- Fall Outdoor EXPO: Mountain House meal demonstration, this Saturday, October 19th, in our store window!
- Warren Miller’s 64th film, “Ticket to Ride,” at the State Theatre, Thursday, November 21st!
- With purchase of $100 or more in The North Face products, in-store, receive a FREE TNF beanie!
- SAVE THE DATE: North Face athlete Mark Synnott to speak, Wednesday, October 9th, in-store, 7-9pm!
- Register in-store to win 1 of 4 race entries to the Hardcore Mudrun!
“Within the first 3 miles of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a rigorous 2000 ft climb invited me to my first epic views of the mountains I would be climbing for the next four days. I didn’t realize it at this moment, but the next few days would be the most exciting and adrenaline pumping days of my journey thus far.
That very night, a decently sized black bear snorted and brushed up against my MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent. It’s shadow darkened the fresh green nylon of my vestibule, and I could hear the solid crunch of dead foliage under paw. Scary stuff for this girl.
The next day, a few friends and I pushed 29 miles through the night to watch the painted sunrise at the top of Clingman’s Dome, the highest point on the AT, then pushed another eight miles more to make it to Newfound Gap for resupply in Gatlinburg, TN.
Exhausting, but worth every step.
Never a dull moment in the Smokies.”
“The Hammock For Two”
Recently, I discovered that my parents would be celebrating an important wedding anniversary. Alas, I found myself in the usual pickle regarding what to do about their gift! With every passing year, for birthdays, anniversaries and other such events, the stress of gift giving weighs on us all!
I happened to be on the Appoutdoors website for an unrelated reason and, by mere coincidence, I came across the Eagles Nest Outfitters: Doublenest Hammock for two!
Breathing a sigh of relief, I was relieved to have found the perfect ‘couples’ gift, especially for the coming warm months!
I first considered the garden in which it would hang (yes, this hammock is not only for use in the wilderness, although I am told that it does a rather fabulous job in the woods as well). More specifically, I imagined the colors and smells of freshly mowed grass, blooming flowers and the cobalt summer sky. And so, I chose the red/charcoal color combination.
To make a long story short, the moment the gift was revealed the summer buzz began!
“From which trees should we hang this lovely ENO thing?
Should it be from the Linden to the Maple? The Willow to the Pine?”
They decided on the Maple to the Pine!
Offer begins, Friday, April 26th!
For contest rules, please see below!!!
Upon purchasing a piece of Marmot sportswear, in-store, you will receive a Marmot logoed water bottle ($15 retail value) as a Gift with Purchase.
There will be one $100 gift certificate hidden in one of the logoed bottles!!!
Essentially, one lucky Marmot customer may win a $100 gift certificate to be used in-store at Appalachian Outdoors on a Marmot purchase.
This certificate can be applied to any Marmot product we have in our store and is not limited to sportswear.
Once one lucky customer finds the $100 certificate, they will use it in our store only to purchase a Marmot product(s) of their choice, up to $100. There is no cash back value.
For example, if you purchase a $75 Marmot item, you cannot get $25 back and you cannot get a $25 credit. The certificate must be used once only up to the $100 value. Any cost over the $100 must be paid by cash or credit to Appalachian Outdoors. This will be clearly outlined on the winning certificate.
Time to play and win with Marmot!!!
Join us for an informational evening with the distinguished, Dave Kurtz, an avid lifelong paddler! He has been teaching whitewater sports since 1954!
An excellent summer activity for children and young adults, kayaking will be the featured topic of the evening.
Bring the family and start paddling!
Thursday, May 2nd, 7-8pm, in-store at Appalachian Outdoors.
Light, healthy snacks and refreshments will be served!
Appalachian Outdoors would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone that helped us make Ladies Night a tremendous success!
“Cultivating Love: A Benefit for our Friend,” was a wild success. The staff at Appalachian Outdoors, Devon Jacobs and her family were truly amazed at the generosity of the community we live in.
What a heartwarming experience for everyone this truly was!
Thank you again!
Many thanks to the following Downtown retailers for donating gifts for our silent auction!
Websters Bookstore Cafe
The Bicycle Shop
Studio 2 Photography
Room to Breathe
Jana Scott Photography
Lone Oak Glass
Cherry Lane Salon
The Atherton Hotel
One Lucky Dog
Old State Clothing Co.
We also extend our deepest appreciation to local eateries that are generously donating delicious goodies for this event!
Hotel State College
Fraser St. Deli
Many thanks to Prana for being our lead sponsor!!!
We would also like to thank all of our vendor representatives for their generous raffle prizes!
Here are a few favorites!
Prana, Kiss my Face, Mountain Hardwear, Smartwool, Chacos, Columbia, Icebreaker, ISIS, Merrell, Life is good, The North Face, Patagonia, Kavu, LOLE, Jambu, Dansko, Purple Lizard Maps, Horny Toad, Pro Bar, Woolrich, Big Agnes, Volcom and many more!
In a recent USMC field exercise, Fits Socks were put to the performance test!
The Gunnery Sergeant in charge shared his experience with Appalachian Outdoors.
Fits socks, “performed well under the strenuous conditions of a 9 mile force march and a 7 mile terrain analysis course that pushed out feet to the limit.
For example, some of the members of our unit who did NOT have the opportunity to wear a pair of the socks literally bled through their boots during the course of the exercise.”
The Sergeant continues, “I personally did not get any hot spots or blisters on my feet. I attribute this to the moisture wicking capability of the socks and their ability to reduce friction within my boot.
Additionally, the other two members of our unit who wore them, one male and one female, had no complaints about their feet other than them being sore due to the miles we put on them. This is a testament to the ability of the socks to perform when needed under harsh conditions.”
Stop by Appalachian Outdoors, pick up a pair and put them to a test or two yourself!!!
My favorite view so far on the Appalachian trail came unexpectedly a few miles before Betty Creek Gap in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Maneuvering through a thick tunnel of rhododendrons, hiking with what seemed like extremely exaggerated motions, I noticed an inconspicuous tunnel cut off towards the right side of the trail. At the end of the tunnel was something amazing to behold. Even though I didn’t realize at the time what peaks I was viewing, the solitude and sheer magnificence of that very spot will stay with me forever.
I may also note that Betty Creek Gap (where I ventured on down the trail) was also my favorite campsite. It was homey, there was a warm campfire with familiar faces, plenty of dry logs to squat on, and also where I found a colorful and lovingly weaved area rug (abandoned and thrown away on a downed tree) that I packed out and carried with me for miles. Though it made a toasty camp seat and vestibule decoration, we had to eventually part. Mom, you should be receiving this in the mail within the next couple of days. Her name is Betty, and It was time to part.
What’s that old hiker saying? I think it’s, “ounces equal pounds, pounds equal pain”.
A celebration at the Georgia/North Carolina border with my trail family.
It is amazing the close friends acquired on the trail thus far, well, 78.5 hiker miles to be exact. This was the first true milestone of the journey.
Our first state crossing!
Between mile zero atop Springer Mountain to here, many adventures were to be had. They include, but are not limited to: a sweltering hot first day of hiking that transitioned into an icy and freezing rain ridge ride, a tornado touching down at a neighboring gap, riding out an unseasonal snowstorm, and battling homesickness (yes, within the first two weeks). I realize that the majority of these experiences noted forever in my mind are weather related, but when you call the Appalachian Trail your home, foul or great weather become a larger component in your life than you ever thought possible. That said, I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything. They are intangible and brilliant. They are life changing. They also make you seriously glad you brought along the Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid jacket.