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Tales from the Trails

May 4, 2012
Trail Running

 Trail Running through Chester Bowl

Sunny Chester Bowl TrailThe thing I love about trail running is similar to what most people love about canoeing, camping, hiking, or fishing. IT’S OUTDOORS! It is such a wonderful escape from all the pavement. Stub your toe on a root and not a broken glass bottle in the nearby parking lot. Duck underneath the pine needles while you are darting in-between pine saplings, covering beneath their “parents” for protection. Put the headphones and armband away while you listen to Nature’s “Running Playlist”. These reasons are why my tale from the trail takes place in Chester Bowl. Once you get down from the street level next to the creek, everything shuts off mentally. That is when the primal takes over. Christopher McDougall sums that feeling up perfectly in his book Born to Run. Trail Running

“There is something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and we run around for a good time”

This exhilaration is tough to shake when the only sound is the rushing of the creek and the pat, pat, pat, of your cadence with the ground. My most recent run in Chester Creek was similar to any beautiful love story. It’s so easy and accessible to fall into. When you are on the same level as the water it’s such a refreshing feeling and then there is conflict. No matter which way you go into the bowl, you need to climb up to get out. You can walk and let the hills win. The hills want to win; it’s appealing to them, conquering runners. In defiance of this game you, the runner, must not give them that pleasure. You can’t walk up the rocks and give them the silence of your broken soft footsteps. Each step up from the bottom must be taken at a jogging pace, just enough to hear those comforting pat pat pats coming from your feet. This is the coming of age story for many runners that happened to me that last time I ran. I heard my mind telling me that I was done, but my feet kept reassuring me. The pat pat pat was telling me, “Keep running, we can handle it.” Again, like any good romance, after the conflict is the top, the perfect paddling day after a week of rain in BWCAW, the sunshine and breeze falling on your back while you reach for the next hold.

So the next time you are running and you hear your thoughts. You are doing it wrong. Find a good trail off in isolation, eat up, wear the right gear, and then let your feet take over. Listen to the encouragement from your feet and the chirping of nearby birds

Blog written by Connor, outdoor enthusiast and Duluth Pack store employee

Chester Creek Bridge

Skyline Parkway- Chester Bowl Entrance

Chester Creek northview

View toward Chester Park- creek level

Chester Creek lakeview

View toward 9th Street- creek level

 

Chester Bowl Trail

Trail view through the pines

 

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Spring 2012 Photo Contest!

April 18, 2012
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Previous Photo Contest Entry- Jeff Evans

Let the Creativity Begin!

Wednesday, April 18th – Friday May 4

It’s time for another photo contest! Each season, we are thoroughly impressed with you, our Duluth Pack fans, and the creativity  and photographic skills you bring to the contest.  We are looking for photos with Duluth Pack products but they don’t need to be to win. Past winners have been on the front covers of our catalog!

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Previous Photo Contest Entry- John Wartman

Here are the details:

1. Submit your photos to [email protected]

2. Photos must be high-resolution and in digital format.

3. Photos must contain any product made by Duluth Pack.

4. You may submit as many photos as you wish.

5. Photos must be submitted by Midnight CST Friday, May 4, 2012.

5. Duluth Pack will have rights to photos submitted and can be used for marketing purposes.

6. Duluth Pack employees (past and present) and their families are not eligible.

1st place = $100 Duluth Pack Gift Card
2nd place = $50 Duluth Pack Gift Card
3rd place = $25 Duluth Pack Gift Card

Thanks and let the creativity begin!

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Bracket Challenge Champion – #4 Duluth Pack

April 3, 2012
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In the final match-up between the Olive Drab #4 Duluth Pack vs. Red Scoutmaster Deluxe Pack…

The Olive Drab #4 Duluth Pack came out on top!

Congratulations to our voter, Sean, who won the Grand Prize $100 Duluth Pack gift card!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  We had a lot of close match-ups this year!

Look for the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge next March.

Who knows what new products it might bring.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge– Championship Match-Up

March 30, 2012
Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge Finals

Championship Match-up of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge!

Olive Drab #4 Duluth Pack vs. Red Scoutmaster Deluxe Pack

Vote now in the comments! Grand Prize $100 Duluth Pack gift card will be awarded!

Voting ends Monday, April 2nd @ 11:59 p.m. Winner announced on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge Finals

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge- Round 6

March 23, 2012
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Round Six of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge

Red Scoutmaster Deluxe Pack vs.Bison Leather Sportsman’s Tote

Vote now in the comments! Gift card awarded in each round!

Voting ends Friday, March 23th @ 11:59 p.m. Winners announced on Monday, March 26th.

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet. Each round ends at 11:59 pm of the day it was posted.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge- Round 5

March 22, 2012
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Round Five of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge

#4 Duluth Pack vs.Mossy Oak® Rambler Pack

Vote now in the comments! Gift card awarded in each round!

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet. Each round ends at 11:59 pm of the day it was posted.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge – Round 4

March 21, 2012
Deluxe Shell Bag in Wool vs. Bison Leather Sportsman's Tote

Round Four of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge

Deluxe Wool Shell Bag in Classic vs. Bison Leather Sportsman’s Tote

Vote now in the comments! Gift card awarded in each round!

Deluxe Shell Bag in Classic Wool vs. Bison Leather Sportsman's Tote

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet. Each round ends at 11:59 pm of the day it was posted.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.

Please be patient after you post your comment it may take some time for the blogmaster to approve. Thank you.

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

The Very Fashionable Market Tote

March 19, 2012
The Market Tote from Duluth Pack

“Oh, I love your bag; is that from Nordstrom?”, to which I proudly replied, “Nope–it’s from Minnesota!” • Amanda

The Market Tote from Duluth Pack

“I got this bag for a friend who teaches yoga and moves from gym to gym all day.” • Bikerarcher

“I have been on the lookout for a sturdy and chic work tote that I can use on weekends as well.” • Baghound

Duluth Pack Market Tote: The official bag of Dallas’ design cognoscenti.” • Joslyn Taylor

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Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge – Round 2

March 15, 2012
Mossy Oak® Bushcrafter vs. Mossy Oak® Rambler

Round Two of the Duluth Pack Bracket Challenge

Bushcrafter in Mossy Oak® vs. Rambler in Mossy Oak®

Vote now in the comments! Gift card awarded in each round!

Mossy Oak® Bushcrafter vs. Mossy Oak® Rambler

1. There are seven (7) total challenge rounds. One vote per person per challenge round – each vote cast will have a chance to win the drawing regardless of your challenge pick.

2. One person can have up to seven (7) total entries, one for each round – each of the seven (7) challenges will result in a gift card being awarded for the specified amount for that round.

3. A vote constitutes a Facebook comment, a blog comment, or a tweet. Each round ends at 11:59 pm of the day it was posted.

4. Duluth Pack employees and family members of employees are not eligible.

The final round will have a Grand Prize of a $100.00 Duluth Pack Gift Card.

The final drawing will be chosen from ALL entries, so be sure to enter each round.