Here we have it. The fifth and final VHD poster. Please feel free to share, pass on, pin, tweet whatever you think. As always I would love any feedback. This one was probably the most challenging. I am going to start getting these printed so watch this space.
These just in, fresh from the screen. Introducing, the Vintage Hiking Depot. t-shirt. Proudly printed right here in Portland, Maine by Max at Inner Sense Printing. Screened on Gildan grey, heavyweight t-shirts. These have a double hit of plastisol on the front in 'VHD Cream' and a single hit for the inside detail.
These were created with love, all proceeds go back into the VHD. If you're interested in supporting the VHD these t-shirts can be yours for $20 + $5 postage and packaging within the USA. If you are overseas this might be a little more so email me for a final price.
The fourth VHD poster. Please feel free to share, pass on, pin, tweet whatever you think. As always I would love any feedback. This may be my favorite so far. One more to go.
I think that the Parks Canada logo has just taken the lead as my favourite logo design used by a government body. This charming mark was designed in the 1970's by Roderick Huggins the cute little fellow has been stealing the hearts of visitors ever since.
I came across the newer version when I recently visited Fundy National park. It might not have authority, the stopping power, or official look of a government body but I think it sets a simple and innocent tone, I imagine kids love this logo and anything that engages young generations in the outdoors is a winner for me.
The second VHD poster idea. As always I would love any feedback; loving, hating, not interested? Please feel free to share and pass on, I’d love to get peoples reactions.
The first VHD poster idea. My intent is to produce a range featuring my absolute all time favorite pieces of hiking gear. Look out for Trangia burner and Swiss Army Knife among others.
Would love any feedback; loving, hating, not interested? Please feel free to share and pass on, I'd love to get peoples reactions.
This weekend Mrs VHD and I headed to the Maine woods for a few days in the wilderness. Our weekend residence was a cabin nestled in the mountains near Andover, surrounded by trees, mountains, miles of hiking trails and little else. This was it, my first chance to get on the Appalachian Trail. For more than ten years I've read stacks of books about it; everything from AWOL On The Appalachian Trail, Walking The Appalachian Trail and Walking With Spring to Long Distance Hiking–Lessons From The Appalachian Trail and A Walk In The Woods to name a few. I was ready.
We approached the trail from Sawyer's Notch and there it was, my first white blaze. From where I was standing if I went north I would head deeper into Maine and eventually reach Mount Katahdin (which is no mean feat), if I headed south I could walk all the way to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Amazing.
We chose to head south up to Hall Mountain lean-to. I had butterflies as we headed up the steep rise following a tumbling stream. It looked as if we were the first people to get up there for some time–the previous register entry was from November 2011 and there was no sign of any other human footprints. There was still a decent amount of snow on the mountain, all of it undisturbed. We had lunch at the lean-to and poked around a bit, reading the funny entries in the register and relaxing before we headed back down.
It sounds strange but it was a weird feeling being on the trail for the first time, walking where the likes of Myron Avery, Earl Shaffer and Grandma Gatewood (amongst thousands of others) have previously trodden. I dearly look forward to seeing more of the trail.
Another small plug for a friend and fellow Mainer. A couple of months ago I purchased a custom Team 8 Snowboard from the shop floor here in Portland. Great guy with a tight operation. If you're in the market for a board Team 8 are doing great things. Just wish we'd had more snow.