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Chaco – From Then Until Now

December 28, 2017 Leave your thoughts

In 1989 a whitewater rafting guide launched a sandal concept that was original, rugged and customizable. Mark Paigen had no idea how much he was going to effect a well-established industry. The rafting guide made the first Chaco Sandals in a facility in Paonia Colorado. Over the years, Chaco footwear has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for durability and comfort! Chaco does not ever rest when it comes to innovation and style. While the durability and comfort have only improved, the styles are never-ending. Providing something for everyone has become a standard at Chaco.   Chaco is also famous for its... View Article

Patagonia High Standards, High Goals, Fair Trade

December 22, 2017 Leave your thoughts

You may have purchased Patagonia because you wanted high-quality apparel. Or because you liked the style or look that Patagonia is famous for. Maybe it was because of how the garment functioned and met your needs perfectly. There is one more great reason to purchase Patagonia and that is – Fair Trade! Fair Trade is important in more ways than most folks understand. You should feel good when you make purchases on products sold under the Fair Trade Certification. You are making a statement with your purchase that says you care about people everywhere. You are getting a product in... View Article

When Is the Best Time of Year to Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains?

December 20, 2017 Leave your thoughts

For most outdoors enthusiasts, enjoying quiet and solitude represents the most rewarding aspect of hitting the trail. During the on-season, however, that peace and quiet can be hard to find! Some trails become quickly crowded when the weather is warm, meaning that hikers have to vie for space. Campsites can quickly become overrun with people and litter, making an otherwise-beautiful location less than desirable. Despite the cooler temperatures and more hostile trail conditions, many locals swear that the best time to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains is in the heart of the wintertime. Fewer crowds and more interesting views... View Article

Get Ready for Winter Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains

December 10, 2017 Leave your thoughts

It may seem like wintertime is the least desirable time of the year to partake in an outdoors adventure. Winter in the Great Smoky Mountains, however, can be an exceptionally enjoyable experience with proper planning and preparation! Because the trails are less congested, you are more likely to see active wildlife. Additionally, you are less likely to encounter fellow hikers—making the cooler season the ideal time to seek out peace and reflection. Ice, snow and soggy soil abound at higher elevations throughout the entirety of the cold season. Because the terrain is more challenging during the winter months, you should... View Article