Gear to Grow is “Calling All Poles” Across the U.S.

Non-profit program Gear to Grow is “Calling All Poles” - a campaign aimed to collect gently used or surplus poles from retailers, manufacturers, and the general public.

SALT LAKE CITY – Non-profit program Gear to Grow is “Calling All Poles” - a campaign aimed to collect gently used or surplus poles from retailers, manufacturers, and the general public. Launching Oct. 3, the campaign seeks to outfit more than 70 of Gear to Grow’s beneficiary groups across the country with full tent sets.

After recently receiving a generous donation of tents that did not include poles, Gear to Grow reached out to retailers across the country to serve as official collection sites for the “Calling All Poles” tent pole drive. Those interested in donating may drop off poles at participating retail locations, ship poles directly to the Gear to Grow warehouse, or provide a monetary donation of $10 securely through Gear to Grow’s web site that will be used to purchase new pole sets.

“With this generous donation comes a great opportunity for our program and our beneficiary groups,” said JT VonLunen, co-founder of Gear to Grow. “Through this campaign, not only will we be recycling and reusing tent poles, we’ll help give people the resources to get outdoors.”

The “Calling All Poles” campaign will be open for 60 days. Gear to Grow requests pole sets that are either 13' 6’’ long or between 11.5 and 12 feet. For more information on participating retail locations, please visit or find Gear to Grow on Facebook at To ship directly to Gear to Grow, please send shipping inquiries to

At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, 2011, Invista's Cordura brand team hosted the Gear to Grow donation drive, which fetched more than 400 items. Gear to Grow received donations from several of its long-standing donors including CamelBak, who donated 18 hydration backpacks and Cascade Designs, who donated three large boxes full of camping stoves, dry bags, water bladders and Therm-a-Rest pads. Other donations included more than $15,000 worth of men’s, women’s and kid’s apparel from Icebreaker, 28 coolers from Igloo, and one large box of women’s apparel from Carve Designs. Gear to Grow also received generous donations from Mountain Hardwear, Go Pro, Green Supply, Vivobarefoot, Timberland, Danner, GU, Probar, Bamboo Bottle Company, Nathan Performance Gear, Stanley, Great Neck, Fox River, Asana Climbing, LittleLife, Sperry Top-sider, Contour, Zippo, Coast™, and Granite Gear.

About Gear to Grow

The Gear to Grow program allows outdoor retailers and manufacturers to make tax-deductible gear donations for the benefit of getting more people involved in outdoor recreation. Simply put, Gear to Grow brokers gear between the donors and non-profit organizations whose primary missions entails getting people involved in outdoor activities. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Gear to Grow program is a project of the Pacific Mountain Institute, a 501(c) 3 non-profit. The Gear to Grow program began in December 2009 and now serves more than 70 outdoor non-profit groups throughout the United States since.


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