A five day backpacking trip beginning on the north end of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail and ending at Ohiopyle, the south end. In support of Gear Forward to help equip the next generation for outdoor adventure.

#LHX Planning Team

What does #LHX2018 stand for? Good question. It stands for Laurel Highlands Experience 2018.
When: April 28th -May 5th, 2018
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. 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 and 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? If so, we want to know who they are, where they are located and what they need.
Each member of the team has been hand picked for their various outdoor skills. The main reason they have been chosen…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

You can make a donation to Gear Forward here

Meet the #LHX2018 Team
Brian Ford – HBF Outdoors
Scott Gauvin – Gear Forward
Shawn Parry – Teton Sports
Rachel Morris – Backcountry Petite
Shawn Manogue – Trailbound
2018 Partners/Sponsors