Mar 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm #1270441
Hey everyone, I wanted to get the 2011 Trail Days on everyone's calendars. It's on May 13-15 in Damascus, VA. It's a thru-hiker festival in southwest VA the weekend after Mothers Day. The bulk of thru-hikers are in the area at that time, and previous thru-hikers drive in from all over the US. Damascus has the rep of being the "frieldiest town on the AT" and it's always been a fun weekend.
Here is link to the official site. They don't have a final schedule, but they will fill it as time gets closer, so keep checking.
Although you might think that UL backpacking has the strongest support in CA, I have found that most of the major UL cottage manufacturers are in attendence at Trail Days (e.g., Go-Lite, MLD, Hennessey Hammock, Trail Designs, AntiGravity Gear, Jacks R Better, BPL, Gossamer Gear, Etowah Outfitters, Packa, Enertial Trail Foods, Speer Hammocks, Nemo, Lightheart Gear, Terra Nova, Vargo, Six Moons, etc, etc…in no particular order since there are so many).
Here is a link to my trip report from last year, to give you a flavor of the event.
I am planning to go down this year (but no firm plans), and thought it might be fun to have a BPL meet-and-greet at the booths or tent city. Let me know if people are interested!!
TomMay 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm #1732263
Just a reminder that Trail Days is in less than 2 weeks. An updated schedule of speakers is on their website. Here are the vendors that were listed. Unfortunately, I don't see BPL or Gossamer Gear…what's up guys?
AWOL / THE A.T. GUIDE
APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVACY
APPY TRAILS LLC
BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT
CEDAR TREE INDUSTRY
DRESS WELL OUTDOORS
FOUR DOG STOVE CO
GREEN LABEL ORGANIC
GREGORY MTN PRODUCTS
HYPERLITE MTN GEAR
JACKS R BETTER LLC, and ANTI GRAVITY GEAR
2JOLLY ROGERS, LLC
MOUNTAIN LAUREL DESIGNS
MOUNTAIN SPORTS LTD
OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER
PASTA WENCH, INC.
SIX MOON DESIGNS
THE GEAR HOUSE
THE OUTFITTERS AT HARPERS FERRY
TREE TO TREE TRAIL GEAR
Manufacturers represented at the campground include:.
LEKI Trekking Poles
Helinox Trekking Poles
Therm-A-RestMay 3, 2011 at 5:52 am #1732361
@jmathesLocale: Southeast US
Tom- I'll be there on SaturdayMay 6, 2011 at 7:23 am #1733709
@dsmontgomeryLocale: one snowball away from big trouble
I'll be going down on either Thursday or Friday, so if anyone from the Pittsburgh area wants a ride, I'm glad to offer it. Too bad you're on the other side of our wide state, Tom.
But we should definitely plan a BPL meet-up. Since you've been there before, Tom, do you have a good idea for when and where?May 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm #1733979
I think a BPL get-together at Trail Days in Damascus would be great. I'm getting into town on Thursday afternoon and will be staying in tent city (look for the blue Sierra Designs Flashlight tent with a 8×10 tarp in front).
Who else is interested?
TomMay 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm #1734064
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
I'll most likely be there Saturday. Its just an hour over the hill from my front door and I hope to see some old friends. Seeing some of the vendors gear might be a bit of a bonus.May 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm #1734410
I'm talking with Ron Bell to set a time & place where we can catch up with other BPL folks, but are thinking Friday evening ~6 pm. I'll let folks know the place once that gets settled. Nothing big planned, but I told Ron I'd spring for a "the best box of wine that money can buy" to get things going. Just need to check on a few details.
TomMay 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm #1735579
Let's meet at the MLD booth at 6 pm on Friday night. If there is interest, we can hang out at my tent/tarp for some red wine and Five Alarm Chili Peanuts (I work for Planters/Kraft, and got some freebies).
TomMay 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm #1735943
Looks like I will be making it. See you all at six at the MLD booth.
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