Big Agnes/Honey Stinger employees complete 740-mile section of Continental Divide Trail
September 15, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It took 14 weeks, but the employees at Steamboat Springs-based Big Agnes, Honey Stinger and BAP have completed their 14-week staff meeting on the Colorado section of the Continental Divide Trail.
"Through all of it, what's incredible is no one got hurt," Big Agnes Marketing Director Garett Mariano said. "Not even one twisted ankle. There might have been some tears shed along the way from some long, hard days."
The employees hiked and biked the 740-mile section of the trail in relay fashion. They started at the New Mexico border and were almost immediately stopped when the San Juan National Forest was closed because of wildfires.
The resumed two and a half weeks later and went back later to hike the San Juan sections.
The hike concluded Thursday morning.
"It was great," Mariano said. "We didn't know what we would see at the border. The through hikers had stacked up quartz to form a border."
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On Thursday night, about 30 people camped and celebrated the accomplishment at Seedhouse Campground.
The hike coincided with Big Agnes adopting a 75-mile section of the Continental Divide Trail that runs through Routt County.
During the hike, they picked up trash, redirected water, attached trail markers to trees and took notes on parts of the trail that needed to be fixed.
They are working to get 14 miles of the trail off pavement.
"Next year it will literally be us pushing dirt, cleaning up trails and cleaning up the 75 miles that we adopted," Mariano said.
The hike was the brainchild of company co-owner Bill Gamber, and there is talk of another adventure next year.
"He wants his employees to walk the walk," Mariano said. "The hike really took a lot of our focus and energy, and now that it's officially wrapped we can get our heads around other things. There was some talk about what Gamber's wild idea for 2019 is."