Hang Out with The Trek at Trail Days 2019

April showers bring May flowers AT Trail Days and also more showers.

That’s right, the page on the 2019 calendar has been flipped a handful of times, which means it’s time to reunite in Damascus.  As always, The Trek will be repping a booth at the Appalachian Trail festival, eager to make some new friends and connect with familiar faces.  Each year we do our best to bribe hikers to stop by the booth, and this year is no exception.


When? May 17 and May 18

Where? Damascus, VA

No, but where specifically, ya dingus? Oh, booth #108.

Why? We’ll get there, keep reading.


This year, we’ll be giving away a Gossamer Gear backpack and a pair of Gossamer Gear LT5 poles.

We’ll also be giving away a healthy dose of Point6 merino wool socks for current thru-hikers.  Be sure to follow @appalachian.trail on Instagram if you’re not already, as we’ll be unveiling the password to score free socks.


We’re teaming up with Sawyer Products to bring you thru-hiker video interviews!

Swing by The Trek’s booth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday to answer a short series of questions.  Your answers will be included in a video posted on The Trek’s YouTube Channel as well as right here on thetrek.co.  Oh, and in case the above free stuff didn’t tickle your fancy enough, some lucky interviewees will win a FREE Sawyer Micro.

We will also be shooting thru-hiker portraits at the booth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  These photos will land on The Trek’s site and Instagram accounts.  Swing on by to have those beautifully disheveled domes memorialized.


Chaunce and I, two of your favorite ginger backpacking podcast co-hosts, will be hanging at the booth.  Say hi.

Other familiar faces, including Jabba and Rabbit, among many others, will be loitering in the space.  Say hi to them too.



9am-3pm: Thru-Hiker Video Interviews

10am-1pm: Thru-Hiker Portraits

11am-1pm: Meet, Greet, n’ Stinky Feet with Backpacker Radio


9am-3pm: Thru-Hiker Video Interviews

10am-1pm: Thru-Hiker Portraits

11am-1pm: Meet, Greet, n’ Stinky Feet with Backpacker Radio

330pm: Gear Raffle


Here are some pictures from past years in case you thought we were bluffing.

trail days 2019

That’s all.  See you there!

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