Our partners who are a part of the LHX2017 trip are working hard to get ready for thier adventure as well as provide you the outdoor community at large some amazing offers on new gear while helping Gear Forward in the process. Check out these offers from these amazing brands!
Here is a list of all of the great deals:
In addition to these deals LHX crew member Hiker Steve will be donating $0.25 for every “Summit Selfie” that is submitted to his site from now until April. How simple is this? You probably take tons of pics everyday! Send one to Steve and help Gear Forward at the same time. Want more of an incentive to send Steve your pic? Several people have offered to match his donation to Gear Forward if he reachs $100.00. If you send a pic to Steve you also will be entered into a contest to win a hammock package.
To learn more visit Hiker Steve’s website.
Another great offer is from our Board Member Mr. Adam Nutting aka HikingTheTrail. Adam will be donating $5 out of his own pocket every time that someone uses the LHX2017 discount code to purchase gear on the Teton Sports website. Talk about a win, win! You purchase some amazing gear from Teton Sports at a discount and Gear Forward gets funds to help us equip our next generation out outdoor adventurers. Shop Teton Gear Now!
Thanks for all your support!
Growing up in Scouts we had plenty of time to go camping, but in Tiger Cubs we did not do a lot of camping as a group. We might have gone on a couple overnights but I do not think there were many. We did use it for “Cub Weekend” at Camp Geiger our local Boy Scout camp for one night.
I remember the first tent my parents purchased for the family. It was a normal family tent. It was grey in color had windows that you could unzip and we mostly pitched it in the backyard for “camping”. I am sure my first campout ended up with everyone back in the basement before the sun came up the next morning.
That tent was a spaceship, a fort, a jail, just a tent on occasion, and so many other fantastic things the imagination of a 6 year old could dream up. To this day when I smell that musty dusty old tent smell I am instantly transported back to my parents back yard to that tent.
As the years progressed I continued to camp and use either the Troop’s tents or we had switched to smaller two or three person tents for scout outings. Without my first tent I would not have fell in love with listening to the crickets chirp on a muggy hot Missouri nights, falling asleep to the locusts (cicadas) buzzing, and telling stories around the campfire.
Adam is the owner of Hiking The Trail, Co-Founder of Epic Social Adventures and a Member of the Board of Directors of Gear Forward.
Gear Forward is proud to annouce a new partnership with UST - Ultimate Survival Technologies and is humbled to recently have recieved a large cache of outdoor items that will be soon donated to youth in need. We are truly grateful for the continued support of the outdoor community, retailers and manufacturers like UST who give to help those in need. UST donated the following items to Gear Forward in the past week:
5 UST All Weather Tarps
12 Survival Reflect Tents
12 PackWare Mess Kits
12 Watertight First Aid Kits
20 UST WayPoint Compasses
60 Splash Flash Lights
60 Emergency Ponchos
We are very thankful for these items, as they are the first of thier kind to be donated to Gear Forward and will be put to good use by the youngsters who recieve them.
Just a little over a year ago the Gear Forward was just a concept, without a name, a online presence or a Facebook page. A year later, with your support we have made a huge impact in the lives of the youngsters we have donated outdoor items to.
While we may have not met every goal we set out over the course of our first year, we are still fullfilling every need that is presented to us via the relationships we have and the new relationships we are making every day in the outdoor community. 2016 was a proof of concept that Gear Forward is needed and works. Today, because of generous donations and out network kids who didn't have the resources to get outdoors now do. This what keeps us at Gear Forward going, simply making a difference in the lives of those that want to get outside.
In 2016 (our first year of operation) Gear Forward Recieved and Donated:
22 Sleeping Bags
In 2016 (our first year of operation) Gear Forward Recieved:
24 Hiking Sticks
5 UST All Weather Tarps
12 Survival Reflect Tents
12 PackWare Mess Kits
12 Watertight First Aid Kits
20 UST WayPoint Compasses
60 Splash Flights
60 Emergency Ponchos
In 2016 (our first year of operation) Gear Forward made donations to or recieved (gear of fianancial donations) from 16 states.
Gear Forward would not have been able to accomplish the above with the outdoor community at large who donates a singular piece of gear at a time or the retailers or manufacturers who offer up additional gear in times of great need. In addtion to these groups there are some amazing people and organazations that need to be recognized for their continued support, guidance and hard work on behalf of Gear Forward in 2016.
A huge and humble thank you to:
Mr. Adam Nutting - Gear Forward Board Member / Hikingthetrail.com
Mr. Brian Ford - Gear Forward Board Member / Hikebyfaith.com
Mr. Shawn Parry and Teton Sports
The LHX2017 Crew
Brush Mountain Outdoors
The Backpacker TV
Finally, a huge thank you to my wife and family for supporting me in this endeavor to give back and execute my adult Eage Project.
Thanks for an amazing year, Happy New Year and see you in 2017!
In an effort to ensure that Gear Forward meets our goal of accepting donations from or providing donations to all fifty states by the end of 2016 and stock our shelves for the rush of donations requests we anticipate in early 2017 we have created the Gear Forward Giving Tree. Our giving tree program is all about providing a multitude of options for people to donate to Gear Forward and help support youth in need around the country who desire to be outside.
So, how can you help? Our traditional methods of assistance still apply, so if you have a sleeping bag, tent or backpack that is still in good and usable condition we will be happy to accept it by simply filling out the form here.
Another option for donating to Gear Forward while out and about this season is to simply pick up a gift card to an outdoor retailer or even a department store that sells outdoor gear items. If you purchase a gift card please contact us to let us to arrange for shipping. The gift card will be utilized to purchase gear to then be shipped to youth in need who are a part of an outdoor themed organization.
The Gear Forward Giving Tree allows people who wish to directly impact youth in need two ways to donate. You can financially donate an amount to allow Gear Forward to purchase a new sleeping bag, tent or backpack to help youth in need or purchase a piece of gear for donation while out and about shopping.
If you wish to help Gear Forward financially to purchase gear:
Tent - $100.00
Sleeping Bag - $30.00
Backpack - $60.00
To donate to Gear Forward as part of our Giving Tree Program click here.
If you have purchased new gear to donate to Gear Forward please fill out the form to donate the new gear.
Watch the Gear Forward website and Facebook page to monitor our progress.
Thank you for your continued support!
Less then a month ago, we announced the goal to reach donations from or to all fifty states in the United States prior to our first anniversary at the end of the calendar year. Since the announcement, our partner Hike By Faith who is spearheading the #LHX2017 event in April 2017 to support Gear Forward has broadened Gear Forward's reach into Canada.
We are happy to annouce that while we are still striving to reach our fifty state goal we are now also working with our Canadian partners from #LHX2017 to support worthy organizations who are in need of outdoor gear to assist in getting at-risk youth in need, outdoors.
Our first organization that we are hoping to support in Canada is the Take a Hike Youth At-Risk Foundation. The following is the present need identified by the foundation:
20 Backpacks of at least 65 litres in size.
20 Down or Quality Sync Sleeping Bags of at least 0 Degrees, long length is preferred.
22 Sleeping Pads
In order to keep costs ofshipping down, we are looking specifically for donations from Canada to assist this foundation. Please let us know if you would like to assist Gear Forward in outfitting the Take a Hike Youth At-Risk Foundation in Canada.
What does #LHX2017 stand for? Good question. It stands for Laurel Highlands Experience 2017.
When: April 23-29, 2017
Where: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, Pennsylvania
What is it: A five day backpacking trip beginning on the north end of the trail and ending at Ohiopyle, the south end.
Distance: Seventy Miles
We are bringing a diverse team from all over the U.S. and Canada from the outdoor community known for their social media interaction to connect in person on the trail sharing our experiences, skills, and ideas to inspire others to get outside, connect with nature, and connect with others.
Through this event it is our goal to encourage people to donate gear to Gear Forward to help equip the next generation for adventure. Each team member is giving back in their own way as well as reaching out to collect donated gear.
Do you have a tent or sleeping bags in storage not being used? Will you consider helping us by donating your unused or new gear?
Do you know an non-profit organization, Scout Troop, or faith-based organization that is in need of camping gear for their programs? Then we want to know who the are, where they are located and what they need.
Each member has been hand picked for their various outdoor skills, but the main reason…they all have a desire to giveback and pay it forward.
In the months to come leading up to #LHX2017 we’ll post updates here on our website. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter
The #LHX2017 Team
Hiking the Trail
Epic Social Adventures
Off The Face
Hikes Across America
As a Executive Director of Gear Forward I get the privilege to work with some amazing, selfless and unbelievably giving people around the country. These people come from all walks of life, from all around the country and give of their time, talent and energy for the betterment of our youth in need. I wanted to take a moment to thank those who have taken time over the course of the past nine months to bring Gear Forward to the very positive posture it is presently in. Without these existing friends, newly made friends and colleagues Gear Forward would not be a present and a continuing reality.
Cold calling concerning a new idea and explaining that we (Gear Forward) are simply here to help and we want nothing in return can be quite the trick. Every person at a Boy Scout Council office we have called has been extremely receptive, thankful, honest and open to our concept and idea and I thank them for that.
The support of our partners who help spread the word about Gear Forward through their online presences are a vital life line to the outdoor community at large, as Gear Forward is truly a labor of love and dependent on this link.
Our partner retailers and manufacturers of outdoor gear who continually give of themselves, their time, staff and products in the face of themselves needing to stay afloat is continually appreciated by Gear Forward.
And finally you, the outdoor community who cares so much about the youth in need, the environment in which we are leaving them and the understanding of the need for new stewards of that environment, we thank you for your continued support.
Nine quick months have transpired of Gear Forward being in existence, since then our community and reach has grow from coast to coast. I wanted to detail who has benefited from your donations over the past many months and who our continued focus will be. Gear Forward is aimed at providing outdoor gear to youth, but we are keening focused on ensuring that the donations get to the most needy of youth. Here are just a few examples of the youth in need that have been or will be recipients soon of outdoor gear donated by Gear Forward:
These are just a few examples of the donations we have been a part of over the past few months. Many of the people who donate a piece of their unneeded or unused gear don't care to know where it ends up, just as long as it ends up in the hands of youth who needs it. We honor that trust and appreciate each donation along with your continued support. We want current and future supporters of Gear Forward to know the immense difference you are all making in these young peoples lives with donation of a used sleeping bag or tent. You truly are changing their lives and we thank you for that.
As we move forward towards our first anniversary of Gear Forward we wish to reach more youth around the rest of the United States and beyond. We have launched our 50 States in 1 Year Campaign to spur donations from or to all 50 States in the country. Help us reach our goal by donating to Gear Forward by the end of 2016. For more information click here.
Gear Forward has recieved it's first request for gear from a Cub Scout Pack in Martinsburg, PA. The Pack is looking for some cooking equipment and lanterns. In addition to the overall need for the pack, a few of the boys do not have the proper outdoor gear for the activities the pack undertakes. The boys are in need of packs and sleeping bags. Presently we have a need for 3-4 packs and sleeping bags to fulfill the need in Pennsylvania. Remember these are Cub Scouts the pack needs to be smaller to properly fit the young boys. If you have any of the gear mentioned please contact us via this link. You may make a financial contribution to Gear Forward in lieu of gear. The donation will help to mail donated gear or potentially offset the cost of gear. This can be done below.
Thank You for your consideration.
This week was another big week for Gear Forward. This week we received our very first piece of donated gear from our partners and good friends at Hike By Faith. In addition to gear donated that will be sent to youth in need we received a large donation from our partners and good friends at Hiking The Trail. The gear that was donated by Hiking The Trail is available for purchase on the Gear Forward Store. Gear Forward accepts items that may not be suited, sized or meant for youth, in turn we sell them to generate income which allows us to ship the tents, backpacks and sleeping bags to youth organizations around the country.
Donating your lightly used outdoor gear can immediately help those in need who aspire to get outdoors. If you are in the process of cleaning out your gear closet, donate your unused or unneeded gear so it can get a new lease on life and help support our efforts at the same time. To contact us and learn more please click here.
If you are aware of an outdoor themed organization in your community who could benefit from donations please let them know about Gear Forward. We are thrilled at the response to our idea of paying it forward to help outfit the next generation of adventurers is getting. If you want to get involved please check out our "Get Involved" page.
Thanks again for your support!
Today was a huge day for Gear Forward. While the website, social media and idea have been alive for weeks, we were waiting for today to kickoff this concept. Today our sister Hiking Forward co-hosted #hikerchat with Teton Sports to discuss the topic of giving back. A successful and engaging chat was had by all who participated today in #hikerchat. Discussions of how the outdoor community at large gives of their time, money and efforts to the outdoors themselves, outdoor themed organizations and our youth were had. In the final moments as the hour of #hikerchat was coming to a close the final questions arose to the masses engaged in #hikerchat.
And, there we go! Our first real partnership is born. Teton Sports is sending their Mountain Adventurers around the country this summer to engage the outdoor community via their #yourlead campaign. Hikers who come in contact with the van will exchanging old or used gear for new Teton Sports gear via it's trade up program. The gear that is collected via this program will be donated to Gear Forward and then provided to kids in need around the United States.
Check out the Periscope by Shawn Parry discussing their project and our engagement in it.
To get engaged in the program check out:
Yourlead on Twitter / Instagram
Much thanks to Teton Sports for engaging with us in our project and understanding the vision of Gear Forward.