Through-Hike Relay: Outside Gear Store Hikes Lengthy Path As Fundraiser

A Vermont gear store simply completed a month-long hike to lift cash for a company that maintains the state’s most well-known path.

Workers members and volunteers of Vermont’s Outside Gear Alternate completed their Lengthy Path Relay on June 28. The month-long occasion aimed to lift cash for the Inexperienced Mountain Membership, which maintains the 272-mile path spanning the whole state.

“It’s so necessary for us to lift up folks in our neighborhood which might be doing nice work, just like the Inexperienced Mountain Membership,” mentioned Kenzie Fuqua, the occasions coordinator for Outside Gear Alternate and the fundraiser’s main organizer.

The Lengthy Path relay concerned about 200 individuals who divided the relay into 20 sections, with a handful of hikers on every half. Along with workers members from the gear firm, the relay hike included volunteers from Vermont Outside Recreation, Vermont Outside Enterprise Alliance, and the Inexperienced Mountain Membership.

Nearing the Fundraising Aim

The relay started on the state’s southern border on June 6 and headed north. Every staff hiked for a couple of days at a time, relaying a flag to the next group.

“We had some stunning climate and among the worst climate we will count on in June,” Fuqua mentioned. “However each single particular person appeared so glad to be on the market. It was a extremely fantastic factor to see.”

The gear firm has neared its aim of $25,000, which might fund a full month of path work. At present, they’ve raised about $19,000 and can proceed to just accept donations till mid-August.

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The occasion additionally celebrates the twenty fifth anniversary of the Outside Gear Alternate. This relay hike represents the corporate’s “greatest endeavor but,” she mentioned.

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The Lengthy Path

Elevating cash for Vermont’s Lengthy Path appeared an apparent selection. Accomplished in 1930, it’s the oldest related long-distance mountaineering path in the US. Tracing the backbone of the Inexperienced Mountains, “this historic footpath grew to become the mannequin for the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails,” the Outside Gear Alternate wrote in an announcement.

Along with donations, native sponsors additionally helped provide gear for the hikers. A lot of that gear will then be auctioned off to assist the fundraiser or donated to a neighborhood gear closet for hikers in want.

“We’re all the time simply excited to assist our neighborhood,” Fuqua mentioned. “That’s what makes us tick.”

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