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Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
trail days 07 on 02/11/2007 21:07:38 MST Print View

i didn't see where anyone had asked this already so, i was hoping to find out if will be represented at traildays in Damascus, VA this spring?
thanks. ..tim

Robert Burns
( - F

Locale: Cascades / Olympics (WET)
Re: trail days 07 on 02/22/2007 13:04:42 MST Print View

Yes they'll be there. I will too. See ya there.

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
trial days 07 on 02/22/2007 16:13:49 MST Print View

great! they were missed last year.
look forward to seeing yall there. thanks. ...tim

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Trail Days 07 (Damascus) on 04/20/2007 11:55:03 MDT Print View

What companies other than BPL and GoLite plan to be at Trail Days in Damascus, VA this year? It was good to see the increased representation of lightweight gear at the 2006 event.

I noticed that the GoLite event is again at the same time as a talk about safety and lightweight options.


Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
trail days 07 on 04/22/2007 21:01:28 MDT Print View

try googling trail days & i believe you will find their web site.
i believe it should have a list of most of the gear suppliers that are to be there.

Edited by slowhike on 04/22/2007 21:04:51 MDT.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Re: Trail Days 07 (Damascus) on 04/23/2007 18:08:07 MDT Print View

Jacks R Better LLC will be at Trail Days 2007 for fourth consecutive year.... Stop in and say hello.... Couple new quilt designs... a unique Patend Pending Hammock and couple of prototype hammock tents will hopefully be unveiled at TD07.


Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
trail days 07 on 04/23/2007 18:57:03 MDT Print View

yep, i had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of the hammock tents on a winter hammocking trip this past jan.
nice work. i believe they will catch quite a bit of attention.
the jacks wouldn't tell us much about their new hammock design... said if they did, they would have to kill us.
so i said i'd just wait until they got them ready to show.
but we're anxious to see them.
BTW... if you are interested in lightweight hammock camping, check out

Edited by slowhike on 04/23/2007 18:58:10 MDT.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Trail Days 07 (Damascus) on 04/26/2007 19:26:42 MDT Print View

Excellent! I'm looking forward to see these new products, and it's nice to hear that you'll be there again. I've been enjoying my quilt, but am wishing I had gotten it overstuffed. Do you folks have a UL summer option? It seems like my summer bag or fleece liner is heavier than your 20F quilt.

The only info about vendors is about the traditional equipment suppliers that will be at the campground offering repairs to their equipment. I was wondering about the Six Moons, Gossamer Gear, Hennessey, etc. type companies.

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
trail days 07 on 04/26/2007 20:49:57 MDT Print View

i couldn't say for sure about which of those light weight gear makers will be there, but i believe gossamer gear was there last year.
hennessy hammocks is always there. and i'm told that speer hammocks, jacks r better, & antigravity gear (tin man) will all be side by side under a line of connected canopies.
i'll be assisting speer hammocks.
i believe golight will be there too. probably several other lightweight gear suppliers as well as some of the more traditional (heaver) gear makers.
about the top quilts, if you go to the JRB web site you can check out the "no sniveler" quilt & the lighter yet "stealth" summer weight quilt.
BTW... speer hammocks will be showing a new hammock under quilt design that's going to get attention. it's designed so that it doesn't compress the insulation even when pulled tight up against the hammock. ...tim

Edited by slowhike on 04/27/2007 14:42:59 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: trail days 07 on 04/27/2007 09:07:47 MDT Print View

AntiGravityGear will be there. He mentioned that to me in a recent email. :-) He sold my book at Trail Days last year, so maybe he will this year as well :-)

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Re: Re: trail days 07 on 04/27/2007 11:01:50 MDT Print View

MLD will be there. Maybe a few new items. Should be a fun weekend!

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Trail Days on 04/27/2007 11:30:00 MDT Print View

Any prototypes of the "Spirit" shelter to be displayed, Ron?

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
trail days on 05/13/2007 21:41:42 MDT Print View

sara... i saw in your profile that you're the freezer bag cooking author. i need to take a closer look at that & try some new stuff. ...tim

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: trail days on 05/14/2007 08:14:35 MDT Print View

You should ;-)

So, trip reports anyone? Someday I will get out East for it!

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Trail Days 2007 on 05/27/2007 06:50:15 MDT Print View

Here are some photos from Trails Days 2007 in Damascus, VA. I hope the suppliers and other attendees can fill in some of the details and start additional discussion.

Tent City - thruhikers (past & and present) and others camp in a wooded area at the edge of town. There were suppliers (MSR, Leki, etc.) that offered equipment repair. Also Backpacker Magazine, a Japanese film crew, and others were at the campsite.
Some of Tent City
Free breakfast for the hikers
More Tents

There's a fervent subculture of hammock hangers hiding in the trees. I think that there were more hammocks than tarps. They also got some of the prime spots along the river where you couldn't put a tent.
There's subculture of hammock hangers hiding in the trees.  More hammocks than tarps.
more hammocks

There were some tarp folks. Here is an Super-ultra-light version...assuming that 40-50 people were sleeping under it.
The BIG Tarp

Edited by TomClark on 05/27/2007 14:34:44 MDT.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Lightweight Vendors on 05/27/2007 07:43:17 MDT Print View

I didn't see BPL there this year, but there was a growing number of lightweight vendors.

Brian Vargo returned with his line of Ti gear, and a new stove.

Vargo Ti products

Brain & his new Ti Decagon stove

Ron Bell from Mountain Laurel Designs had a full line of tarps, packs, and some new lightweight bags. He had several versions, with insulation on one side and a breathable material on the other. Ron...give us some more detail on this since it's not on your webpage yet.
Ron Bell and MLD

MLD Bags

Gossamer Gear showed off their new packs and shelters. Grant & Jeff were at the booth, but Glen must have been off hiking.
Gossamer Gear
Gossamer Gear Shelters

The big dogs were at GoLite. They sponsored two Fast Packing hikes to demo lightweight backpacking practices, and did some gear give-a-aways. Coop didn't make it due to some last minute family issues.
The big dogs at GoLite
GoLite's packs

Flyin Brian during his interactive Fastpacking hike and demo. He stated that bivies are good for folks that haven't refined their site location and pitching techniques. He also believes that the Cat Stove is the most efficient alcohol design.
Brian Robinson

Ron Moak of Six Moon Designs was there again with his Gatewood tarp and other great shelters.
Ron Moak of Six Moons Designs
Six Moon Designs Shelters

Bob from Big Sky was there with his line of shelters.
Bob of Big Sky
Big Sky Shelters

I don't know the folks that sell the Packa, but they are just down the road from the festival, near Grayson Highlands and Mt. Rogers.
The Packa

The hammocks continue to gain ground and there were 4-5 groups selling them this year. Tom from Hennessey Hammocks drew a big crowd with his water collection and winter hammock options.
Hennessey Hammocks
Tom Hennessey

Ed Speers was back again. He's a great supporter of the hammocking crowd, and has a well written book about hammock camping.
Ed Speer's Hammocks
Speer's Pea Pod

Jacks R Better had their popular line of quilts for inside and below hammocks...but this year they had their own hammock system. Take a look.
Jacks' New Hammock
Jacks R Better

I can't recall the name of this hammock maker..can someone supply that?
Unknown Hammock

Tin Man of Antigravity Gear had his line of stoves, pots, etc. He also carried other people's products.
Antigravity Gear
Tin Man of Antigravity

Trail Designs were drawing lots of attention with their Caldera Stove. I almost got one myself, but am still wrestling with the storing options.
Trail Designs
Caldera Stove

Equinox was selling some great accessories, and got some of my business

There were also some people that had written books or produced videos. JR "Model T" was hawking his new book "Walking with the Ghost Whisperers" about history along the AT. He also wrote "Walking on the Happy Side of Misery" about his AT thruhike. I have both.

Michael Thomas "Lion King" Daniels gave a viewing of his "Walking West With Freedom", which chronicles his PCT hike. This follows up his previous AT video (Walking with Freedom). The room was packed to see the great PCT imagery and follow his hike.
Lion King & Walking West with Freedom

Rick McKinney was selling his book "Dead Men Hike No Trails." I got a copy, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Edit--I just finished reading the book, and enjoyed it. It's not a "traditional AT" book with a heavy slant toward the floral, fauna, and history of the trail. He praises Jardine's lightweight philosophy, but doesn't get into his gear other than the fact that he did not like his hammocks. The flow is...well...turbulent with frequent flashbacks to previous situations on and off the trail. He openly discusses his and other's battle with depression. His preferred treatment seems to be meds, Crown Royal, women, and hiking (not necessarily in that order). Here's a link to his site.
Dead Men Hike No Trails

Mark Flagler was selling his "Appalachian Impressions " video, and promised another one from the PCT next year.

Edited by TomClark on 07/08/2007 11:30:16 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Lightweight Vendors on 05/27/2007 09:23:24 MDT Print View

Cool! Love the photos :-)

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Re: Lightweight Vendors on 05/27/2007 10:01:38 MDT Print View

thanks for all the pictures

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
new hammocks on 05/28/2007 04:45:55 MDT Print View

good pics thomas.
the new hammock line is called "Warbonnet Hammocks"
the designer Brandon is taking part in the hammocksforum web site. i believe he will chime in here later but here's a link to a thread w/ pictures & discussion on his hammocks.


Edited by slowhike on 05/28/2007 11:37:40 MDT.

brandon waddy
(warbonnetguy) - F
hello all on 05/28/2007 09:10:48 MDT Print View

thanks tim. hello all. i was the new vendor at td's the name of my company is warbonnet outdoors. www.warbonnetoutdoors should be up and running in a couple of weeks. check out the above link for lots of pics, prices and descriptions. i am making side entry technical hammocks with a few new features, a perimeter loaded tarp,(which is on the same thread, but a little closer to the beginning than the rest of the pics), a full length and a half length underquilt, among other things. i can be reached at until my website is up and running...Brandon