On August 18th, 2019, Six Moon Designs, manufacturers of lightweight, high-quality, affordable backpacking equipment, made a generous donation of outdoor gear to the Association’s Performance Trail Crew program.
With new lightweight backpacks and tents, the youth and young adults who served on our backcountry trail crews this season were better equipped to reach remote worksites in places like the Mount Baker Wilderness with less fatigue, and to weather long ten-day hitches camped out on the trail in greater comfort.
The PNTA is proud to accomplish the majority of the trail work needed to maintain the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail through our paid Performance Trail Crew program.
Our program provides local youth and young adults from trailside communities with a living wage, transportation, and meals to help break down traditional barriers to inclusion.
With the help of corporate partners, like Six Moon Designs, PNTA is working to build an outdoor gear library to ensure that anyone who aspires to work in service to our scenic public lands can do so — and thrive with access to gear that can work as hard as they do.
With a long list of personal equipment needed to participate on a backcountry trail crew, outdoor retailers can help eliminate the last barrier to participation for our youth crew members’ families and make a life-changing outdoor experience more accessible for all.
About PNTA Performance Trail Crews
Our Performance Trail Crews are seasonal trail maintenance and construction teams that keep the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail open for everyone to enjoy.
Located high in the rugged mountain ranges of the Northwest, access to many trailheads along the PNT is limited most of the year. Our Performance Trail Crews help us make the most of the short season. Each summer, they travel to work wherever they are needed most, restoring the trail from nature’s toll and working to improve the trail system.
Performance Trail Crew Members spend the summer outdoors discovering our scenic public lands while working on the Pacific Northwest Trail. Teams of 3-6 people are guided by certified PNTA Crew Leaders on projects that are fun and challenging.