CloudLine ambassadors Justin and Patrice Lavigne live a life less ordinary. They are constantly doing what they love and that involves adventures like thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011, living in their van for months at a time, spending the summer guiding kids on outdoor adventures at summer camps, writing for Backpacker's Magazine, and in 2015 they thru-hiked New Zealand's long trail, Te Araroa.
Beginning May 1st, 2017 the Lavigne's will be hitting the road in their camper van to speak about their thru-hike of Te Araroa at 31 events across the country.
The decision to thru-hike the Appalachian was initially an extremely overwhelming path to travel for us. Not only did outsiders begin bombarding us with a plethora of questions, our own minds seemed to be swimming in the thought of how much knowledge we’d have to acquire before a thru-hike was even a plausible feat. Let me tell ya, it is incredibly easy to let your mind wander tirelessly down a trail of daunting thoughts at first.
A thru hike is a huge undertaking and our friends at Big Outdoors are launching a sponsorship program to help 12 lucky hikers outfit their 2017 thru hikes. If you are planning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, or Appalachian Trail this year, then head over to Big Outdoors and fill out their quick and painless sponsorship application by Monday, January 23rd. And if you aren't already convinced you should apply, here are 5 reasons to partner with Big Outdoors for your 2017 thru hike.