Since 1993 National Trails Day has inspired thousands of people across the United States to get out and celebrate our trails on the first Saturday of June. This national event helps to remind us of the healthy benefits a little fresh air can offer.
National Trails Day also serves to point out that a beautiful trail network doesn’t just manifest out of thin air. The trails that we can sometimes take for granted required countless hours of planning and labor put forth by a coalition of dedicated enthusiasts. This Saturday think about getting a little dirt on your hands and taking part in any of the local trail repair, creation or maintenance projects in your area. You can also share this holiday by taking part in many other activities including walks, gear demos, bike rides, paddle trips, horse rides and kids programs.
And if you’re looking for some eco-friendly hiking gear to support your endeavours, you’ve come to the right place.
The North Face Venture Jacket
The Venture is no stranger to fame. Awarded the Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Award in 2011 as well as being named a Sustainability All Star by Apparel Magazine this lightweight, waterproof hard shell is made with HyVent R DT EC derived from natural Castor oil from beans, reducing its synthetic membrane components by 50%. It comes in a million different colors in both Men’s and Women’s styles.
Justin’s Organic Nut Butter Blend
Justin’s protein-rich snack is USDA certified organic and certified kosher. Naturally sweetened with honey with no added oils or sugars, Nut Butter is a delicious and healthy boost. The convenient squeeze packaging is perfect for sandwich or fruit application. But with flavors like Maple Almond and Honey Peanut you just might want to eat it straight out of the package. Check out our complete review!
Patagonia Drifter GORE-TEX R Hiking Shoe
This Outside Magazine Eco-All-Star has a 80% post consumer recycled polyurethane insole, EVA 20% recycled foot bed and a Vibram R 30% recycled rubber outsole. Whew, talk about a green resume! This hiking shoe is perfect for sloppy conditions thanks to its full-grain leather upper and GORE-TEX R membrane to keep you dry.
Dahlgren Ultra Light Alpaca Socks
Dahlgren Alpaca socks are domestically made with zones of merino wool, alpaca and Eco-Spun TM which is made from 100% post consumer polyester. These zones provide the perfect blend of cushion, temperature control and moisture release for a comfortable and dry day on the trails. Available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes.
This weekend head out the door and share an old favorite or a brand new trail with a friend or loved one. Happy National Trails Day everyone!