(Photo above: Renee Patrick)
Learn about America’s longest trail, the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail, win gear & hear the stories of local women who have completed the trek. Local backpacker, Renee Patrick, plans to complete the “Triple Crown” of long distance hiking trail in the United States with the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT) this year. Join her and other local long distance backpackers at Patagonia in Bend on Thursday, March 12 at 7pm.
As the Continental Divide Trail Coalition’s first Trail Ambassador, Patrick will share the story of the organization’s mission to complete and protect America’s wildest and most remote long distance trail along the backbone of the Continental Divide. Learn about the youngest and longest of the “Triple Crown” trails: a path that stretches from Mexico to Canada and passes through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
The trail isn’t complete, so in addition to raising awareness of the incredibly scenic and difficult endeavor of thru-hiking (completing the entire trail in one trip), she will raise money for the Coalition’s efforts through a gear raffle.
Enjoy free beer and hear stories from three local women who have already thru-hiked the CDT: Sage Clegg, Mary Moynihan, and Kim Geisreiter. Clegg was the first woman to have completed the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail) in 18 months; Moynihan was the only women to successfully complete a north-bound thru-hike of the CDT in 2011, a year with some of the highest snow levels in recent history; and Geisreiter not only completed a south-bound CDT hike in 2011, but will be thru-hiking the trail again this year north-bound.
The CDT will be Patrick’s 8th long-distance backpacking trail, and she will not only talk about what it means to hike the trail in one trip, (long waterless stretches, high snow levels, grizzly territory) but will have a “show and tell” with the gear she will be carrying, including some unique homemade items.
Come support America’s longest backpacking trail and learn more about the intrepid folks who hike it.
The raffle will include items from: Hikertrash, Purple Rain Adventure Skirts, Namaspa Yoga & Massage, The Trail Show, Lava Love, Silipint, Oregon Natural Desert Association, Oboz Footwear, TurboPUP, GoMacro Macrobars, Point6, STANLEY, Embrace the Brutality: A Continental Divide Trail Adventure, squatchfilms.com, Cairn, Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail, Nevado Mountain Adventures, Bronwen Jewelry, Sawyer Products, Salazon Chocolate Co., BendFilm Festival, Sierra Sage Herbs, Strictly Organic Coffee Co. Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear, Visit Bend Oregon, Skjersaa’s, Patagonia, Pizza Mondo and more.