The 2nd Annual Winter Ruck of the American Long Distance Hikers Association was held in Cascade Locks on Saturday.

About 140 people, including me, Shutterbug (also known as Gary), to enjoy a day of clinics, learning, and comradery. I set up a Mountain Shop booth to highlight our selection of lightweight backpacks, hiking shoes, and gear.

There were hikers ranging from brand new to 23,000 mile thru hiking masters. I have around 5,500 miles of experience under my belt and well worn shoes, between the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail. It was awesome to hang out with such a wider variety of people who were all connected by their love for long distance hiking.

The Ruck featured clinics on lightening your pack, navigation on the PCT, and a presentation from Triple Crown hiker Wired. To be a Triple Crowner you must complete the PCT, CDT, and the AT, so you know she had some great insight to share! There was also an opportunity for aspiring hikers to have a pack shake down with an experienced long distance hiker.

Needless to say, I definitely plan on going back next year, and if you have any long distance hiking dreams, you should too!

In the meantime, the Mountain Shop will be hosting the Second Annual Ultralight Festival March 14-15th, which will feature clinics, gear talks, and more. We’d love to see you there!

 

 

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