Trail Days had yet another successful celebration in Damascus, Virginia this past weekend. Taking place along the Appalachian Trail where AT through-hikers pass by in May (if they’re heading north), the annual event brought together trail-lovers from all over the world. A free shuttle transported dirty, hungry hikers into Damascus where they could eat a home-cooked meal, get their gear repaired and dance the night away to live music. This year, Trail Days was also a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail.
SCARPA representative, Lee Means, was at the event this year, immersed in a land of duct tape, ramen noodles and zip-off pants in order to show off new shoes from SCARPA and answer questions. Lee sent us a little report from Trail Days 2012:
“It was in Damascus where the trails cross that we celebrated the 75th anniversary of The Appalachian Trail. For those not familiar with The AT and Trail Days–It’s an event to behold at least once in your life. For many, Trail Days is on the schedule every year. Outdoor retailers and brands, crafts, food vendors and live music made for an all-day festival from 9 to 6. In the evening there were talks from trail legends and movie premiers. At night we headed into Tent City for “Riff Raff.” Hundreds of hikers descended upon Damascus for an extended weekend of fun and camaraderie.
Lots of hikers came through the booth this year to simply tell me how much they love their SCARPAs. One girl came up to give me a high five and said, “I just want to tell you your shoes are AWESOME!” Old timers told me of their first pair of boots. And hikers currently on The AT sang praises of thanks for how their SCARPAs are holding up. One devoted SCARPA fan, who is currently on his second pair of Kailash boots, told me he had over 2,000 miles on his first pair before he finally retired them.He is pictured here with over a 1,000 miles on his boots, and plenty of tread to keep going. It’s the long distance hikers who realize the most important piece of equipment they have is the footwear on their feet…”
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