Campfire Chronicles: Becoming A Dirtbag

CampfireChronicles-LogoBA_6Becoming A Dirtbag

By Kole Krieger

Thru-hiker for Comfort Theory New Zealand

It may sound odd but in our trail community dried snot, mud, and grime are badges of honor. Scars, scabs, and injuries are boasted about around the campfire. A proud smile came across my face when someone first used the term dirtbag to describe me. It was a lifestyle that I adopted quickly. It felt natural. It made it easier to get on with my “busy” day of walking, climbing and snapping photos. The way I saw it was this, “Why clean up? I’m just gonna get dirty in 5 minutes anyway.” It’s been 5 months since I’ve used a stick of deodorant or shampooed my hair. I’ve worn two shirts this entire time except for the oversized Hawaiian shirt I donned for the canoe trip. I carried four pairs of socks, two pairs of shorts and one pair of leggings. The beauty of merino wool is that it doesn’t smell – if you don’t believe it then I’ll make you smell my gear – 5 months later and it doesn’t stink, unfortunately I sure do.BA_1I’ve walked over 3,000 km (1,800 miles) across this glorious country. This morning I began my slow journey home. I left my crew, my family of 5 months, in the darkness of the morning just two days after finishing the Te Araroa. I boarded a puddle jumper and not long after was cruising at 25,000 ft watching the sun crawl over the horizon. Clouds covered the land and sea but the Southern alps reached their heads out to grab at the first rays of the day. I watched as land passed below. Land that took me 161 days to walk, and now took less than 3 hours to cover. How many saddles and mountains did we climb? How many rivers did we ford? How many times did we get lost?! Too many… But maybe not enough.BA_5BA_2The only proof of my journey that remains is the stench emanating from my body, and the scars and scabs still not healed on my legs. My past endeavors that have lasted this long usually ended with the loss of a playoff game or an end-of-season awards ceremony. This time things were a bit different. We accomplished a great feat. We’ve done something not many others can say they have done or ever will do. The celebration was small and didn’t last as long as planned, but it was right. It was as if we all wanted to celebrate the end but didn’t want it to be over. To be honest, I wouldn’t finish any other way – surrounded by my trail mates at sunset, smoking a cigar I carried with me the entire time, and popping a fresh bottle of champagne. I know that this was best.BA_3I can’t help but think about what’s next, even though I’m battling the thought. I want to hold on to the memories of this trail just a bit longer. It seems that we as humans have always struggled in ending things. Even with huge celebrations or heart-warming farewells there’s rarely a way to fill the void of the journey. I sit here in the airport now realizing that I do in fact stink and that normal people smell really damn good! I feel bad for the people around me and kick myself for not taking a shower after finishing the walk. In all honesty though, I feel that if I take a shower then the trail is finally over. I’ve become unbelievably comfortable in my own skin. I’ve had no need to wash or scrape the mud from my legs until now. I’ve been free to blow my nose in my shirt or clean my fingers on my shorts. I’m not ready to trim my beard, cut my hair or do anything that might wash the trail off myself. I’m not ready to end the era of the dirt bag, not ready to head back into “real life.” But then I have to ask myself, “Was I ready for those 1,000 meter climbs when cold dew dripped from my tent? Was I ever ready to walk 3,000 kilometers?”

Real life won’t be so bad… You can never wash the dirtbag off this soul.BA_4Comfort Theory‘s New Zealand project will culminate in a web series on OutsideTelevision.com. For more info on the premier head over to comforttheory.com or follow @thecomforttheory

Your Very Own Chef in the Backcountry

CameraWe snagged professional Chef Rob Citto to share some of his tastiest car-camping recipes. With years of experience behind his apron, we knew he had some great flavors up his sleeve. With deep roots in the Guest Ranch industry (in Big Agnes territory), Rob knows how to get five star fancy, and backcountry creative.  With all the creature comforts of Big Agnes gear, Chef Rob shares some tricks. Gourmet isn’t impossible in the great outdoors.good

My uncle Bob told me once that camping to him was sleeping on the floor of a hotel room.  Still makes me laugh when I think about that I don’t share the same thoughts but I do agree that when it comes to car/Rv camping or backcountry camping it doesn’t have to feel like roughing it when it comes to the food aspect of camping.  Having the right tent, camp seat and “gadgets” can make camping fun no matter how far or close you are to civilization.  Weight is an issue when camping in the back country but I always pack heavy the for the first night of camping because I know it will be the best meal of the trip after that I try to go as light as I can but without sacrificing the food. I can only eat so many freeze dried meals.  Car/Rv camping you don’t need to go light you can pack your whole kitchen in the back of your truck if you wanted. Fill an ice chest with days of food and eat like a Kings and Queens, even the wine can be pared with your meal but I will save that for another blog.  When planning a trip I always get a list together to make sure I bring the right equipment and get the food I need. Once on the trail that’s it!

  I used to camp with fellow chefs and we always tried to outdo each other.  I know once I made Beer can chicken and kept glazing it with the beer I was drinking. I guess it’s a “thing” now but back in 1996 we thought we have created something new.  Another time I made a tandoori oven to prove a point to a fellow camping buddy of mine and after digging a hole and lining it with river rocks getting the coals just right I got to eat my chicken….a long time after everyone else but it worked and the chicken was delicious.  What I’m saying is a little creativity can be fun and go a long way, also camping technology has come so far and gotten so much lighter if you plan it properly you can eat amazing meals in the middle of nowhere and feel like packing in the grocery store on your back.I’ve been spending the past month in Texas and had Texas BBQ on the mind so I came up with these two recipes. Please feel free to give me feedback or if you want me to try something out I will try it. Next week I am planning a back country trip and will try a new recipe, River Rock Blistered Flatbread pizza. Enjoy!

-Chef Rob

IMG_0866 (1)Car Camping Cast Iron Skillet Ribeye

1 Each 10 ounce Ribeye

Kosher Salt and Pepper

1 Cup Bean Sprouts

1 Cup Cremini mushrooms sliced

1 ½ Tablespoons of Soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon chopped ginger

1/8 teaspoon chopped garlic

¼ cup Scallions sliced thin

Method:

  1. Season the ribeye with salt and pepper (be careful soy adds sodium so go light and add more if needed.
  2. Bring cast iron up to temperature add oil when it smokes add ribeye
  3. Depending on how you like it will depend on how long on each side. 4 mins on each side will bring you to medium rare.
  4. Once meat is cooked set aside to rest drain off excess grease
  5. Then add mushrooms, sprouts to cast iron pan that meat was cooked in and stir for about 2 minutes, Add ginger, garlic, scallion’s and cook for another 20 seconds add soy sauce and take off the heat. Pour over the top of steak and serve.

 

Car Camping Texas BBQ Spring Roll

1 pound shredded BBQ Pork Butt

1 T Vegetable oil

8-10Ounce Package rice vermicelli noodles (cooked to package instructions)

1 small head of cut into strips

1 Medium Cucumber cut into small stripes

1 Tablespoon of Basil chopped fine

12 (8-inch) rice paper wrappers (Dipped in Hot water for a few seconds to soften the paper)

Method:

  1. Cook vermicelli and reserve.
  2. For the BBQ pork Take the pork butt and shred with a knife and sauté in a cast iron skillet or whatever regular sauté pan you have handy. Add the BBQ of your choice or use BBq recipe below and cook until tender about 15-20 minutes, make sure that it is not too soupy when building the rolls as to not over power the subtle flavors.
  3. To make the rice paper. Heat up a pot of water and dip the paper in that water for 3 seconds and flip for another 3 seconds. Set aside on a plate or cutting board.
  4. Gather all your ingredients on a plate: Noodles, pork, lettuce, basil and cooked rice paper
  5. Lay your lettuce on the first spring roll wrapper then add herbs, cucumber, noodle then the pork. Start Fold then tuck in the left and right side, continue to roll until the roll is formed. (Be careful to roll too tight because it could rip or tare.
  6. Serve with Dipping sauce.

 

Campfire Chronicles: Time is a friend and foe

CampfireChronicles-LogoClarkFam7.5.16.4The Clark Family is at it again. Join our Ambassador Family as they hike the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies. Dan explains just what it’s going to take to lead his family on another epic adventure.

Time is a friend and foe. 

 We wait through the long dark nights of winter dreaming of the days of summer – a blissful time filled with infinite opportunities. Now that the summer is here, we have to figure out what to do with all of the potential (and quickly before the sun starts to slip away). 

 Similarly, as a parent entrenched in diapers and strollers, it is hard to imagine the distant horizon when our babies will strike off wobbly and independent. But the time comes soon enough and we have to figure out what to do with all of the youthful energy. Beyond putting things out of reach on the counters, our family solution has been to set out on adventures every summer. It is a wonderful puzzle figuring out how to cram in maximum outdoor hours before our hibernating tendencies kick in. Northern paddling adventures have been our go-to staple because we can easily pack the family and lots of goodies into a canoe and disappear for an entire summer. Unfortunately, we discovered a problem last summer. That wobbly independence caught up to us and the kids couldn’t cram their legs in with all the food. We needed a new type of adventure to fit the kids.

 This summer we will be setting out on a different kind of wilderness trip, a hike on the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies. The kids will be walking every step of the way, not relaxing in the canoe eating snacks as they are accustomed. This could be the hardest trip we have ever tried.ClarkFam7.5.16.2

 Over the years we have learned a few things to make a trip with our kids fun and engaging:

    • Give yourself lots of time: We are taking five weeks to hike a scant 120 miles (although the route includes 45,000 ft of elevation gain). The extra time will allow us short days on the trail and the option to rest and explore near camp when the weather doesn’t cooperate. 
    • Light packs for kids: Koby (9) and Ava Fei (7) will only be carrying water, snacks, a rain jacket, and a few Shopkins. 
    • Good gear makes for a great trip: We outfit the kids in good gear much like mom and dad – they are excited to have their own hydration pack, umbrella, and walking pole.
    • Treats for all: We splurge a bit on food when we are on trips. Dried mango, beef jerky, or special candies are not on the menu at home, but they generate a lot of excitement on the trail when the going gets tough.  
    • Pick an interesting route: We are heading above tree line where there is lots to see. This makes the walking far more interesting and varied, which is important for kids who may lose interest when it gets monotonous.

 Personally, I am hoping that time is more friend than foe as we return to the trails I spent hundreds of days guiding in my 20s. It has been a few years since I’ve shouldered a huge pack and I’m sure the climbs haven’t gotten easier…

 Stay tuned for updates along the way through the summer!

The Clark Family is also up for an award through Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Please vote before July 20th for our favorite adventure family! VOTE HEREClarkFam7.5.16

 

Big Agnes & High Fives Foundation Making Waves

highfiveWe are a proud sponsor of the High Fives Foundation, they recently sent this video as a thank you.  We love what they do, here’s what they had to say:

“The High Fives Foundation would like to say THANK YOU to Big Agnes for supporting High Five the Wave 6!

The High Fives Foundation returned to the warm waters of Maui of the Hawaiian Islands for High Five The Wave 6, this time bringing thirteen athletes, all living their lives after spinal cord injuries. This was the sixth surf camp for #HighFivesAthletes since the very first one in 2010. This would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank You!”

To learn more about the High Fives Foundation and all the good they do, please follow the link here.

Insulated Air Core Ultra-
fromThe Outdoor Gear Review

The Outdoor Gear Review (T.O.G.R) gave Our Insulated Air Core Ultra a thorough review. We’re super pleased to announce he liked it just as much as we do. Watch the video above for the nitty gritty on our new pads.Reiter

 

 

Take Your Dog to Work Day-
Everyday with Big Agnes

We’re pretty lucky here at Big Agnes, along with our sister companies- Honey Stinger, and BAP!, we get to take our dogs to the office with us.

In honor of Take Your Dog to Work Day, we decided to ask our canine companions a little bit about themselves. They’re all normally pretty shy, so we were lucky they squeezed us in for a little interview. With a little help from their owners, these pups gave us some pretty great bios.

Special Unit Name: Honey Jacks Rodent Tactics Squadron. Brigadier General: Frodo Baggins, 12 years service time, Trained in the Shire Middle Earth under command of Gandalf the Grey, Fellowship of the Ring. 

Rear Admiral: Luna Lovegood, 5 years service time, Trained at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Dumbledore’s Army. Job Descriptions: Special Operations Command, Rodent Warfare, Snack Acquisition Force, Perimeter Patrol, Excavation Detail, Human Relations Specialists. Qualifications & Awards: Big Dog Compact Version, High Loyalty Decorations, Extreme Lick Awards, Low Waste Management Certified, Rodent Marksmanship Decorated.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Grommet – Age 5, Catahoula/Pointer (maybe), rescue.  Hobbies: Tireless fetch, mountain bike ninja – especially with his night lights on, and being happy just being a Steamboat dog Position at Honey Stinger – lying next to dad’s desk

Dave (David when he’s serious or in trouble) – Age 9, Red Heeler/German Shepherd, rescue Hobbies, Tireless fetch, Indy car racing, managing his vast portfolio (he secretly has opposable thumbs), barking at ghosts/non-existent things walking by, being aloof Position at Honey Stinger – CDO (Chief Dog Officer), K9 PatriarchIMG_1153

Name: Tucker. AKA: Black dog, Prince Tuckington, Colonel McTuck. Breed: Black Dog. Age: 8ish. Hobbies: swimming, skiing, whitewater rafting, rolling in snow, grass, or sand,  porch sitting,  sniffing the breeze and looking majestic. Job title: product development dog, Tucker really likes to personally inspect each product as it comes into the office and gets set up or tested out. All tents get sniff tested, and there is always the test to see how easy it is to get in and out of the vestibule without using the zipper.  All sleeping bags are tested for adequate snuggle factor.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Fiver. The name comes from a novel- it’s literary. I’m a six year old Welsh Corgi. I have many hobbies including; napping at work, sleeping bag softness checking, referee to  all fun-having, fetch, fluffy butt swimming, hammock swinging, beer tasting, and chicken protecting. I consider all of the previously mentioned to be very serious business, however, it isn’t enough in this world to just be cute. My official job at Big Agnes is to be their celebrity, model, and actress. You may recognize me from such films as: Big Agnes Q-Core SLX, Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO, Wyoming Trail, and the ever popular Helinox Swivel Chair (just to name a few). While I haven’t received my Oscar quite yet, I do feel it’s an honor just to be nominated. 12548839_10156653446805112_3869076809921859516_n

Oak (aka Trees). One eyed lab mutt mix. Official Honey Stinger Product Tester. Loves eating bumble bees (no joke), swimming, camping and rolling in the dirt.  #dirtbagOak

 “Charlie a.k.a. Buck Chuck” Job: Cardboard Quality Control / Junior Gear Tester. Breed: Mostly Labrador, but a little Shih Tzu and Papillon too. Age: 1 ½ years old. When Charlie isn’t chewing up cardboard at the Warehouse, he spends his free time hiking, swimming, and catching frisbees. Charlie is currently in a complicated relationship with a Brown Trout.Charlie

Introducing Dude …  my buddy, my pal and my friend.  When at work. Greg’s 3 ½ year old golden doodle enjoys sleeping on his back with his paws up in the air and watching Gamber’s dog Lola steal his food.   Dude’s hobbies also include playing with other dogs, eating snow in the winter, grass in the summer and not retrieving tennis balls thrown by Greg.  Job title is (Greg’s) Mental Health Care Provider. Dude_and_Greg

Luxman- goes by Lux. Meaning: Loyal & Sincere in Hindi. Breed: Black & Tan Coonhound. Age: 6 mo. Hobbies: Singing, running, playing with friends, napping, sunbathing, exploring, & light housework (mostly dishes & sweeping). Description: Smart, loyal, very headstrong and likes to have his own way.  If Lux has something to say, he has no problem speaking up and letting you know what he wants.  He does not like being told what to do, especially if he doesn’t know you; he prefers to be asked nicely.  Lux also has a great sense of humor and can be gentle, playful and laid back.LUx

So my name is Rocko, I’m a Mountain Cur and I’m almost 4 years old, my main job is basically to be my best friend/humans (Spencer’s) wingman. He uses my assistance all the time for hiking, snowboarding, backpacking, climbing and my favorite, mountain biking. I found him in dire need for a best friend when I was just 6 weeks old. As far as fun goes, I love to join him at the Big Agnes warehouse every day to protect all of the employees and product from anyone or thing who might pose a threat. One picture doesn’t do me justice so I put a couple of me after a hard early morning job hiking to the top of the Gonde before Warehouse duty.  Thanks for the job!Rocko

Peanut (Aka Petunia). Age: 5. Breed: Goldendoodle. Hobbies: Tennis balls, playing in the water, window hunting, and pretending to be a guard dog. Job: Office Clepto (if you’re missing your bone, it’s probably near my bed.Peanut

Although I started my career at Honey Stinger at just a young pup, I’ve fueled up on all the Organic Stinger Waffles I can find to grow into a great officemate for my person, Jenn. My job is to ensure her conference calls do not run long. I’m not sure what she’d do without me reminding her to get away from the desk and play outside! She just talks, talks talks if I don’t interrupt her! I’m already 10 months and now that the snow is melting, I get to help Jenn gain commuter points when we run to work together. I wish she was better at keeping up with me. Keep away would be so much more fun. I haven’t been promoted to big pup yet to go on company camp outs but I hope to race Griffin to the top of Mt Agnes someday.Scout Snow

Tupelo- Age: 8. Breed: Golden Retriever. Job title: Biscuit Enthusiast/Nap Connoisseur. Hobbies: Snow, Skinning the Mountain, Biscuits, Food, Napping, Treats, Squeaky things, Shedding.Tupelo Snow BEST

Luci-Fur Grasser (commonly known as Luci) Chocolate lab and collie mix. Hobbies: Fetching, fetching and more fetching. Age: 6 years old. Job title: Fetching Coordinator and Treat Analysist.Luci

Jameson Jake Jennings. 10 Years Old. Labrador PitBull mix. Job: Cardboard killer is my job title but my real profession is tree removal. I love to fish, hike, chase my ball, cliff jump, and swimming of course.1061

Magnus: Breed: Newfoundland. Age: 9. Hobbies: Drinking water, swimming, pulling carts, keeping a watchful eye on humans in the water, loving, cuddling, hangin’ with puppies. Job title: VP of Tails and Barketing. Low down: Magnus is a Steamboat native and a very social guy! Born in Old Town, he moved to Washington State to pursue a life of adventure on the water almost a decade ago. He spent his summers living in a Big Agnes ;-) tent and rafting on the rivers throughout Washington. In the winter, he’d spend his time hiking in the Chuckanut Mountains near Bellingham Bay, hunkered down practicing safe napping, or occasionally enjoy a righteous college party. While he loved his time in Washington, he has constantly felt the gravitational pull of the Yampa Valley Curse. He’s moved around quite a bit, but always returned to Steamboat in between his adventures. After a recent stint living in California, he’s returned to Steamboat to retire–and plans to stay for good this time! He’ll spend the rest of his days enjoying the adoration of his many fans, both locals and tourists alike (he is featured in many family vacation photos!), strolling along the Butcherknife Creek Trail, watching carefully over his new baby sister, and saying “Yo!” (read: barking) at the neighborhood dogs as they stroll past his yard.IMG_1289

Taj has been an office dog as long as we’ve known him, which has been the last six of his 13 years.  He never barked but could rattle the office with his snores.  Taj has worked his way up in the company with the positions of Door Stop, Snack Coordinator, Napping Executive, and Crotch Sniffing Department Lead.  Having had a long, brilliant career of making everyone around him feel loved and special, Papa Taj recently retired and spends his days in his shady backyard with the neighbor cat, Bear, watching the grass grow and the birds fly overhead waiting for his beloved little sister Ivy to come home from preschool. 38922_1457545952667_1973606_n

Name:  Bo

Age in Human Years, Breed: 7, Labrador Shepherd Mix
Hobbies: Adjusting to my new home and new humans, as I was recently adopted.  There are so many new smells and things to get used to.  I’m already loving Steamboat – hiking and running around and playing with all my new friends!
Job Description/Title: Master Napper, Belly Scratch Patrol – you will not pass through the office without giving me a rub!bo

The Best Double Sleeping Bag for Car-Camping Couples

CaptureThe Wirecutter dives in two at a time to select the best doublewide bag for the job.  The Dream Island is chosen after nine couples try out six double bags over a handful of camping trips. They agreed it’s the most comfortable and functional backcountry bed made for two.

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A sleeping bag with built-in pockets for pads and bedding is a great idea. Photo: Jeremy Pavia

“The Big Agnes Dream Island comes closer to feeling like a real bed than any other double bag we tested. A built-in sleeping-pad pocket eliminates the middle-of-the-night bunching and sliding we’ve experienced with other bags (the pad is sold separately). The Dream Island is also unusually lofty and comfortable—more like sleeping with a big, soft quilt draped over you than bunking up in a typical sleeping bag.”

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Sleeping next to each other in single bags is like using a bunk bed on your honeymoon. There’s a better way. Photo: Jeremy Pavia

Check out the whole Wirecutter review here.

 

 

Gear Review: Big Agnes Little Red

Join Adventuresome Sprout and learn why getting your tot a sleeping bag can help them stay toasty warm, and help give you a better night sleep.

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“I know some people have claimed that a toddler sleeping bag is unnecessary, and if you only camp in warmer weather, than that is probably true, but if you camp with a toddler in the spring and fall or at high altitudes when the night temperatures may drop substantially, then I personally think a toddler sleeping bag is a good idea… having a good night’s sleep is crucial for enjoying your camping trip and helping your sprout stay toasty warm will help you all get a better night’s sleep…the pad does a great job keeping hre in place and warm. We are so happy with this bag!”

Read more of the review from Jacqui and Aaron to learn why the Little Red comes out ahead.

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Campfire Chronicles: Crossing Borders
with Adventure Rig

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Crossing Borders: Day 8 of 15 with Adventure Rig
 
It had been 8 long days since we left Central California and we were now waking up in the heart of the Baja peninsula.  On this particular day, we felt as though our goal for the day was very realistic and imagined ourselves lounging on the beach after a short and easy ride.  It didn’t seem far at all, especially compared to some of our past days.  At this point in the trip, we were still learning that lines on a map were hardly comparable to the reality of the road or trail.

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Photo Credit: @adventurerig

We were riding motorcycles from San Francisco, California into Baja, Mexico, with hopes of getting all the way to the very southern tip of Baja but unsure of where we would actually end up.  Tyson was on a KTM 990 Adventure and I was on KTM 640 Adventure.  We both had nearly 90 pounds of luggage strapped to the back of our motorcycles including extra parts, camping gear, and clothing.  We learned quickly that we over-packed but we were prepared for the worst-case scenario and more.
Although perhaps the shortest days mileage wise, day 8 of the trip was one of the longest and most exhaustive days.  Our beautiful and fun day took a turn for the worst as we floundered and struggled frustratingly in the deep sand.  It took us nearly an hour to go a mile in the sand, and while we were set back in regard to time, we quickly became fatigued in the 80 degree desert heat.  
Amongst the barren desert land in Baja, there aren’t a lot of second options.  We pressed on to get to camp as soon as we could.  I remember when it became dusk,and I remember the instant when dusk turned to darkness.  Just at that moment, we reached a rocky river bank.  On the opposing side of the river there was a bluff and we could not determine where the road had disappeared to.  I finally noticed some water drops on the sand across the river and we could make out the road up the side of the bluff.IMG_4088.web
Luckily, we made it across the river without tipping anything over and now with wet feet, we continued to bounce and bang along the dark and rocky road while the blue dot on our GPS seemed to hardly move.  Our destination appeared so close but it felt as though we were hardly gaining ground.
With tired eyes I continued to look ahead into the dark abyss, precariously daydreaming of my spot in the tent.  A salty sweat grime covered my body and my face, almost unrecognizable, was covered with dirt and dust.  
Arriving, finally, at Scorpion Bay was a feeling of relief and happiness.  We eagerly set up the tent on a bluff overlooking the water and watched the boats bounce in the bay while our minds adjusted to silence.  Even the most uncomfortable night on the ground would be unbeatable after a day like we had had.  Lucky for me, I settled into my Big Agnes Sleep System, one of undisputable ground-sleeping comfort.    
To read the full Baja store, click here.

Campfire Chronicles: Appalachain Trail Days

CampfireChronicles-LogoWe were able to snag Rob, our very busy Marketing Specialist, and have him sum up his latest event: Trail Days 2016. Here’s what he had to share:IMG_5071

So recently the Big Agnes crew visited Damascus Virginia in the heart of the South. AT Days, as many folks call it, was celebrating their 30th Anniversary and we were excited to be a part of it. The small town of Damascus welcomes thousands of visitors and thru-hikers over a 4 day event. There is everything from tent city, the repair zone, vendor park area, and the only of its kind- Hitchhiker Parade.tlb_0514115875The Big Agnes crew started off by setting up some tents to crash in right in our very own repair station zone. This was our home away from home, where each night we had our very own family dinner with an amazing crew. BA rep Allyn was serving up his family thru-hiker chili on Friday night, “bring a bowl and we’ll serve ya”.

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Devin (repair guru) and Kathleen (CS crusher) lived in the gear repair area in Tent City for nearly the whole 4 days. I’m not even sure if Devin looked up to breathe while making repairs. Word on the street was CS crusher almost had to flex some muscle. In the meantime, our very own Johnson City local Ali (gift for gab) and Rob (Pit Viper Flat brimmer-yours truly) chatted with folks in the park all day every day until it was time to soothe the vocals with some liquid libations.IMG_1705

We also got to hang out with Sean, Christine, and the gang at Warrior Expeditions. We love being a big part of their team. Check out his sweet ride!IMG_5063

Trail Days is where the Big Agnes crew get to really see firsthand what the BA stoke is all about, coming from a former CSer (me) people love Big Agnes and then some. In the sea of tents in Tent City we were stoked to see half of them BA branded. The one on one we provide to our customers at home and on the road truly sets us apart from other companies. Heck they aren’t even scared of the tattoos and heck, I might have even signed my first catalog back cover! Through it all…. some things good and some we don’t need to mention haha, AT days is an event we’continue to be stoked on attending.

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