We Hiked (for) the Long Trail.
Starting on June 6th, 2022, in honor of National Trails Day, Outdoor Gear Exchange embarked on a fundraiser for the Green Mountain Club in the form of an end-to-end relay hike of the entire length of the Long Trail.
Supported by OGE and several of our favorite brands, the hike raised funds through public donations and an afterparty auction of lightly-used gear from the hike itself. GMC will use these funds to continue its care and stewardship of the Long Trail. We were thrilled to be able to help the Green Mountain Club accomplish their mission to "make the Vermont mountains play a larger part in the life of the people."
Thanks to Everyone Who Donated!
Starting at the southern Vermont border on Monday, June 6th, we’ll head northbound. Over the course of the following weeks, small teams of OGE staff will spend a few days on the trail at a time, relaying a flag to the next group.
Along the way, we'll be joined on our hike by conservation and inclusivity-focused community partners, giving us an opportunity to highlight and amplify their efforts in the outdoor space.
As the protectors and maintainers of the Long Trail since its inception, the Green Mountain Club's tireless efforts are what we have to thank for creating a world-class hiking trail system right in our backyard. As trail use has continued to rise over the years, the GMC's continued care and stewardship is more
important than ever to keep the Long Trail healthy.
Not only do we hope that this relay will raise awareness for the excellent work that the GMC does to preserve Vermont's natural spaces, we hope it'll raise funds too—$25,000: enough for a full month of trail work.
Thank you to all who made a donation to the GMC before and during the relay! Here's the list of OGE rewards that were given based on donation levels:
Level 1: $25 Donation
- An OGE coupon for 20% off one full-price item*
- OGE stickers and an embroidered patch of the OGE Long Trail Relay logo
- 1 raffle entry for a piece of gear from one of our brand sponsors
Level 2: $50 Donation
- Everything in Level 1
- From GMC: 1 year of GMC membership and benefits
- 2 raffle entries for a piece of gear from one of our brand sponsors
Level 3: $100 Donation
- Everything in Level 2
- An OGE Long Trail Relay commemorative t-shirt
- 5 raffle entries for a piece of gear from one of our brand sponsors—for every $25 you donate over $100, you'll get an extra raffle entry
A Brief History of the Longest Trail in Vermont
Completed in 1930, Vermont's Long Trail is the oldest connected long-distance hiking trail in the United States. It spans the entire length of Vermont’s scenic and rugged landscape along the spine of the Green Mountains—from Massachusetts to Quebec—for a total of 272 miles. As the first of its kind, this historic footpath became the model for the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails.
The Long Trail—also known as the "LT"— was built by the Green Mountain Club (GMC) starting 112 years ago, and is steadfastly maintained and protected by the same club to this day. Classic overachievers, GMC has since expanded its stewardship to the Appalachian Trail in Vermont as well as many more trails in the Northeast Kingdom. Their continuous, hard work year after year results in the incredible, well-maintained trail network we all get to enjoy.
Although we think of it as being old in relative terms, the Long Trail spans a vast portion of the N’dakinna (nn-da-kin-na—“our land”), the traditional and unceded homeland of the Abenaki people for nearly 13,000 years. Long before this land was used for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, it was—and still is—used by the Abenaki for outdoor activities including shinny, Psôn Skoks or “snow snake”, as well as harvesting maple sap to make Mkwakbaga—“red water”—known by many as maple syrup.
We acknowledge with respect, honor, and gratitude this land and the Abenaki who have stewarded Wabanahkik (Land of the Dawn) for generations. We pledge to always walk graciously through this territory and contribute what we can to its stewardship.
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