The GEAR AND GO TOUR will stop at 20 unique retail stores across the country. Each event will inspire you with an informative skills clinic (PLAN IT), an
inspirational interview with a BACKPACKER contributor or brand-sponsored athlete (DREAM IT), and a highlight of local trail beta (DO IT).
Meet Backpacker’s Gear and Go Ambassadors:
Justin and Patrice La Vigne
Justin and Patrice's life together has always been fueled by their love for the outdoors. Justin has a background in parks and recreation and Patrice in writing, but their off time has included a number of adventures. They have explored 30 National Parks, hiked to 28 of the U.S. high peaks, hiked 175 miles of the Long Trail and their biggest accomplishment was their thru hike of the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in 141 days 2011. They managed a hiker hostel owned by the Appalachian Trail Center for 14 months following their thru hike. Besides hiking and backpacking, they love kayaking, biking, climbing, XC skiing and snowshoeing. Follow them as they hit the road and spread the good word of the outdoors with Backpacker!