesses, we get the constant email or letters from people looking to be sponsored for their hikes. Some simply want others to pay for their vacations while others do have a compelling need...So [instead] we decided to put our money toward the national trail organizations.”
“These are the people that ensure the trail is maintained, lobby Congress to ensure the lands along the trail remain remote, and acquire private lands as needed so as to keep the trails open.”
The Oops! Everybody Wins Sale knocked over 50% off of the first generation of Fusion and Flight packs. Both the Fusion and Flight packs were released in 2014 and designed to simplify the goals of ultralight by combining structure with lightweight principals. Six Moon Designs customers purchasing the deeply discounted packs ultimately raised an astounding $16,770 in the following breakdown: $5,820 for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, $6,210 for the Pacific Crest Trail Association and $4,740 for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.
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?
Oregon Desert Trail, 750 miles, Oregon
The Oregon that pops into mind for many is the lush, rain-soaked green of the western valleys. The Cascades tower over this landscape and thousands flock to the verdant rainforests each year for hiking and backpacking adventures. But just over the mountains in the rain shadow of those peaks is a vast high desert. In fact, almost half of Oregon lies in this dry and sunny side of the state.
There lies the new 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail. The western terminus is just outside of Bend where hikers walk among traces of an 80,000 year old lava flow in the Badlands Wilderness, and winds around south east Oregon connecting remote mountain ranges, seas of sagebrush, hotsprings, and wild river basins to the eastern terminus in the dramatic Owyhee Canyonlands.
Glenn Camagay was the winner of our recent photo contest with his shot of his Skyscape X tent in Mesa Lake (Humphreys Basin) in the High Sierra of California, so we decided to find out a little bit more about how he likes to spend his time outside.
1) How did you get started backpacking?
I started backpacking in the Philippines during my college years. I had friends who were into backpacking and thankfully they invited me to join them into one of their trips – that's how I got started. However my LOVE for backpacking started 7 years ago. The first hike I did here in the U.S. was the Half Dome hike. I instantly fell in love with the scenery, landscape and vistas of the area and after that hike I made a commitment to myself that every summer my goal was to hike Half Dome. After hiking it every summer for 5 consecutive years I got bored and tired of that trail so I made a decision that I was going to get back into backpacking to explore the surrounding area and broaden the area of my adventures.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 06:52