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Duluth Pack Store Costume Photo Contest

Your dream to win anything in the Duluth Pack Store for free? Make it a reality:

From now through November 3rd, participate in our Costume Photo Contest!
- Come on down to 365 Canal Park Dr. with your Halloween costume
- Snap a selfie with any one product of any brand
- Follow @DuluthPack on Instagram & Twitter
-Tweet the image or share on Instagram
- Include hashtags: #DPCostumeContest & #DuluthPack

A random participant will be chosen to win their photographed product on 11/3!

* Make sure your account is not private – or we won’t be able to see your photo!

Locally Grown Series – Part 6: Chris

The six segment of our new “Locally Grown Series“ – and the last for this first season.

This series highlights some of our local heros: awesome people from the Duluth area, doing cool things, that happen to carry a Duluth Pack.

Read along as we meet these people and share their stories:

Local Grown Series - Chris

Chris is a professional curler who has competed at an Olympic level. He is Duluth born and raised and grew up traipsing around Lester Park. “There is everything to do here. Swimming, biking, hiking… Family get togethers. It was the place where our parents would let us bike to as a kid. It seemed a lot bigger then,” says Chris about the park. “Every season there is something cool and pretty about Lester.” 

Hobbies include lots of hiking (he has nearly hiked the entire length of the Superior Hiking Trail), mountain biking, curling and snow boarding. As an outdoorsy guy, he’s known of Duluth Pack his entire life. The red canoe pack pictured above was passed down to him from his Dad. It was the pack they would take on their trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It still goes out every once in awhile. Chris’s family is so accustomed to Duluth Pack’s, he mentioned recently finding a few of our duffels inside of a duffel in an old family shed that had been locked for years. They were dirty but he washed them up and now they’re good as new!

Some of Chris’ favorite spots on the Northshore are Bean and Bear Lake and Kadunce River: “I just love northern Minnesota. If we had mountains, we’d have to gate this place up probably.”

 

We’re glad to have Chris as a friend of Duluth Pack. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!

 

The SHT Part 1 – Sam & Dans Thru-Hike of the Superior Hiking Trail

Sam Levar on the Superior Hiking Trail a week before he departs for the thru-hike

Sam Levar on the Superior Hiking Trail a week before he departs for the thru-hike

The Superior Hiking Trail is a 296 mile stretch of foottrail from the Canadian border to Duluth, MN (our home) along the Scenic North Shore.

Starting next Monday, our retail store’s Hard Goods Buyer, Sam Levar (on the right), will be thru-hiking it with his brother, Dan.

A 6am, Sam & Dan will be dropped off north of Grand Portage, near the trailhead. “We were going to try to plan each night in advance, but I advised that we simply hike and stay flexible instead of following an itinerary. I’ve found that itineraries only make the trip more stressful than it has to be,” explains Sam.

The loose plan has them completing it in 2 weeks. “If we are on pace, we will be staying in Lizmore on the 29th, and at Spirit Mtn the night of the 30th. Then we will be finishing the hike on the 31st at Jay Cooke.” They’ll need to hike at least 21 miles per day.

Here are Sam’s thoughts on the trip: “A good buddy of mine tells a great story when he ran across an old man soloing across the boundary waters. The gent was waiting for the portage to be open because of the cluster of people and he looked at my friend and said, ‘If there’s a schedule, I’m not aware of one.’ We sort of live by that now. I plan to hike for 14 days, regardless if I finish the trail or not. I’m not doing this hike to accomplish anything or to prove to myself or others that we can do it. I’m hiking because I love being on trail and cutting out the excess of life.”

Tune back in as we’ll be updating you on their journey!

Locally Grown Series – Part 5: Cara

The fifth segment of our new “Locally Grown Series

This series will highlight some of our local heros: awesome people from the Duluth area, doing cool things, that happen to carry a Duluth Pack.

Read along as we meet these people and share their stories:

Local Grown Series - Cara

Cara joined us in Canal Park on a beautiful day. She walked on down from the Holiday Inn & Suites where she is the Corporate Sales Manager. Cara is also the Board President of Sustainable Twin Ports. She works to help people live sustainably.  She enjoys her Bison Leather Shell Bag because of it having the lowest carbon footprint, she gets to support her friends and neighbors, and because “she’s a beaut.”

Her favorite local spots are the lift bridge and the neighboring pier. Her Nana lived on Park Point so the landmarks remind her of her visits. She also loves sitting on the beach on a perfect day. Cara’s hobbies include: hiking the Superior Hiking Trail, kayaking, and writing. She writes a sustainability column for a local paper and magazine.

Thanks for chatting with us, Cara! 

Click here to see our other Locally Grown Friends.

Locally Grown Series – Part 4: Dan

The fourth segment of our “Locally Grown Series

This series will highlight some of our local heros: awesome people from the Duluth area, doing cool things, that happen to carry a Duluth Pack.

Read along as we meet these people and share their stories:

Local Grown Series - Dan

Dan is the Interim Director of Glensheen, the Historic Estate. Glensheen, in Dan’s eyes, is “the iconic representation of what people love about Duluth. Great history meets outdoor experience.” He enjoys arriving at work and seeing Lake Superior and the outdoors and then feeling the amazing history. We met up with Dan at work to ask him a few questions. He took along his Bison Leather Doctor’s Weekender.

Dan came to Duluth, from Crosby, MN, because it’s a good hybrid of the Twin Cities and rural MN, and that it’s the only “quasi-mountainous area” in the region. Now that he’s here, his free-time is spent hiking, chasing his twins (although he described this as a life requirement over a hobby), helping his kids experience Duluth, policy making (Dan was recently the City Council President of Duluth), and researching local history.

Dan’s favorite spot in Duluth is a deck at Glensheen where Chester Congdon used to read his morning newspaper. It’s in the shade, with views of the lake, and alongside a river trout stream.

Thanks for showing us around, Dan!