Pick your poison: Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail? Regardless of whether you’re east or west of the Mississippi, if you love to hike, the famous beauty of each of these daunting trails is impossible to ignore. Both granted National Scenic Trail status in 1968, the PCT and the AT are known to be sister trails. Though alike in their lengthy stretches from north to south, spanning over 2,000 miles each (the PCT holding big sister status, trumping the AT by about 400 miles), climates, environments and altitudes provide each trail with a vastly different experience for the avid hiker.

Like every great trail, the sisters require maintenance and protection. Thanks to the creation of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), both trails have organizations raising awareness and funds with hopes of preserving each of the trails for the enjoyment of generations to come.

To assist the effort, Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), an outdoor retailer famous for its expertise in designing quality single and double parachute hammocks, joined forces with both the ATC and PCTA for a friendly competition. At the 2014 Winter Outdoor Retailer event in Salt Lake City this January, ENO hosted “East vs West: A Tale of Sister Trails.” The event featured the company’s special edition ATC DoubleNest Hammock and newly-released PCTA DoubleNest Hammock, each with a set of Atlas Straps at a discounted rate of $50 for the combo, asking buyers just one question: AT or PCT? At the end of the three-day event, the company sold 106 hammocks, totaling $5,300 in proceeds, one hundred percent of which were donated to the ATC and the PCTA.

Though the competition is over, the opportunity still stands to support your favorite of the two trails and pick up a snazzy ENO DoubleNest hammock for your upcoming outdoor adventures. This spring, both special edition trail hammocks will be available at authorized ENO retailers, and for every ATC or PCTA hammock sold, ENO will donate $10 to the respective trail organization. This special promotion will carry over to online sales as well.

The ATC special edition trail hammock is currently on sale on the ENO website, and it can be purchased in a combo pack with straps with 50% of the proceeds going to the ATC organization.

The PCTA special edition trail hammock is nearing its online debut. Both will be available to purchase outside of the combo pack with a promotion equal to what will be sold in stores. To check out the style of the hammocks and purchase other outdoor accessories, visit www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com. Expect to see both editions of hammocks in stores as well as online early this spring.

For more information on the ATC and PCTA, how to contribute and/or volunteer, visit their respective sites, www.appalachiantrail.org and www.pcta.org.

As for me, my DoubleNest ENO is in the mail. Expect a full report this spring!

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