2016 Trail Days Sponsors
2016 "TITLE SPONSOR" - $7,500 Sponsorship
Farm To Feet outdoor performance socks are manufactured in Mount Airy, NC.
Committed to the single goal of creating the world’s best wool socks, Farm To Feet uses an exclusive all-American recipe: US Materials, US Manufacturing, and US Workers – making it a 100% American Brand. www.farmtofeet.com
2016 "The Thru Hiker" - $2,000 Sponsorships
Wonder why we called our company Big Agnes? The answer you receive depends on who you talk with and the mood we're in. Honestly, it's either a rocky peak in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area outside Steamboat Springs, a laid back mountain town mama or dependable backcountry gear. We think it represents a little bit of each and everything in between. We've spent a lot of time in the local backcountry so we feel downright connected to it. We name our products after local history, places, peaks and rivers which is always a fun process. It brings back memories of trips both successful and epic and hopefully inspires you to come explore. www.bigagnes.com
Darn Tough has been building quality socks since 1948, and during that time, it has managed to create socks so durable and well made that it can confidently stand by for life. Family-owned for three generations, Darn Tough is built on old-fashioned know-how andcraftsmanship. Its unique process is centered on using a single, fine-gauge needle to create high- density socks that really last. Whether you are skiing, boarding , hiking, biking, or just hanging out at home, Darn Tough socks keep your feet feeling good. Premium, performance socks made in Vermont, USA and Unconditionally Guaranteed for Life! www.darntough.com
Granite Gear was born in the Boundary Waters to make backpacks and packing systems tougher than granite. Well-known for award-winning packs that will take you wher you've gotta go, Granite Gear is the maker for AT favorite, the Crown V.C. 60 multi-day backpack; innovative packing systems like the eVent Sil Compression Dry Sack; and their newest creation, the Lutsen series with customizeable Re-Fit A.C. technology. Granite Gear: Rock Solid for 30 years. www.granitegear.com
No matter what you’re doing out there, memories that last start with gear that lasts. KELTY gear is built to help you make the most of every long day, every wild night, every three-day weekend you throw at it. With tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, and camp essentials, you’ll be covered for any outdoor adventure. That’s KELTY. Built to Endure™ www.kelty.com
Sierra Designs specializes in protecting you from the elements. Their rain wear is comfortable and breathable, instead of clammy. Their tents are some of the lightest backcountry tents anywhere. All of Sierra Designs' products will give you years of enjoyment in the backcountry or backyard. www.sierradesigns.com
Originally inspired by thru-hikers along the Appalachian Trail, Vasque and Thru-Hike Syndicate brand partners Osprey, Nemo Equipment, Darn Tough and Leki expanded the 2015 program to include thru-hikers attempting either the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. The Thru-Hike Syndicate began in 2014 as a multi-brand initiative designed to support thru-hikers with product and give them a place to share their journeys with others to encourage more people to get out on the trail. Vasque has been making performance hiking footwear for over 50 years. With a passion for performance and fit, Vasque’s mission to this day is to bring the latest in technology and design to outdoor enthusiasts by making quality, rugged footwear for all types of trail conditions. www.vasque.com
Find the Virginia is for Lovers (@VisitVirginia) crew at Trail Days and share your Appalachian Trail experience on camera for a chance to be featured in a video on the magic of the AT. Camera shy? Share your favorite AT memories with @VisitVirginia using #VAOutdoors instead for a chance to be featured on the Virginia is for Lovers website and social channels.
From the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the majestic Blue Ridge and rugged Appalachian Mountains, Virginia is a four-season destination with outdoor activities for every skill level and interest. Home to 544 miles of the famed Appalachian Trail and pristine wilderness areas like Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, and Mount Rogers Recreation Area, it’s easy to see why Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers. Virginia’s abundant natural resources are the perfect backdrop for creating your personal history of epic outdoor moments and lifelong memories.
Visit www.Virginia.org to plan your next Virginia outdoor adventure.
The Great Recession, 2009... born in a hunting camp on the banks of the Big Salmon River.
It might be hard to believe that a little rain on a fly fishing trip would create an outdoor company. But in the spring of 2009 that was just the case. Having forgot his rain coat at an airport and forced to purchase one from a field guide stationed at a hunt camp on the Big Salmon river in the Yukon Territory, one of our founders soon learned that his expensive new garment wasn't up for the squalls that can turn up during Spring time on the Big Salmon River. Wet and cold, thoughts began to flood the empty mind of our Operations Manager...'It costs enough getting to these outdoor locations, why should my gear hit me in the wallet as well?" Heavy rain can make for a lot of free time back at the lodge, but soon product ideas were born around the fire pit.
Rain gear that holds up yet won't break the bank? Check. Sleeping bags that are warm yet light enough to stow in your trail bag? Check. ATV gear that won't tear when you gotta haul big game back to your lodge? Check. Hiking poles that are ultra-light yet won't take up valuable space in your bag? Check. By the end of that cold rainy week, Yukon Outfitters was born.
Using a sewing machine bought at a yard sale and a blow torch in the garage our founders began to create their vision of the perfect kind of gear. Soon, hammocks, sleeping bags, big game tarps, tow straps, fire pits, Field Dressing kits and ATV bags came to define Yukon Outfitters. Today, you'll find our gear on duck hunting trips in Louisiana, Hog hunts in South Georgia, coyote eradications in Utah and most importantly the big game hunts and fly fishing in the Yukon Territory. Besieged by friends and family wanting the same gear, our founders started to mass produce their innovations for everyone to enjoy.
So whether your trip takes you 10 miles down the road or to the other side of the planet. Yukon Outfitters will see to it that you're gear won't be the reason your adventure ends early.
2016 "The Section Hiker" - $1,000 Sponsorships
Fisher Hollow Veterinary Clinic
21928 Jeb Stuart Hwy
Being community-oriented and involved in local efforts is one of our top priorities. Food City also partners with farmers in Southwest Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee to bring local produce to our customers, which helps local farmers and satisfies customer demand. www.foodcity.com
Freeman Productions - Committed to providing Quality, Professional Sound for the Appalachian Trail Days Festival!
Experience a level of comfort on the trail almost as good as your bed at home and maybe even better. The Hennessy Hammock is just as comfortable for expeditions into the Amazon jungle or on an African Safari as it is in the backyard or out at the cottage. Two of the ultraight camping hammocks are under 2 lbs.! Tall or large campers and campers with injuries, arthritis or bone spurs and back pain tell us about finding their first night of comfortable camping in many years in the larger Explorer Deluxe or Safari Deluxe models. The patented asymmetrically shaped hammock supports your back like a quality mattress off the ground. You will wake up in the morning feeling great. Some owners of Hennessy Hammocks claim that they come home from their adventure feeling better than when they left. www.hennessyhammock.com
La Sportiva - Making the worlds finest outdoor products since 1928. With the introduction of Gore Surround in their new line of hiking boots, your feet will finally be able to breath. Visit them in the Sponsors exhibit to learn more about the leading innovations to keep you light, fast and comfortable. www.sportiva.com
TOAKS Outdoor specializes in ultra light titanium cookware, cutlery, stoves, and
tent stakes, located in southern California. We provide world-class titanium
products and excellent customer services. TOAKS is also an innovative company.
Our wood burning stove (STV-11) received Outdoor Industry Award at Outdoor 2015,
Friedrichshafen, Germany. We look forward to meeting outdoor enthusiasts and
retailers. We are eager to support the outdoor community and develop great
business with retailers. Come and visit us in the sponsor area and pick up your
free carabiner clip!
2016 "The Day Hiker" - $500 Sponsorships
Arcadia Power - Sign up here to get $20 off your first month of clean energy! www.ArcadiaPower.com/traildays
Join Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Ultimate Gear Giveaway! Visit Backpacker's booth in the campground Saturday, May 14th at 5:45pm for your chance to win gear from the top brands in the outdoor industry! The Get Out More Tour travels around the country May through Ocober with Randy Propster who thrives on the opportunity to share his love and knowledge for the outdoors and looks forward to building new relationships at outdoor retailers and on the trail getting out more! www.backpacker.com/getoutmore
Have you always wanted to check out Trails Days but don't have camping gear? Maybe you've been staying at a hotel way out in Abingdon but always wanted to camp on site. Well good news! For the first time ever The Show Sherpa is bringing it's on-site tent hotel The Sherpa Village to Trails Days in 2016. The Sherpa Village will be located near the Damascus Town Library and there are 1-Person, 2-Person & 4-Person packages available. Packages include a 10 x 10 cabin style tent(8x8 for 1-Person) with almost seven feet of headroom, sturdy comfortable camping cots with a 300lb capacity, a lantern, camping chairs and even sleeping bags if you need one that are yours to keep for a small additional fee. The Sherpa Village also includes a large common shelter filled with adirondack style chairs and a community camp kitchen with everything you need to prepare a good meal including a gas grill and expedition style camping stoves. A limited number of packages are available now at and will go fast. Tent rentals are completely refundable as long as they are cancelled at least two weeks prior to Trail Days in case your plans change. www.theshowsherpa.com