What does #LHX2018 stand for? Good question. It stands for Laurel Highlands Experience 2018.

When: April 28 – May 5, 2018

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.

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 a 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 they 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 give back and pay it forward.

In the months to come leading up to #LHX2018, we’ll post updates here on our website. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter

The #LHX2018 Team

Brian Ford  – HBF Outdoors

Scott Gauvin – Gear Forward

Shawn Parry – Teton Sports

Rachel Fonstad – Backcountry Petite

Jen Glasgow Potts  – Jenny the Trailhead (Gear Forward Ambassador)

Adam Nutting – Epic Social Adventures

Dane Cramer – Featheredprop.com

Meet the #LHX2018 Team