By Madeline Coats and Eric LaFontaine

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – Due to extreme temperatures and weather conditions, fewer than 200 hikers attempt a “thru-hike” of the Pacific Crest Trail each year. For those that do, the average hiker takes five months to walk the entire trail.

Enter for a Chance to Upgrade Your Pack

Five months in the elements can take a severe toll on a hiker’s gear. OutdoorsNW has partnered with Mountain Hardwear to help retire an old backpack by offering one lucky entrant a new PCT 65L backpack. If you’re ready to replace or upgrade your pack, visit the OutdoorsNW table at PCT Days and enter to win. The annual summer festival runs from Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22 in Cascade Locks, Ore. The family-friendly event promotes hiking, camping, backpacking and outdoor stewardship through activities, games, presentations, raffles and great deals on products from gear sponsors. All raffle proceeds support the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. The event, which takes place in Marine Park on the banks of the Columbia River, is free to attend. Upon entrance, attendees are encouraged to donate non-perishable food, personal care products or a monetary contribution to the local food bank. Overnight camping is available for a fee. However, for those not wanting to camp, there are several hotels in town as well as options for RV and car camping in Marine Park. Event coordinators are working with government and health officials to gain the necessary approvals and guidance to produce the festival, he said. Based on information from health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he said, masks will not be required for guests. Although named for the famed trail, the Mountain Hardwear PCT pack is tough and versatile enough to handle any classic backpacking route. The PCT 65L has a women’s-specific fit on the shoulder straps and hip belt. The PCT 65L is a rugged backpack for thru-hikes and other backcountry adventures. It has a large capacity for multi-day treks and gear-intensive pursuits and a lightweight, sturdy perimeter frame to manage heavy loads. The trampoline back panel provides full support, while the padded shoulder straps and hip belt offer a comfortable carry. The hydration sleeve for carrying extra water (reservoir not included) is perfect for keeping hydrated, while the trekking pole / ice axe loops and daisy change allow for organization in the wild. To enter to win the $300 pack, stop by the OutdoorsNW booth at PCT Days and sign up for the OutdoorsNW newsletter to receive one entry or bring your Cornhole skills and potentially earn up to five entries. For more information on PCT Days, visit

www.pctdays.com

. For more information on how to win the PCT 65L backpack,

email outdoorsnw@nwnews.com

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