Section Hiker T-Shirt Raffle

Gossamer Gear's Grant Sible at Chichen Itza

Gossamer Gear’s Grant Sible at Chichen Itza

While we were digging out from this past weekend’s blizzard, my buddy Grant Sible from Gossamer Gear was vacationing down in Mexico. Here he is taking in the sites and showing off the team colors at Chichen Itza, one of most famous Mayan archaeological sites.

SectionHiker T-Shirt Raffle

Thanks to Grant, I’m going to raffle off a Section Hiker Logo T-shirt this week, perfect for the warm weather hiking I know we’re all dreaming of, even if you live someplace warm!

If you win the random drawing for this raffle, you can choose which T-shirt you want. In addition to the white wicking T-shirt that Grant is wearing, 100% organic cotton Section Hiker T-Shirt are also available in red, chocolate (very popular), light blue, black, and natural. Be sure to check them out!

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34 Responses to Section Hiker T-Shirt Raffle

  1. Grandpa February 12, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Something else might come to mind when I give it more thought but the first thing that rattled around in my small head was Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I’ve always been fascinated by history and when we lived in the DC area from 1966 to 1970 we made many trips to Harpers Ferry among other historical sites.

    There’s plenty of history there with George Washington scouting it out when he was planning a canal, John Brown’s raid, etc. Thomas Jefferson said the view from the rock that became known as Jefferson Rock was “worth crossing the Atlantic”. I’ve sat on Jefferson Rock many times. It’s a nice view, but I don’t know that I’d cross the Atlantic for it. I’d rather go the other way and check out Scotland, the Alps, Norway, etc. I did take a really nice B&W photo under Jefferson Rock of a tree framed by the crevasse I was in. I took it with a Speed Graphic camera when I was 14. I hauled that bellows camera, along with cut and roll film, and light meter over many a mountain in the East and the West at that age. Now, I can backpack overnight with less weight than the aforementioned camera setup and take a bajillion photos with my digital camera or even my phone.

  2. Roy Bearpark February 12, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    I’ve always been a big fan of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. From driving along its length as a child to working with objects found there and visiting its major forts and minor turrets in adulthood it has always been a key to life as it was in the region almost 2,000 years ago.

  3. LNTCamper February 12, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Stonehenge! When I was about 8 or 9 my class visited Stonehenge and I just stood there looking up at the massive monoliths thinking… HOW did they do that!? And… Druids! C’mon… Druids. They had a incredible respect for the beauty and power of the natural world. That just awed me.
    And now I’m older… Doctor Who. Doctor Who under Stonehenge was cool!

  4. Dricx February 12, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    The place that impressed me most was the Hartmannsweilerkopf in the Vosges mountains in France/Alsace. Very heavy fighting took place there during WWI. The trenches of the fighting armies were sooo close…it must have been really horrible. You can walk through them and see all the concrete fortifications, the barbed wire and the thousands and thousands of graves…And today the Vosges is such a lovley mountainous area to hike in. What a contrast!

  5. PaulaJeanne February 12, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    I love Hancock Shaker Village and other historical “towns”. I like seeing the way people lived many years ago (really in the Northeast US, not so many years). Of course, when I’m hiking it’s very special when I get to the point where I can say – someone hiked this trail hundreds of years ago – and feel a kinship to that point in time.

  6. Paul February 12, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Worlds apart,,but possibly not that far: close up with Stonehenge and the pictographs at Agawa. Both are moving.

  7. Katie February 12, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    My favorite site is fefinetly stonehenge. It just rises up out of the english countryside , a giant monolith surrounded by burial mounds. The energy from that site is like nothing I have ever felt before!

  8. Rich Kolb February 12, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I went to Chichen Itza and climbed up. That was pretty memorable. I’m always fascinated by things that have been around longer than our society. I did a lot of walking around Germany and Austria, not really hiking but just walking around the towns and villages. My favorite hike is to go up Whiteface Mountain. I like the castle on top, it was always a family hike, and it was one of the last ones my Grandmother wanted to do again before she died. Luckily there is an elevator up to the top, so she was able to go up to see the view one last time.

  9. Stephen Carlin February 12, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Kennesaw Mountain is one of my favorite places. Great hiking trail that I can take my 5 & 9 yo that has interesting history.

    • Earlylite February 12, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Yes, but is it a historic monument?

      • josh camp February 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

        Kennesaw Mountain is a national historical site, not a monument. It was the site of many civil war battles and has a few monuments scattered around the battlefields. The whole park is pretty cool, you can still see all kinds of trenches with great musket/ cannon site lines and I collected over 200 musket balls/artillery pieces when I was a kid. It has great trails. I’ve been running and hiking and stealth camping there for over 30 years.

  10. Joe Ganley February 12, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Jamestown, Virginia. Visiting there, you can clearly imagine living its history.

  11. Jason Corbett February 12, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Teotihuacan, without a doubt. The scale of the thing was amazing. That a human society conceived of the idea in the first place is amazing. That a group of people then put the resources together to construct such massive monuments to the sky says much about our species and the incredible amount of change we have experienced just in the last 50,000 years alone, a mere blip on the cosmic time-scale.

  12. JZ February 12, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Not a “favorite” exactly, but Dachau concentration camp was probably the most impactful historical site I’ve ever visited. The prisoner bunkhouses were removed except for the foundations, which resulted in a wide open and lonely stretch of space. Giant poplars (or what looked like poplars) were planted on the edges of the yard and hissed in the wind on the brisk sunny day we toured. It was a sad and odd juxtaposition to be there on such a nice day. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that so many thousands of people lost their life there in what is now essentially a suburb of Munich. Somehow that was one of the worst parts – that this took place not in some camp in the middle of nowhere, but that it was next to a major city. How could the people in the town not know about what was going on?

    On a side note, if you ever have the chance to visit the Nazi Documentation Museum in Nuremberg it is well worth it. It helped me begin to understand how the Nazi party could ever have come to power…although I still don’t fully get it.

  13. Joe February 12, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Cape Alava, on the Ozette coast of the Olympic Peninsula, is the site of an archeological dig. You can camp at the site and see many of the artifacts at the Makah museum in Neah Bay, about 1/2 hour drive away. This connection with the culture and heritage of the land inspired my first backpacking trip many (many) years ago.

  14. Bill Keck February 12, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Temples at Nikko, Japan. Some of them are 1200 years old and still in use. It made me realize how young our country is. Also, Mesa Verde whch illustrates how a relatively advanced ancient culture can just disappear.

  15. KentonsGhost February 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Serpent Mound in south-western Ohio. It’s amazing. Roughly a thousand years old, this nearly 1400 foot long mound is built near the top of a rolling hill like those so common in that area. To me it’s a symbol of perseverance and a reminder of our past.

  16. McCamer February 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    A 20 km (one way) hike to Grey Owl’s cabin in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. Canada.
    A wikipedia search on him will show you that he was an interesting character. He even caught the attention of Royalty!
    He was one of the first to warn of the decline of wild life and natural wilderness. He was famous for the raising of orphaned beavers and repopulating trapped out areas. His books were popular reads.
    I plan on doing an overnighter to his cabin this summer. Warning though–black flies and misquitoes could make for a nasty experience. Of course, one must take the usual bear precautions. For more information, check out the “Prince Albert National Park” web site.

  17. Grandpa February 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    I knew a kernel of something else would, like Orville Redenbacher, pop into this mostly empty mind.

    A couple years ago, I spent a week on a friend’s ranch in the Big Bend country southeast of Marathon, Texas. While there, he showed me a shelter cave on their property with Native American artifacts and paintings. I’ve seen many examples of rock art in my travels over the years but what struck me about this was that long dead, unknown artist had painted the scene in front of him. Much rock art has religious significance, other art can’t be explained, but this was someone painting just for the joy of reproducing what he saw. That, to me, was really cool!

  18. Lee Richardson February 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    I have been visiting Cumberland Gap National Historical Monument since I was a young Scout, and still return there almost every year. Not only does this park have a rich history being the gap that the first settlers traveled through into modern day Kentucky, but there is an early 1900′s settlement preserved to this day up on the ridge. The Hensley family retreated to the ridge after WW1 feeling that the world was far too modern and thus dependent on modern things. I guess I have been retreating there for the same reason for some 35 years now myself! Carrying your life in a backpack does something to a person that helps them even in the rigors of our “modern” world!

  19. Keith Malone February 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    National September 11 Memorial – you can’t visit that site without being touched in some way. May we never forget.

  20. Tom Murphy February 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    In the winter of ‘59, Dr. Ralph Miller and Dr. Robert Quinn crashed in a remote section of the White Mountains National Forest while flying home from a medical consultation in a rural hospital north of the notches. The two men survived blizzard conditions for four days, hoping for a rescue, before finally succumbing to hypothermia. Afterwards their friends and colleagues dedicated a memorial to their courage and resourcefulness at the site of the plane crash.
    In the summer of ‘09, my Dad and I backpacked into those same woods in hopes of finding that memorial and paying our respects.

    Along the North Fork River
    We hiked north, along an abandoned section of an old valley trail.
    Young saplings crowded the path. Decaying leaves formed a thick carpet under our boots. The frequent moose scat testified to the trail’s current status. The occasional wood cross tie hinted at the trail’s origin.
    We found the memorial plaque set along the left shoulder of the trail, facing east towards the river and the morning sun. Green moss grew along the plaque’s edges. The long years had started to rust the bolts that anchor it to the New Hampshire granite.
    The trail widened in the area around the plaque. It seemed as if someone had cut back the underbrush. My Dad liked the idea that someone might still be tending to the memorial; that it will not be forgotten.
    The woods along the North Fork were warm that summer day. The sun, still low in the eastern sky, peeked through the trees throwing long shadows across the trail. The river was hidden back down the banking, but its perpetual song could be heard as we read the memorial’s inscription.
    We said a prayer for both men, and for the families they left behind. We said a prayer I was taught as a child, a prayer my Dad says each time we visit my Grandmother’s grave.
    Standing next to my Dad, in that lonely isolated place, deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, the words of the prayer seemed to have been written especially for Dr. Miller and Dr. Quinn.
    “Lord,
    Support us all the day long,
    Until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes,
    And the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over,
    And our work is done.
    Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest,
    and peace at the last.
    Amen.”
    We stood for a time, enjoying the stillness of the forest and the satisfaction of a goal achieved. My raised eyebrows questioned him, he nodded yes, and we quietly started our journey back home.

    - Adam Murphy

  21. jay February 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Larabanga, the oldest mosque in Ghana. It’s in the northwest part of the country and dates back to the 17th century.

    Its architecture is beautiful and interesting. It’s also amazing to think about the patterns of migration and trade that spread religions like Islam throughout Africa.

  22. Dennis A. Cooley February 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Niagara Falls – I was blown away by the sheer power and volume of water, especially on the Canadian side. I need to take the kids there this Summer.

  23. Mike Hobbs February 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Cairo, October 1995. I spent the entire month in Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza are some of the most spectacular things I have seen in my lifetime. Very impressive.

  24. Mark Stone February 13, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    April 1996, Egypt.

    My girlfriend and I walked from St. Catherine’s in the Sinai by the camel path to the top of Mt. Horeb where we spent the night stretched out next to the Trinity Church next to its south wall. We stretched our bags out to sleep under the clearest, darkest sky I have ever experienced. The aging moon would appear only just before the sunrise. Not much sleep was had, as pilgrims and other visitors arrived continually throughout the night. It was a small and crowded place. At about 3 am, a group came to stand by us and began singing religious hymns above our heads.

    The features of the Milky Way were positively three-dimensional, slowly giving way to an azure predawn sky. An old moon on its final day smiled briefly above the eastern horizon for minutes and was soon overtaken by the growing light of dawn and a brilliant sunrise. Stretching out eastward, the starkly rugged desert landscape of the Sinai warmed with hues of orange.

    We returned to the monastery down the steeper mountainside by way of the pilgrims steps.

  25. Brian Peterson February 13, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Stone Henge! How the heck did they do that? I was blown away by how big the stones are, they are freaking huge!!!!

  26. Stephen February 13, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    The place that surprised me the most was the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper Wyoming. The Center features artifacts and interactive displays that show Casper’s historic presence as an important stop on the Oregon Trail, the Gold Rush Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the Pony Express. In school we all kind of overlooked what this really meant in history but it really came to life in this excellent museum. It was one tough journey to the west….

  27. Edward February 13, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Yosemite park, BREATHTAKING

  28. Kerry C. Sterner February 14, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    Appalachian trail is an example of some of the great things the American people can do when we work together. From one mans dream to something wonderful that everyone can enjoy and have that special fellowship found on the trail. It also represents people joining together and contributing there efforts today as been done in the past.

  29. anwar February 14, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    naming a favorite historic monument or archaeological site that you’ve visited and describe why it made such a big impact — Borobudur in Central Java. well, beside its located in my country, Indonesia, :) … also because it is amazing that people in some centuries ago could build such huge and unique monument.

  30. Grego February 14, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Zaculeu, Guatemala. Incredible, beautiful Mayan ruins in a park that’s frequented by locals, as opposed to some other ruin sites which are so expensive to visit they are mostly accessible to foreign visitors. The openness (to the community) of Zaculeu makes it feel alive and vibrant as opposed to an artifact, and the structures are stunning.

  31. Dillon February 16, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    i don’t know that it strictly counts as a monument, more of a memorial, but in December 2001, i flew into New York to visit my mother over my holiday break.. i was in high school at the time and had recently moved from north New Jersey to south Florida. on our way out of the city, my sisters and i visited the memorial at ground zero. it was my first time back in New York since the August just before the attacks, and seeing the horrible reality was heartbreaking. the memorial was devastating in it’s own right, with the flyers posted by people seeking out loved ones alongside photographs, candles and mementos left by mourners, however it also stood as a symbol of the support within the community and beyond. there was a sense of unification that I’ve never experienced before or since, and it was that experience that made me think that maybe we, as a nation, were stronger than we knew. on that day i felt like a true American, rather than simply someone who was born here. I’ve seen more beautiful places and things, and I’ve seen things that are studied in history books but that was the important one.

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