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Limited-Edition Tennessee River Gorge Trust Nalgene

Rock/Creek and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust have been working together for some time now to protect our natural resources through events and fundraisers. In fact, one of our co-founders, Dawson Wheeler, recently served on the board of the organization.

Now we’re excited to announce a gift with purchase and fundraiser where you can get an extremely limited-edition Nalgene bottle with the TRGT logo along with Rock/Creek and The North Face.

While they last, you can get yours free with any day pack purchase from The North Face. Just buy a day pack from us in stores or online and you’ll get this $10 value water bottle for free. We’ll donate $1 and The North Face will match it, so $2 from your purchase will go to land conservation through the Trust. [Note: online link coming soon; bottles available in stores staring 8/4/15]

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Don’t know much about the Tennessee River Gorge? Take a minute to watch this great video explaining why it’s worth preserving:

If you’d like to make a donation directly, click here to do that. Join the Trust today to be invited to all kinds of fun events, and you’ll be a part of protecting the Gorge, forever.

Read about our staff Mark and Brian’s freezing winter off-trail bushwhack with TRGT director Rick Huffines.

See the $2,500 donation we presented to the Trust before our Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race in April, here on Instagram.

The Tennessee River Gorge consists of 27,000 acres of beautiful mountainous terrain, carved out of the Cumberland Mountain range by 27 miles of the Tennessee River. This Gorge is the fourth largest canyon east of the Mississippi and is unique because it begins a mere five miles downstream from the city of Chattanooga. You can paddle into the Gorge or head straight there by car and experience it from above at overlooks like Snooper’s Rock on the Mullins Cove Loop, or at water level at the historic Pot Point Cabin. The Gorge is particularly special for us because we run two of our marquee trail races, the R/C River Gorge race mentioned above and the upcoming R/C StumpJump 50k, taking place the first Saturday of October every year. Runners enjoy a beautiful view of these protected lands thanks to the visionary folks who set up the Trust many years ago.

As you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of work to keep 27,000 acres pristine. Ongoing projects like marking borders and mitigating previous damage cost quite a bit of money and require thousands of volunteer hours. If you haven’t seen the bird banding lab, or talked to Rick about plans to study cliff ecology, you should definitely ask about volunteer opportunities.

In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.

— Baba Dioum