STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (July 12, 2019) – Big Agnes®, the award-wining manufacturer of tents, sleeping bags, pads, camp furniture and apparel, is pleased to introduce a comprehensive online trail guide for the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). The guide is the culmination of the brand’s, Border to Backyard Rally, a 740-mile staff thru-hike. It will live, and continue to grow, at BigAgnes.com/cdt.
In 2018, Big Agnes adopted 75 miles of the Continental Divide Trail near their headquarters in Steamboat Springs, Colo. To celebrate the adoption as well as the 40 anniversary of the CDT and the 50 Anniversary of the National Scenic Trails Act, Big Agnes organized an ambitious plan for its staff to complete the entire Colorado section of the trail. Over three months, 70 employees covered 740 miles by foot and bike.
The CDT Trail Guide is an accumulation of all the planning and experiences of last summer’s thru-hike. The online resource provides each section’s distances, total ascents and descents, highest points, starting and finishing points and water sources, along with other trail information. The guide also shares first-hand accounts of the terrain, personal stories, photos and other insider data that will help anyone looking to spend one or multiple nights on the trail.
“Living in Steamboat, we are incredibly fortunate to have the CDT directly in our backyard,” said Bill Gamber, cofounder and president of Big Agnes. “The trail inspires us in so many ways – from gear we develop to the outdoor activities our staff gets after. Whether for a day hike, an overnight, or a complete thru-hike, we hope this online resource makes the CDT more accessible to more people.”
Big Agnes recently debuted a short film, “Border to Backyard,” which documents the brand’s 740-mile hike from day one when fires sent them home to the final step over the Wyoming border. Find the film trailer on the online trail guide here.
“Big Agnes’ recent addition to the website not only provides critical information to the public about the CDT- it shares the beauty, joy, fun and excitement that a CDT adventure can provide,” said Teresa Martinez, executive director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. “Big Agnes sets the gold standard of what conservation-stewardship partnerships can look like and that they all start from our love of these places.”
About Big Agnes: Named for a peak in the nearby Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, Big Agnes®, Inc. is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads, tents and camp furniture. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com or call 1-877-554-8975.
Jordan Gover, Backbone Media