Big Agnes Donates $30,000 to the Continental Divide Trail Coalition
January 21, 2019
Company provides financial support to non-profit for trail reroute and maintenance
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 21, 2019) – Big Agnes®, the award-winning manufacturer of tents, sleeping bags, pads, apparel and outdoor furniture, announced today it will donate $30,000 to the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC), the nonprofit group that helps to promote and protect the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
“One of our fundamental goals is to get people out hiking trails, camping and exploring public lands,” said Garett Mariano, marketing director at Big Agnes. “The Continental Divide Trail Coalition operates with a similar mission, and our hope is that we can enable them to continue their important work in preserving the trail.”
Big Agnes implemented several initiatives in 2018 to raise money and to drive awareness for the CDT and the CDTC, including creating a collection of CDT-inspired sleeping bags, adopting a 75-mile stretch of the trail and raising funds at industry parties during Outdoor Retailer trade shows.
Staff from Big Agnes and sister companies Honey Stinger and BAP also completed a hike across Colorado on the CDT in 2018. The companies will publish trail information gathered during the 740-mile hike to aid others in planning hikes and completing the trail.
“The Continental Divide Trail Coalition is proud of our collaborative partnership with Big Agnes,” said Teresa Martinez, executive director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. “Through our relationship with Big Agnes, we have been able to increase awareness about the CDT and the challenges we face in completing this amazing resource and share stories of how best to experience the trail that doesn’t mean only, thru-hiking it. And as much as we are incredibly grateful for the financial support Big Agnes has provided, we are even more excited that as a company and community they have rolled up their sleeves and adopted a section of the CDT in Northern Colorado. We’re excited to see where our partnership will take us in the future.”
More than $25,000 of the total donation came from sales of the 1101 Collection of sleeping bags sold in 2018. The collection, featuring 80 percent recycled PrimaLoft® insulation, was inspired by the rugged, scenic and iconic CDT. The 1101 trail is part of the CDT that winds through the mountains above Steamboat Springs – home to Big Agnes.
The funds will help the CDTC reroute a 14-mile section of the CDT from roadway to single-track along Highways 14 and 40 near Rabbits Ears Pass, Colorado.
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 camp furniture. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com or call 1-877-554-8975.