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Thru-hiking for Everybody


Ever dream of the summer when you can hike the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, or John Muir Trail? Aren’t sure how to go from dream to reality?
In this approachable take on distance hiking, celebrated thru-hiker Liz Thomas will share stories from her new book, the National Outdoor Book Award winning Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike. With real-life stories from dozens of trails including the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, Liz showcases expert tips by experienced hikers from all backgrounds.
Part-story-telling, part how-to, this talk includes topics such as: safety, hygiene, gear, nutrition, staying in good graces with family and friends on-and-off trail, and finding the time and money to hike for weeks or months. Attendees are invited for a Q&A afterward as well as a book signing with the author.


About Liz Thomas


Liz Thomas is among the most experienced hikers in the U.S. and is known for backpacking light, fast and solo. In 2011, she broke the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail, besting the previous record by almost a week. She’s the author of Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike, which won the National Outdoor Book Award calling it destined to become the “bible of the sport.”
Liz has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States on 20+ long distance hikes, including the pioneering traverse of the Chinook Trail across the Columbia River Gorge and the pioneering traverse of the Wasatch Range in Utah, which she did solo. Liz has also hiked the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the ~3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail.
Liz is honored to serve as Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and as an ambassador for American Hiking Society. When not hiking, Liz lives in Southern California and is a former staff writer for the Wirecutter, part of the New York Times.


Date: October 16th 2018


Time: 6:30pm


Presented by Liz Thomas


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store

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A Photo Journey of the Appalachian Trail


Join us as we head East this month when Montbell employee Michael “Marathon” Rosenberg shows photos and tells stories of his 2014 Appalachian Trail thru hike. The AT is one of the longest and oldest continuously marked footpaths in the world, spanning nearly 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine. Although Michael is certainly an ultralight enthusiast, his presentation will share his experiences and share his insights about the trail culture of the AT. If you’ve made the decision to thru-hike, but are wondering what to expect or what kinds of people you will meet on the trail, then please join us for September’s presentation.

About Michael


Michael hiked the Appalachian Trail northbound in 2014. In 2015, he hiked the Pacific Northwest Trail from East Glacier, Montana to the Pacific Ocean. In 2016, he built a bicycle frame and rode it from Portland, Oregon to Portland Maine. He has a goal of running marathons in all 50 states. His trail name comes from the fact that he used one of his zero days on the trail to run a half marathon.

Date: September 28th 2018


Time: 6:00pm


Presented by Michael Rosenberg


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store
Ultralight Backpacking 101

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Ultralight Backpacking 101


Join us for an evening with Montbell Portland employee Alan Long as he shares some slides about his most recent ultralight trips into Washington, the Wonderland Trail, Saint Helen's Dumbell Loop and the Timberline Trail in Oregon. Alan will also be bringing his backpack in packed, unpack it to show us what is inside, and then repack it to show you his techniques for ultralight multi-day trips. If you are interested in ultralight or considering ways to shed some ounces from your current setup, Alan’s talk will be very “enlightening.”

About Alan


Alan is originally from California. Living in close proximity to Joshua Tree gave him an early love for nature and also climbing. After graduating from university, he made the move out to Portland and start working at Montbell Portland in December ’17. In addition to helping out customers with the outdoor questions, Alan is also the artist behind our event chalkboards. When Alan isn’t out on ultralight trips or road trips to far off destinations, like Steens Mountain , he is super focused on improving time and energy into rock climbing. Alan is currently considering a possible 2019 attempt of the PCT and is using his recent trips as preparation for the endeavor.

Date: August 31st 2018


Time: 6:30pm


Presented by Alan Long


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store
Trekking the Camino de Santiago

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Trekking the Camino de Santiago


Join us for an evening with Heather Knight as she shares her experiences on the Camino de Santiago (Frances and Portuguese Routes). Heather will share information on how to plan your pilgrimage, what to pack and how to get the most out of your walk. For anyone who has an interest in walking a pilgrimage route, has done a pilgrimage or just wants to hear a great presentation on travel, then this talk is not to be missed!

About Heather


Heather lives in Portland and is a dedicated outdoor enthusiast and gear-head(don't ask about her backpack or hammock collection, it's embarrassing). She first walked the Camino Frances in 2010, served as a hospitalera at a pilgrim's hostel in Santo Domingo de la Calzada in 2011 and walked the Camino Portuguese from Porto in 2012. Her next Camino will most likely be the Northern Route. She has trekked in Nepal along the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley and currently has her sights set on hiking the Kumano Kodo in Japan to become a “dual pilgrim.”

Date: July 27th 2018


Time: 6:00pm


Presented by Heather Knight


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store
Circling Cascade Volcanoes

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Circling Cascade Volcanoes


Join Mont-bell ambassador Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa as he tells his tales of circling 4 cascade volcanoes; Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adam's and Mt Rainier. Allgood will share route information, trip details, planning aids, pictures and tales from the trails in this informative talk. Whitney will cover the 39 mile Timberline Trail, the 32 mil Loowit Trail, the 38.5 mile Round the Mountain Trail and the 97 mile Wonderland Trail. If you were planning a hiking trip this summer in the Pacific Northwest, this talk is not to be missed!

About Whitney


Whitney has hiked over 6,000 miles with his K-9 companions over the years. After finding a dog on the Appalachian Trail in 1996 his life was forever changed. Whitney and his first dog Erwin (named for the trail town Erwin, TN) worked on the Appalachian Trail in the 1990’s as Ridge Runners after their thru-hike, where they provided education and support to a variety of trail users. Whitney has hiked many long trails in the US but is most proud of his recent pioneering first thru-hike of the Chinook Trail, a 293 mile route through the Columbia River Gorge in WA&OR.

Date: June 22nd 2018


Time: 6:00pm


Presented by Whitney “Allgood” La Ruffa


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store

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2018 Hike Your Own PCT Hike Program


Want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail on your own terms? Join PCT: Oregon guidebook author Eli Boschetto for an info-packed session of trail and planning tips to help you tailor a PCT hike of your own.
For more information, visit PCToregon.com.

Program Description


This year, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trail Systems Act and the Pacific Crest Trail with a PCT hike of your own—on your own terms. Eli Boschetto, author of Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon, breaks down the Oregon portion of the PCT into easily-accessible sections that can be hiked in as little as a few days, to longer portions of a week or more—all at your own pace.

If you’re new to long-distance hiking, Eli will also be sharing tips for choosing the right gear, food management on trail and in camp (including resupply strategies), trail safety and PCT hiking best practices. The program includes an update on the condition of the PCT in Oregon following the devastating fires of 2017, and what hikers should expect on trail in 2018.

If hiking a portion of the PCT is on your to-do list this year, this is a must-attend event. Plus, all attendees can enter for an awesome Montbell gear giveaway!

About Eli Boschetto


Portland-based Eli Boschetto is a seasoned hiker, trail writer, photographer and outdoor gear reviewer. He has performed as a Northwest trail correspondent for Backpacker and is a former editor of Washington Trails. Currently, Eli manages the website PCT: Oregon, serves as a Granite Gear Grounds Keeper and is an ambassador for National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map program. He is also developing two new Mountaineers Books hiking guides for the Portland area, Urban Trails: Portland (coming 2018) and Day Hiking: Mount Hood (coming 2020).

Date: APR 19th 2018


Time: 6:30pm


Presented by Eli Boschetto


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store

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Explore the Oregon Desert Trail


Do you need inspiration for that next backpacking trip? Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association for an introduction to the long distance routes you've never heard of: the Oregon Desert Trail.
This 750 mile adventure traverses stunning public lands in the high desert like the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands through a mixture of cross country travel, trail and two-track roads.
ODT thru-hiker Shane Von Schlemp will share stories from the trail, including his favorite sections to day hike or backpack. Then, ONDA's outreach coordinator will speak about recent updates to trail resources and how hiking can connect you with public lands across our state!

For questions, contact Corinne Handelman (corinne@onda.org or at 503-703-1006)

DATE:Sep 21st 2017


TIME: 6:30PM-8PM


Doors open at 6:30PM with the talk starting at 7 p.m. No RSVP is necessary.

PRESENTED BY ONDA


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon



Thinking about hiking some—or all—of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon this summer? Join Eli Boschetto, author of the new guidebook, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon, for an evening of inspiring imagery and helpful information to assist you in planning your own PCT adventure. Eli breaks down the state's 455 miles of trail into manageable sections—each with stunning routes that can be hiked in a long weekend, a week or more. Details include trail accessibility, choosing campsites, finding water and obtaining the right permits for hiking from the rolling grasslands of the Soda Mountain Wilderness to the volcanic plains of the Central Cascades to the doorstep of Oregon's tallest peak, Mount Hood. Bring your questions and your appetite for adventure! For more information, visit PCToregon.com.

DATE:June 21st 2017


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Eli Boschetto


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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CDT Thru-Hike 147 day along America's Great Divide


On April 18, 2016, Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa set off from Crazy Cook Monument and walked north to the US/Canadian border along the length of the CDT in 147 days. Allgood who has spent a better part of the past 20 years long distance hiking will share his tales from the trail, stunning photos and tips for those thinking of tackling the CDT. Join us for a fun evening to learn more about the CDT and the landscape and communities it passes through.

DATE:Apr 20th 2017


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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Slow-boating the Pacific Northwest Trail


Seeking in-your-face nature and heart-pounding views, this husband and wife team gave up their Triple Crowns to tramp against the grain of the rugged, mountain-to-sea route of the Pacific Northwest Trail.

DATE:Mar 29th 2017


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Eric and Suzanne Wollborg (Panorama & Xana)


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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100 Miles of Magic


Wilderness expert Erik Soltan of Get Out Backpacking will present three routes…Wallowas, North Cascades and Olympic Mountains… All around 100 miles, to showcase some of the most distinct and diverse mountain ranges in the Pacific Northwest!

BIOGRAPHY


Erik Soltan started Get Out Backpacking to share his love of ultra-light backpacking and to help others experience the incredible beauty and freedom of the outdoors.
He's backpacked in the Pacific Northwest and the Sierras for over 15 years, and holds a certificate in Outdoor Education. He is also a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) alumna, and received a leadership degree from the Wilderness Education Association. He leads trips and teaches outdoor classes for Get Out Backpacking and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

DATE:Sep 15th 2016


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Erik Soltan


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY 101


Jason's unique knowledge of landscape photography techniques in tandem with his outdoor experience will enable you to learn how to improve your photography by using natural light with a minimal amount of gear in order to avoid making “the same old photo from the same old vantage point." In addition to technical information, which will emphasize proper exposure, composition, and using minimal filtration, you will learn how to choose subject matter in order to improve your creative vision. Whether you have a particular issue, are stuck in a creative rut, or wanting to learn more about outdoor photography, attending this class will get you on the way to making better photographs!

BIOGRAPHY


Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder is a Portland based professional photographer and an Oregon licensed guide who teaches photography at some of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific Northwest. During his career, Jason has created a wide-range of photography, which includes working as a Lord of the Rings film photographer & editor,
a test photographer for Leica, and using a camera to document his 5-month hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in 2005. The style of Jason's work is often depicted by the careful placement of colors, use of dramatic natural lighting, and an order of balance that defines a unique sense of composition.
Jason earned a B.F.A. degree in photography from Old Dominion University and is the Event Director of "Pacific Crest Trail Days", a member of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West, and the Oregon Nordic Club.
You may view his work or obtain his contact info by visiting http://oviewfinder.com/.

DATE:May 19th 2016


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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Backpacking Light vs. Ultra-Light


Backpackers today have more choices than ever when it comes to equipment and recreational opportunities. Rather than focusing exclusively on jaw-droppingly light set-ups, we’ll identify backpacking styles used by record-breakers and weekend warriors alike.
Focusing on the “Big 3,” we’ll take a look at the full spectrum of UL and lightweight equipment. Last, we’ll explore the relationship between and the gear on our backs and the quality of our outdoor experiences.

DATE:Mar 24th 2016


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Eric "Panorama" Wollborg


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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AVALANCHE AWARENESS 101


Snow avalanche accidents can and do happen at any time. All that’s needed is suitably steep terrain, unstable snow structure and something to tip the balance……That may be you!
This presentation is a must-see for skiers, climbers, snowboarders, snowshoes and others who venture out on the snow. Find out how terrain, snow cover, weather and the human factor all contribute to avalanche dangers. Also learn what clues to look for, gear to take, routes to follow and what to do if you or a companion are caught in an avalanche.

biography


ROLAND V. EMETAZ, aka “Mr. EM” is a retired Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region. After devoting his long enjoyable career advocating outdoor safety, quality customer service and teamwork, Mr. EM continues as a volunteer teaching those lessons. He represents the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center in avalanche awareness programs he presents to various audiences. At other times he is on assignment with the Central Washington All Hazards Incident Management Team (one of 54 in the Nation) managing incidents as diverse as wildfires and hurricanes from the Artic Circle to the Gulf Coast.

DATE:Feb 16th 2016


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY ROLAND V. EMETAZ


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

In-Store Exclusive Holiday Special Save on our layer combos!!


(12/11-)


We have carefully selected some of our favorite winter tops for this holiday season. Check out this amazing deal at our Portland store!

Men's: $99.99, $159.99 [S/M/L/XL]


Women's: $99.99, $149.99 [S/M/L]

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Cordillera Blanca Traverse: Thru Hiking the Jewel of the Peruvian Andes


Synopsis: In the summer of 2014, Australian adventurer Cam "Swami" Honan completed a solo traverse of Peru's Cordillera Blanca, one of the world's highest and most beautiful mountain ranges. Join him as he recounts tales from his 252 mile journey discussing the unforgettable landscapes, challenges and memorable characters he encountered along the way.

DATE:Jan 29th 2016


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Cam "Swami" Honan


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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Ultra-light Backpacking Clinic


Are you struggling up the trail under a heavy pack?
Still carrying your old gear from the 90's?
Do your knees hurt after a day on trail with a heavy pack?
Do you want to become an Ultra-Light Backpacker, but don't know where to begin?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then this clinic is perfect for you.
Cam "Swami" Honan of The Hiking Life and Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa of Allgood's K-9 Adventures will be leading a discussion of Ultra-Light backpacking philosophies, gear and techniques to help you get out on trail with less weight on your back. The two will each go through their packs to show exactly what they carry on trail to stay safe and comfortable but not be burdened with extra weight.
Swami and Allgood are both Montbell athletes, passionate long distance hikers, and have been using Ultra Light gear since it first came to market in the late 90's.

DATE:Jan 28th 2016


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY "Allgood" LaRuffa & Cam"Swami" Honan


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

Spend $100 and earn a free coffee at Nossa Familia Coffee Roasters!


(12/11-12/31)


*Offer good for Montbell Club Members, in-store promotion only.

Nossa Familia is a local, artisan coffee roaster. They roast coffee daily and serve at their Espresso Bar on-site.

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AVALANCHE AWARENESS 101


Snow avalanche accidents can and do happen at any time. All that’s needed is suitably steep terrain, unstable snow structure and something to tip the balance……That may be you!
This presentation is a must-see for skiers, climbers, snowboarders, snowshoes and others who venture out on the snow. Find out how terrain, snow cover, weather and the human factor all contribute to avalanche dangers. Also learn what clues to look for, gear to take, routes to follow and what to do if you or a companion are caught in an avalanche.

biography


ROLAND V. EMETAZ, aka “Mr. EM” is a retired Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region. After devoting his long enjoyable career advocating outdoor safety, quality customer service and teamwork, Mr. EM continues as a volunteer teaching those lessons. He represents the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center in avalanche awareness programs he presents to various audiences. At other times he is on assignment with the Central Washington All Hazards Incident Management Team (one of 54 in the Nation) managing incidents as diverse as wildfires and hurricanes from the Artic Circle to the Gulf Coast.

DATE:Dec 10th 2015


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY ROLAND V. EMETAZ


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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Book signing for: “Married to the Trail: Hiking the Continental Divide Trail”


Married to the Trail is travel narrative that tells the story of the author's 133-day solo hike along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). It blends the scenic beauty of nature with an honest narrative of being a woman out there on the trail. The route leaves the Mexico border and threads its way north through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. It walks through some of the most exceptional land of our country, and yet few wander its entirety. At twenty-seven and as a solo female, Mary yearned to be one of those few. It's a demanding trail, one marked by weather extremes like heavy snowpack, flooded rivers, and thirty-mile waterless gaps, as well as prolonged solitude and navigational challenges that require adept map and compass skills, or sheer luck.

DATE:Dec 5th 2015


TIME: 10:00AM


PRESENTED BY Mary “Speedstick” Moynihan


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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"Sierra High Route Hike"



Steve Roper's classic Sierra High Route is a roughly 200 mile cross country route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The route consists of class 3-4 scrambles, off trail navigation and over 33 high passes. In the summer of 2015 Mont-bell athletes Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa and Liz "Snorkel" Thomas along with a group of 3 other friends set out to thru-hike Roper's route. Join Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa as he shares jaw dropping photos and many funny tales of their journey this summer.

DATE:Nov 12th 2015


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Whitney "Allgood" La Ruffa


CONTACT: Montbell Portland Store

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"Oregon Desert Trail"



In the spring of 2014, long distance hiker Shane Von Schlemp became one of first persons to thru-hike the new Oregon Desert Trail. Join him as he recounts tales from the 800 mile journey, over rugged mountains, through red-rock canyons and across rolling sagebrush plains, while experiencing unparalleled solitude and adventure in the Oregon high desert.

DATE: NOV 5TH, 2015


TIME: 7:00PM


PRESENTED BY Shane Von Schlemp


CONTACT:Montbell Portland Store

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“Women’s Long Distance Backpacking: Tips and Tricks”

Have questions about hiking in the woods that don’t apply to your guy friends? Need answers? Whether you are just getting into backpacking or are a seasoned veteran looking to hike a long trail like the Timberline Trail, Wonderland Trail, or Pacific Crest Trail, learn from Montbell athlete Liz Thomas the how-to’s of enjoying being a woman in the woods. We’ll cover picking appropriate gear, hygiene, going solo, safety, nutrition, and trip planning. Come with your questions, stories, and best girlfriends and enjoy a night of good conversation and discussion that will empower you on your next outdoor journey.

Date: Oct 22nd, 2015


Time: 7:00pm


Presented by Liz Thomas


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store

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A journey along the Pacific Crest Trail


Come experience the beauty of the PCT, and learn what it takes to 2,660 mile thru-hike from Mexico to Canada.

Date: Dec 17th 2014


Time: 7:00pm


Presented by Dave Phipps


Contact:

Montbell Portland Store