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


Home » Outdoor » Hiking » Thru-Hike Relay: Outdoor gear store hikes long way as fundraiser

A Vermont gear shop just finished a month-long hike to raise money for an organization that maintains the state’s most famous trail.

Vermont’s Outdoor Gear Exchange staff and volunteers finished yours Long Trail Relay on June 28th. The month-long event aimed to raise money for the Green mountain clubwhich maintains the 272-mile trail that spans the entire state.

“It’s so important to us to nurture people in our community who are doing great work, like the Green Mountain Club,” said Kenzie Fuqua, Outdoor Gear Exchange’s events coordinator and lead organizer of the fundraiser.

That long track The relay involved about 200 people, who divided the relay into 20 sections with a handful of walkers on each section. In addition to employees from the equipment company, volunteers from Vermont Outdoor Recreation, the Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance and the Green Mountain Club participated in the relay hike.

Closer to the fundraising goal

The squadron began on June 6 at the state’s southern border and headed north. Each team hiked for a few days and passed a flag to the following group.

“We had beautiful weather and some of the worst weather conditions we can expect in June,” Fuqua said. “But every single person seemed so happy to be out there. It was really wonderful to see that.”

The gear company is nearing its goal of $25,000, which would fund a full month of trail work. They have currently raised approximately $19,000 and will continue to accept donations through mid-August.

The event also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Exchange of outdoor gear. This relay hike represents the company’s “biggest undertaking yet,” she said.

long trail relay

The long way

raise money for Vermont’s long way seemed an obvious choice. Completed in 1930, it is the oldest continuous long-distance trail in the United States. This historic footpath, which follows the backbone of the Green Mountains, “became the model for the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails,” the Outdoor Gear Exchange wrote in an announcement.

In addition to donations, local sponsors also helped to equip the hikers. Much of this gear is then auctioned off to support the fundraiser or donated to a community gear closet for hikers in need.

“We’re always happy to support our community,” said Fuqua. “That’s what drives us.”

Donate to support the fundraiser or learn more online.

Vermont skier skiing through trees

Leave Nice Tracks: The trail crew that built up Vermont’s backcountry

Deep in the woods of Rochester, Vermont, a trail crew is building a local gateway to backcountry skiing. This film tells the whole story. Continue reading…