Campapalooza 2017 Discounts + Special Buys

Campapalooza returns to our flagship store in South Asheville’s Parkway Center (1378 Hendersonville Road) Saturday with free workshops, clinics, and hikes, as well as education grants to local nonprofits thanks to partnerships with Patagonia and Columbia and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. We’ve also got lots of giveaways and special buys throughout the store!

Build You Own Package: Save up to 40% when you mix and match our entire stock of sleeping bags, tents, packs, cook sets, trekking poles, water filters, and stoves. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to raise the level of your camping collection, this is an amazing opportunity. Get your first item at full price, take 10% off your second item, 20% off your third, 30% off your fourth, and 40% off your fifth. It’s Campapalooza, so save on 2017’s best reviewed gear and get outdoors! (Greatest package discount applies to lowest priced item. See store for details.)

30% off Hydro Flask: Hydro Flask has redefined what the classic outdoor water bottle can be. These bottles keep your beverage icy cold or piping hot all day whether you’re going from trailhead to summit, commuting to work and back again, heading to the gym, or any step in between. (Discount applies to all sizes and styles of the following colors only: Citron, Forrest, and Tangelo.)

40% off ENO: Blend into your environment, whatever that may be. As versatile as nature is varied, the CamoNest and CamoNest XL provide the perfect hidden nirvana in ENO’s trademark breathable, quick-drying nylon. (Discount applies to CamoNest and CamoNest XL only.)

40% off Outdoor Tech: The geniuses at Outdoor Tech have spent years perfecting bluetooth earbuds, headphones, speakers, and other wireless products for an active life. Our entire stock of their innovative speakers and headphones are 40% off during Campapalooza, allowing you to take your music with you wherever the road or trail leads. (Discount applies to entire stock of Outdoor Tech.)

30% off Thule samples: Thule duffel bags are the perfect travel companion, wherever life takes you and whatever you need to pack. In a variety of sizes and styles, we’ve got samples that make sense on a bike, on a kayak, on an adventure, or on vacation. (Discount applies to select sample packs and luggage. See store for selection.)

BOGO 60% off Yeti: Days on the dock or days at the desk are made better with the Rambler 30 oz. Tumbler. It’ll keep your dinnertime drink cool well past sundown or your coffee piping hot throughout the morning. The Rambler 30 oz. Tumbler is made of 18/8 kitchen-grade stainless steel, has double-wall vacuum insulation, and No Sweat Design. (Discount applies to 30 oz. stainless steel only.)

 

40% off Platypus: There’s not a hard bottle out there that’s cleaner, greener, and more flexible than a Platypus .5 Liter SoftBottle. Each one comes with a Clean-Taste Guarantee and it’s BPA free. It fits in a drink holder, a round pocket, a flat pocket, or any hand. When empty, it rolls up and fits anywhere you want. Plus, it weighs 80% less than hard hydration bottles. (Discount applies to .5 Liter SoftBottle only.)

40% off Freefly: $29.98, reg. $49.95. Based out of Charleston, South Carolina, Freefly has spent two years perfecting bamboo blends to produce the perfect sustainable wicking performance polos. Durable, but soft, these polos combine style and substance to allow more time spent outdoors. (Discount applies to Slate Green and Blue Bird colors only.)

50% off Storm Creek: $10, reg. $20. Lightweight, breathable performance that looks great from running errands to running a marathon, these wicking tees feature lightweight mesh, droptail hem, and inner neck tape for added comfort. (Discount applies to entire stock of Storm Creek performance tees.)

Spring Samples

  • Patagonia for 25% off MSRP
  • Prana for 30% off MSRP

Free Gifts with Purchase

  • Canvas tote ($28 value) with any KEEN footwear purchase
  • Streamer 3L ($27.95 value) with any Deuter purchase
  • Lasting Impressions tee ($27.95 value) with purchase of any two or more Royal Robbins items
  • Firecracker Snapback trucker hat ($29 value) with purchase of any two or more Howler Bros. items
  • MK Wallet ($24.95 value) with purchase of any two or more Mountain Khakis items
  • Multi-functional headwear with any Goal Zero or The North Face purchase
  • Running hat or drawstring sack with any Lowa purchase

Some exclusions apply. In-stock items only. No rainchecks. See store for details.

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Workshops, Hikes, + Demos Announced for Campapalooza

Campapalooza returns to our flagship store on March 18 from 10:00-4:00, offering the opportunity to explore the latest trends in camping, upgrade your personal camping collection, and learn from outdoor experts. It’s a way for us to celebrate our history as the region’s first outdoor store and thank you for being great friends and neighbors for 53 years.

This year, we’ve assembled an amazing schedule of free outdoor education. Drop in for as many classes as you like. Get hands on with our top picks for camping in 2017 between sessions and enter raffles for prizes from Osprey, Marmot, ENO, Chaco, Hydro Flask, and more.

Outdoor Education
Learning about the outdoors is fun — and rewarding! Join these experts for a short presentation and you’ll be entered to win some serious prizes. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A.

  • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Test Drive Salewa Footwear 
    Salewa is a family owned mountain brand that has been in business for over 80 years. Focusing on high quality, durable technical footwear perfect for a trip up Mt. Mitchell or kicking it around Asheville, this is the perfect chance to test drive a pair of trail shoes or hiking boots. Kurt Smith will use his knowledge to select a pair that’s right for you. Take them for a run or a walk on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail anytime throughout Campapalooza.
  • 10:30 a.m., Hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
    Join Marmot‘s Stephanie Whitaker for a 30-minute morning hike along the portion of the MST that runs alongside our store and the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a great chance to identify native flora and fauna while sticking close to all the Campapalooza fun.
    Giveaway: Stanley Steel Growler Pack
  • 11:30 a.m., Choosing the Right Hiking Shoe
    Oboz Footwear Expert Alex Cavner travels the southeast with one goal: matchmaking hikers with the perfect fit. Though there seems to be a dizzying array of choices, his process can easily drill down to correct type and fit, leaving you free to worry about style and color.
    Giveaways: Oboz shirts, hats, and samples
  • Noon, Presentation of Grants to Local Organizations
    We’re local and we like to support local groups connecting youth to the outdoors. Call it civic pride or mountain spirit, but we think it’s the right thing to do. We’re presenting $12,000 in awards to Asheville GreenWorks, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, River Link, and The North Carolina Arboretum.
  • 12:30 p.m., Meet Shelly the Eastern Box Turtle + Friends
    Did you know the Eastern box turtle is our state reptile? Did you know that these turtles can live to be 100 years old? Jonathan Marchal will introduce Shelly, The North Carolina Arboretum’s “celebriturtle” and learn about how you can help she and other turtles that call Western North Carolina home.
    Giveaways: KEEN Arroyo II keychains for everyone
  • 12:30 p.m., Bamboo You: New Trends in Clothing
    Free Fly spent over two years developing their unique bamboo fabric blends to create apparel made from an ultra-soft performance fabric that is breathable, provides UV protection, wicks moisture, and is naturally odor resistant. Jeff Weathersbee will run through the effort to make durable clothing from one of nature’s most sustainable resources.
    Giveaway: Free Fly clothing
  • 1:30 p.m., Solar Power Your Adventure
    Goal Zero‘s line of portable solar products allows you to charge almost anything while exploring the outdoors: phones, laptops, lights, refrigerators, and more. Ultra lightweight and portable, Crandall Caughman will run through the technology that powers the weather-resistant solar panels of the next generation of outdoor products.
    Giveaway: Goal Zero charger
  • 2:00 p.m., Picking the Right Pack
    Osprey backpacking expert Will Pfister knows a poor fitting pack can be the difference between a great time and a terrible time outdoors. He believes in making the right relationship between pack and its wearer. He’ll run through the basics of picking the correct pack for any adventure.
    Giveaway: Osprey
  • 2:30 p.m., Hiking on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
    Sponsored by Outdoor Research, one of our expert team members will lead a 30 minute hike on section of the MST different from the morning hike. Different times of the day bring out different vantage points so you may want to do both!
    Giveaway: $150 Outdoor Research gift card

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Big Super Saturday Brings Big Names Together for a Good Cause

Join us for Big Super Saturday, a full day celebrating the simple things we can do with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. The free event features live music, giveaways, apple cider, outdoor treats, contests, and more. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, local nonprofits Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Eblen Charities, and Diana Wortham Theatre benefit from events during the week. Big Super Saturday takes place on November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at our flagship store in the Parkway Center on 1378 Hendersonville Road in South Asheville.

The day kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with Native Watercraft and Liquidlogic’s Factory Warehouse Sale. Current and previous season boats will be on-site and priced below wholesale, including models that have never been available in Western North Carolina region. Native Watercraft and Liquidlogic are international companies headquartered in the area with their factory located in Fletcher, North Carolina. Thule specialists will be on hand to answer questions, talk about products that best fit your needs, and show off some of the coolest accessories for 2017.

The fun continues and takes a turn to the kid-friendly side at 3:00 p.m. Steve Longenecker of Falconers of Falling Creek Camp will host his popular Birds of Prey presentation with live raptors including a Peregrine, male and female American Kestrel, Red-Tailed Haw, Great-Horned Owl, and an Eastern Screech Owl.

At 4:30 p.m., the Fall In Love With The Outside Road Tour touches down in North Carolina. Marmot and RootsRated have traveled to 30 different cities around the country, but Diamond Brand Outdoors has something special in mind for its Asheville stop. The family-friendly (and dog-friendly) event celebrates with live music, tent pitching contests, Marmot gear raffles, s’mores, apple cider, outdoor trivia, a photo booth, and good ole’ conversations about where to go outdoors. A suggested $5 donation includes hot cider, a Ball® mason jar pint glass, and entry into Marmot’s awesome raffles. 100% of donations benefit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

November 19 is also the kickoff for Diamond Brand Outdoors’ annual coat drive for Eblen Charities. Anyone who brings a gently used coat will receive 20% off one item from Diamond Brand Outdoors (with some limited exclusions). This continues through December 24.

Earlier in the week, Diamond Brand Outdoors hosts the sixth annual Step Out & Shop, a benefit for Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The free event offers a 20% storewide discount to shoppers and 10% of the sales benefit the programs of the downtown performing arts venue.

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Our New Book Club Focuses on the Outdoors

We’re excited to announce the Diamond Brand Outdoors Book Club. Hosted by Brittany States, we will meet the first weekend of each month to discuss the previous month’s book, answer questions, and talk about our next book. Come to connect with adventure seekers and book lovers alike in this unique new experience! 

Our first book will be Where’s the Next Shelter? by Asheville’s own Gary Sizer and it can be purchased at any Diamond Brand Outdoors location for 20% off it’s cover price. (That’s $11.19 if you don’t want to do the math.)

Diamond Brand Outdoors Book Club will take place at our Parkway Center location on 1378 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Our first meet-up will be Sunday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m.

This Month’s Book

Where’s the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a two thousand mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former Marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience, and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.

Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountain tops and meals, it is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It’s about screw-ups and solutions, awe and inspiration.

If you long for the horizon, or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.

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October is Fall Hiking Month

Clear skies, crisp air, and vibrant colors of red, orange, and purple mean fall is here in the mountains. We’re welcoming it all month with free hikes and clinics; daily arrivals of the latest apparel, shoes, and boots; and the satisfaction of watching nature smile before it goes into hibernation.

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Please join us at one of these free events!

October 2 at 3:00 pm, Outdoor U: Winter Backpacking at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Parkway Center
Join AT thru hiker Jack Schroeder, a winter backpacking instructor of 5 years and veteran of cold weather backpacking, including a six month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, winter expedition in New Zealand, and a month long winter decent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

October 7 at 8:00 am, Lake Julian Bird Walk (meets at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Parkway Center)
Have you ever wanted to get to know the birds that you see and hear around you? Join international birdwatching guide Kevin Burke for an easy stroll around Lake Julian Park. We will spend a couple leisurely hours looking for as many birds as we can find. There will be plenty of time for questions and ID study of all the birds that we see.

October 12 at 6:00 pm, Women’s Gear Up for the Outdoors at Frugal Backpacker
Join us for this informative clinic and prepare yourself to get outside! Learn how to correctly fit a backpack, how to pack it, and proper footwear fitting. Hike in comfort and style.

October 15 at 9:00 am, Dog Friendly Hike at Haw Creek (meets at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Parkway Center)
Fall hiking with your pet in our WNC mountains has many enjoyable aspects: fall foliage, cooler temperatures, and lower insect activity all lead to a better hiking experience. A stocked hiking kit should include water (and a dish) for you and your dog, as well as snacks and basic first aid supplies.

October 15 at 9:00 am, Women’s Hike to Laurel River Trail (meets at Frugal Backpacker)
This is a moderate four mile hike with plenty of chances to enjoy the fall colors. We will be back to the store around 2:00.

October 22 at 3:00pm, Outdoor U: Women’s Fall Backpacking + Camping at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Parkway Center
Brittany States will share stories, advice, and necessities for backpacking and camping in the fall and winter. The fun and engaging talk will cover women’s specific packs, footwear, and apparel so you can enjoy spectacular scenery that comes with the change in seasons.

October 26 at 6:00 pm, Leave No Trace in the Outdoors at Frugal Backpacker
Learn how you can hike and camp in our great outdoors with minimal impact on the environment. Be a responsible hiker and help protect our beautiful mountains.

Thanks to Asheville Trails for the photo. Check out their 10 Favorite Trails for Autumn Color!

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More of Your Favorites Announced for the Asheville Outdoor Show

We couldn’t be more ecstatic to announce the final list of those of you can expect to see at the Asheville Outdoor Show. It’s a group of instantly-recognizable leaders in the outdoor industry, as well as locally-based gear companies who play on the international stage themselves. This is the biggest event of its kind in this area that’s been free and open to the public. Our customers are our North Star and you’ve told us you wanted something like this for awhile.

Chaco, Freefly, Howler Brothers, Mountain Hardwear, MSR, Osprey, Salomon, Seal Line, Smartwool, Therm-a-Rest, and Vasque will display their latest for fall and winter alongside several other previously announced brands. Bella & Oliver Soap Company, Falcon Guides, LightHeart Gear, Opal & Wonder, SunDrop Solar Trailers, and TearDrop Rentals join a who’s who of local gear makers.

The North Carolina Arboretum, which has a long relationship with Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker, joins other previously announced regional environmental and conservation nonprofits protecting the natural spaces in the North Carolina mountains. Adventure Center of Asheville, Prestige Subaru, and Wildwater Ltd. will also be at the show with creative ways to explore the Asheville area. Diamond Brand Outdoors’ tagline is Adventure Is Local so the surrounding community it well represented.

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The day will begin with a performance by Djembeso students from nonprofit LEAF Schools & Streets, followed by a reggae showcase hosted by Dennis “Chalwa” Berndt.

The first 300 attendees will receive a commemorative insulated personal cooler. Those attending the festival will enjoy last year’s perks including coupons, discounts, giveaways, raffles, and the chance to chat with industry leaders and demo the newest gear.

Previously announced outdoor brands announced includes Astral, Buff Headwear, Columbia Sportswear, Deuter, Eagles Nest Outfitters, ExOfficio, Farm to Feet, Fifth Element Camping, GO Easy, Goal Zero, Good to Go Gourmet, Gorilla Carriers, KEEN, Kelty, Klean Kanteen, LEKI, Marmot, Montrail, Mount Inspiration Apparel, NEMO Equipment, Oboz, Outdoor Research, Outdoor Tech, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, Rinse Kit, Salewa, Sea to Summit, SimpleShot, Stanley, Sylvan Sport GO, TerraForma Outdoor Solutions, Tilley Endurables, Toad&CO., Ursa Minor, and Wind Pouch.

Nonprofits already announced include Asheville Greenworks, Carolina Mountain Club, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mountain True, and North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Highland Brewing Company is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville, North Carolina.

Additional Vendors, Entertainment Announced for Asheville Outdoor Show

The wait is over! We’re happy to join Frugal Backpacker in announcing the entertainment and second set of vendors for the Asheville Outdoor Show. Another bonus announcement: the first 300 attendees will receive a commemorative insulated cooler, perfect for six cans of your favorite beverage. The free public expo brings top innovators from the most popular outdoor companies to recreation enthusiasts in the mountains of North Carolina. The Asheville Outdoor Show will take place on Sunday, September 18, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Highland Brewing Company’s Meadow (12 Charlotte Highway in Asheville).

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“The level of outdoor innovation that will be in Asheville is amazing,” said Chris Bubenik, Marketing Manager for Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker. “Our goal has always been to promote outdoor adventure and the lifestyle that comes along with it. Our mix of local talent and brands that are instantly recognized throughout the country is a reflection of our stores.”

Fifth Element Camping, GO Easy, Gorilla Carriers, Mount Inspiration Apparel, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, SimpleShot, Sylvan Sport GO, TerraForma Outdoor Solutions, and Ursa Minor are among the locally-based businesses that can be expected. Farm to Feet, Good to Go Gourmet, Kelty, Klean Kanteen, and Rinse Kit join other previously announced exhibitors.

Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park joins other environmental and conservation nonprofits protecting the natural spaces in the region. Hard Exercise Works will also be on hand with information about the Diamond Crusher, a group fitness competition scheduled for September 24.

LEAF Schools & Streets will hold a special performance at noon to kick off the day’s festivities. A reggae showcase hosted by local mainstay Dennis “Chalwa” Berndt will follow the performance.

Those attending the festival will enjoy last year’s perks including coupons, discounts, giveaways, raffles, and the chance to chat with industry leaders and demo the newest gear. This year includes an expanded music schedule, family adventure zone, yard games, and a nonprofit village. Highland Brewing’s line of beers and food will be available for purchase.

The first round of outdoor brands announced includes locally-based businesses Astral and Eagles Nest Outfitters, as well as Buff Headwear, Columbia Sportswear, Deuter, ExOfficio, Goal Zero, KEEN, LEKI, Marmot, Montrail, NEMO Equipment, Oboz, Outdoor Research, Outdoor Tech, Salewa, Sea to Summit, Stanley, Tilley Endurables, Toad&CO., and Wind Pouch.

The first round of nonprofits announced include Asheville Greenworks, Carolina Mountain Club, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Mountain True, and North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Highland Brewing Company is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville, North Carolina.

We’re Expanding the Asheville Outdoor Show This Year

We’re excited to join Frugal Backpacker to announce the first round of vendors for the Asheville Outdoor Show. In its second year, the free public expo brings top innovators from the most popular outdoor companies to recreation enthusiasts in the playground of the mountains of North Carolina. The Asheville Outdoor Show will take place on Sunday, September 18, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Highland Brewing Company’s Meadow (12 Charlotte Highway in Asheville). The festival is open to the public and features an expanded footprint in Highland Brewing Company’s Meadow with over 75 booths, Family Adventure Zone, live music, and games.

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“Diamond Brand Outdoors opened the area’s first outdoor lifestyle shop in 1964,” said Chris Bubenik, Marketing Manager for Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker. “We love the outdoors and making sure our customers have what they need for the best experience. That’s why we’ve made the Asheville Outdoor Show open to brands by invitation only. We want to showcase innovators known for their quality, variety, and uniqueness.”

Those attending the festival will enjoy last year’s perks including coupons, discounts, giveaways, raffles, and the chance to chat with industry leaders and demo the newest gear. This year includes an expanded music schedule, family adventure zone, yard games, and a nonprofit village. Highland Brewing’s line of beers and food will be available for purchase.

The day’s schedule, music lineup, raffle beneficiary, and additional vendors will be announced in two parts in mid-August and the beginning of September.

The first round of outdoor brands announced include locally-based businesses Astral and Eagles Nest Outfitters, as well as Buff Headwear, Columbia Sportswear, Deuter, ExOfficio, Goal Zero, KEEN, LEKI, Marmot, Montrail, NEMO Equipment, Oboz, Outdoor Research, Outdoor Tech, Salewa, Sea to Summit, Stanley, Tilley Endurables, Toad&CO., and Wind Pouch.

The first round of nonprofits announced include Asheville Greenworks, Carolina Mountain Club, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Mountain True, and North Carolina Outward Bound School.

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Highland Brewing Company is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville, North Carolina. Check out photos from last year below.

June is River Month at Diamond Brand Outdoors

Western North Carolina’s mountain rivers and streams are a great resource. They provide recreation, healthy ecosystems, reaxation, drinking water, and…well, they’re really pretty to look at. We’re celebrating WNC rivers all month with events inside and outside of our stores. Join us or celebrate your favorite rivers in your own way.

June 5 at 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. .:. Paddlesports Demo Day, Lake Julian
Just a stone’s throw from the French Broad, Lake Julian is a great place for fishing or enjoying still waters with friends. We’ll have our entire fleet of kayaks and SUPs available to try out. If you buy a boat, we’ll throw in a $100 gift card and take 20% OFF accessories. Summer’s just arriving and there’s no better way to enjoy it this year than on the river. (This is made possible by a partnership with Buncombe County Recreation Services.)
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June 9 at 6:00 p.m. .:. Kayak Fishing: How to Outfit Your Boat, Parkway Center Store
Kayak fishing is growing fast in our area as a relaxing and affordable way to get off the bank and access remote waters. Kayaks offer a stealth means of approaching easily spooked fish, but there are a few tips you should know. Join JD Desrosier of Wildy Pro for tips and suggestions on getting started in this eco-friendly and fun activity. This is the first in a monthly series.
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June 11 at 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. .:. Gear Swap with Liberty Bikes, Parkway Center Store
Whether you’re looking to score some cash by selling old gear that’s still got a lot of life in it or buy used quality gear at a great price, the annual Gear Swap is the place to be. We’ve teamed up with Liberty Bicycles again to host the swap in our joint parking lot and offer discounts at both of our stores. You’ll find plenty of good stuff to help you enjoy the river as well as a host of other outdoor activities.
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June 14 at 5:30 p.m. .:. French Broad River: Past, Present, & Future with RiverLink, Parkway Center Store
In the last decade, cleanup efforts have lead to an explosion of activity on the French Broad. Join River Link‘s Dave Russell as he highlights the amazing turnaround, the community that fueled it, and what’s ahead for this river that just keeps getting better with age.
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June 16 at 10:00 a.m. .:. River Cleanup with MountainTrue, Hominy Creek River Park
June MountainTrue‘s French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson and other volunteers to preserve and restore waterways as healthy ecosystems as well as recreational and aesthetic resources. All volunteers will receive a $10 gift card to Diamond Brand Outdoors. Becca Perry-Hill, manager of our downtown store, recently wrote about her experience volunteering with MoutainTrue.
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June 19 at 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. .:. Paddlesports Demo Day, Lake Julian
Another absolutely free opportunity to try out all of our kayak and SUP models. (This is made possible by a partnership with Buncombe County Recreation Services.)
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June 29 at 5:30 p.m. .:. Endless Trails Helles Beer Release, Catawba Brewing Company’s South Slope Tasting Room
Our friends at Catawba Brewing Company were one of the pioneers of craft brewing in WNC. Now, they’re raising a glass to celebrate the river and land trails we’ve helped people explore since 1964. We’ll also be raffling a kayak to benefit French Broad River Academy.
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Special Asheville Screening of The Long Start to the Journey, a Film About the Appalachian Trail

We’re hosting a special Asheville screening of The Long Start to the Journey, an official selection at the Atlanta Film Festival and RiverRun International Film Festival. Tickets are $7 and benefit the Carolina Mountain Club and Lifelines outdoor ministry. Each comes with a $5 coupon for Diamond Brand Outdoors. This event sold out last time it was in Asheville.

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From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

Back by standing-room-only popular demand, Asheville filmmaker Chris Gallaway will bring back another screening of his award winning documentary, “The Long Start to the Journey,” which premiered in Asheville last year to sold out shows.

Gallaway and his wife, Sunshine, have been busy since last year – they just welcomed their first baby in January. Congrats! Now they’re hitting the film circuit again, but want to make sure all of Asheville – which is home to oodles of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers – the chance to see the movie.

The scenic, yet sometimes brutal and tragic film details Gallaway’s 2013 thru-hike of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail, supported along the way by his wife, Sunshine.

Most recently the film won “Best in Show” at the Boone Film Festival. The movie is also now available on DVD and BluRay through the film’s website.

On May 7 Gallaway will host another Asheville screening to help meet the demand created at last year’s showing. Hosted by Diamond Brand Outdoors, the screening will be 7:30-9:30 p.m.at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. Part of the proceeds will go to the Carolina Mountain Club and Lifelines outdoor ministry. Tickets are $7.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.theATmovie.com.

To read the Citizen-Times story about the movie, click here.

Appalachian Trail: the 3.5 minute thru-hike from Horizonline Pictures on Vimeo.

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