Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Trail Days Recap

Suzanne and I had a great time at Trail Days in Damascus, VA meeting all the visiting AT hikers (past, present, and future). We found that the pungent smell of thru-hikers seemed to go away the more days we went without a shower. We were able to give folks at the festival a sneak peek at a new NEMO trekking pole tent that is debuting in 2010 (right side of pic below). Stay tuned on the blog this week for some pictures!

We finally met up with Lion King who’s been testing out one of our new lightweight backpacking tents for 2010. Mike D. (aka Lion King) is a remarkable thru-hiker, having completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and America Discovery Trail. For those of you unfamiliar with the ADT, all you need to do is check out the map below.

We were lucky to catch the premier of his new documentary about the ADT hike at Trail Days too.

The buzz from this year’s influx of AT hikers was about Lion King’s kite experiment on Max Patch. Check out the NEMO tent he’s been testing for us.


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