When we say we sleep in the dirt, we mean it.
In 2017, Big Agnes adopted 75 miles of the Continental Divide Trail near Steamboat Springs as part of our support of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. As an adopter we agreed to do our part to maintain the designated portion of trail, mark the trail as needed, keep it free of trash, and be good stewards of the trail whenever we found ourselves recreating on it. Which turns out, is quite often. So to celebrate our adoption, the CDT's 40th Anniversary, and the 50th Anniversary of the National Scenic Trails Act, we decided to hike the entire Colorado section of the trail this summer. Yup. 740 miles! 146k vertical feet up and down. Topping out at 14k feet on Grays summit.Check Out the route
Are you serious?
After absorbing the commitment to the adoption the Big Agnes and Honey Stinger staff began thinking about how impactful this trail is not only to our community of Steamboat but statewide, and maybe it’s time we help raise some awareness. But how could we do that…? Throw a party, make a t-shirt, or…we could hike the entire CO section over the course of one summer! What an adventure, team building experience and unique way to raise awareness for this iconic and rugged trail we are so lucky to have running through our state. With guidance from staff member Kathleen Lynch (Product Development team) who has completed the entire CDT and a group of volunteers from both brands, the Big Agnes Border to Backyard Rally was born.
Traveling by foot, bike, and horsepack with our employees from our sister company Honey Stinger we’ll cover all 740 miles in a thru-hike style relay with a baton hand-off at each of the 24 sections. We’ll have the opportunity to hike through parts of the state we otherwise have never seen, test our sample backpacking and bikepacking product in some unforgiving conditions, and really get to know faces within our own company that we may have only had water-cooler chats with before.
How you can support the CDT.
The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is the 501(c)(3) national non-profit working in partnership with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management to complete, promote and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Founded in 2012 by a passionate group of volunteers and recreationists, CDTC is a membership organization working to building a strong community of supporters who want to see the CDT protected not just for today’s users, but for generations to come.Learn More