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Big Agnes Sponsors Walk Off The War Thru-Hikes for Veterans

April 22, 2014 (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) – Big Agnes, a leading manufacturer of sleeping bags, pads and tents and exclusive distributor of Helinox camp furniture, announces it will sponsor Warrior Hike to support veterans who have recently returned from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “Walk Off the War” programming is designed to help veterans transition from military service by thru-hiking one of America’s National Scenic Trails including the Appalachian Trail (AT), the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

“Warrior Hike’s mission and commitment to the well being of veterans returning home is inspiring to us and we’re honored to be able to offer support,” says Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder and president. “Thru-hiking the AT, CDT or PCT is an impressive endeavor that requires courage, determination and humility. Our aim is to keep each veteran as comfortable as possible during their trip.”

During the six-month 2,000-plus mile journey along a National Scenic Trail, veterans have the opportunity to decompress from their military service and come to terms with their wartime experiences while learning to use the outdoors as an alternative form of therapy. Participating in the Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” Program allows veterans to experience their journey and the reintegration into society with the camaraderie of others who understand the challenges facing today’s veterans. Veterans will also have opportunities to meet with veteran organizations in the towns along their hiking routes, thereby gradually building a network of life-long friendships that will support their continued post-war healing.

“Hiking over 2,000 miles during the course of six months gives veterans a unique opportunity to decompress and gradually re-enter civilian life,” says Sean Gobin, Warrior Hike Executive. “The camaraderie and support that veterans experience on these trips is made possible by sponsors like Big Agnes and we thank them for the generous donations.”

Big Agnes will be supporting the expeditions by providing veterans with tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and trekking poles. The Walk Off the War participants hiking the CDT will be in Big Agnes’ hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado on July 4th, where the Big Agnes team is expected to give them a warm welcome.

For more information or to support Warrior Hike, please visit http://warriorhike.com/donate/

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 insulated apparel.  Big Agnes is the exclusive distributor of Helinox trekking poles and camp furniture in North and South America. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com or call 1-877-554-8975.