May 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm #1289514
I'm heading to Trail Days on May 18-20 in Damascus, VA again this year. For those of you not familiar with it, Trail Days is an annual thru-hiker festival that hosts current & past hikers, cottage industries, mainline backpacking companies, and the general public. The AT runs right through downtown Damascus, and it has been called "the friendliest town on the AT."
You'll see some familiar names in the vendor list below (e.g., MLD, SMD, Vargo, Jacks R Better, Antigravity Gear, Hyperlite Mtn Gear, & Hennessey Hammocks). Here is a trip report I wrote from 2011 (never got around to writing one last year…argh!). http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=44273&skip_to_post=401464
Here is the official website with more information. http://www.traildays.us/
Let me know if you are planning to show up and maybe we can meet during the festival to ridicule the traditional backpackers ;). We tried that last year, but my lack of planning and big wind/rainstorm thwarted the good intentions. Look for a similar setup like this in "Tent City" at the edge of town, and I'll treat you to a cold drink of something nice.
AWOL / THE A.T. GUIDE
APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVACY
APPY TRAILS LLC
AROUND NEW ENGLAND, LLC
BLACK DIAMOND EQUIPMENT
CEDAR TREE INDUSTRY
DRESS WELL OUTDOORS
ENDLESS MOON PRODUCTIONS
ENERTIA TRAIL FOODS
FOUR DOG STOVE CO
GREEN LABEL ORGANIC
HYPERLITE MTN GEAR
JACKS R BETTER LLC, and ANTI GRAVITY GEAR
LITTLE HORSE CREEK FARM, LLC
MOUNTAIN LAUREL DESIGNS
MOUNTAIN SPORTS LTD
OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER
PASTA WENCH, INC.
PRIMAL SPIRIT FOODS
SIX MOON DESIGNS
THE GEAR HOUSE
THE OUTFITTERS AT HARPERS FERRY
TREE TO TREE TRAIL GEAR
TREKS AND TRAILS, INTL.
YAMA MOUNTAIN GEARMay 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm #1875688
If you missed the PCT kickoff, come to Trail Days on the AT!May 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm #1875714
@davidmaxwellLocale: eastern, tn
I plan on hearing Gene Espy and Jennifer Pharr Davis. Then up to White Top. On the way back down the Creeper Trail we plan to camp and ride back into Damascus in the morning.May 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm #1876088
I'll be going this year, I'm pretty excited. My thruhike was in 2010, I was sobo so I didnt go that year, and last year I couldnt make it due to work, so this will be my first time.
I plan on taking my dog. I'm sure the campground is dog friendly, but what about the buildings where they are having the presentations and movie showings: are they dog friendly?May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm #1876105
I have taken my dog into some of the talks, but can't say that it's OK for all of the locations. Unless your dog is doing illicit drugs (blatently), he/she should OK there. I don't take my dog any more since I find it too much of a hassle for a weekend, but he can stay at home with my wife.
TomMay 10, 2012 at 4:37 am #1876159
The wife and I are planning on being there. It will be our first time.May 10, 2012 at 4:41 am #1876160
I plan on going for most of Saturday to meet vendors and others.May 10, 2012 at 5:27 am #1876165
That is a bunch of vendors I have never heard of. Should be fun. Looking forward to the trip reports already.May 13, 2012 at 9:51 am #1877205
Are folks interested in meeting up at MLD's booth on Saturday? 9 am, noon, 5 pm?
TomMay 15, 2012 at 11:05 am #1877938
I'd vote for noon or 5. We have about a 5 hour drive and probably won't get there before 11.May 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm #1878052
Let's meet at MLD at noon, so we can get to know each other. Please look for my blue Sierra Designs tent with a 8×10 grey tarp somewhere in the woods and stop by for a drink if my brother-in-law Ron or I am there.
TomMay 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm #1878064
I'll be there and set up all day Fri and Sat.
May break down 5-6pm ish on Sat depending on traffic and weather.
See You All There!
Mention the secret password "Night Hike" in some casual and covert secret agent sort of way and I'll have an MLD sticker or something free for you. ( Don't Share the Password)May 16, 2012 at 11:28 am #1878252
Noon it is, MLD tent. See you guys there.May 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm #1879358May 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm #1879608
Got back from Trail Days a little while ago, but no time to post photos (8 hr drive). I'll try to do that this week, but have some Daddy-Duty I need to fulfill. It was great to see some of the UL folks again (Ron Bell, Brian Vargo, Tom Hennessey, & Mike St. Pierre). Sorry about the ones that didn't make it this year (Trail Designs, Six Moons Designs, Gossamer Gear, BPL, GoLite).
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