Starting next Thursday, Propster will set out on his 200-day journey from the North Country Trail Association Celebration in Hocking Hills, Ohio. He’ll work his way from east to west to 45 retailers and eight events, with his last stop on Oct. 30 at an REI in Las Vegas.
Any retailers who want to be a stop along the 2019 Get Out More Tour can apply here.
Brian Mangold, manager of the Valley View Walkabout Outfitter in Roanoke, Virginia, said the event—set for May 1 this time—drives customer engagement, and is a huge resource for the shop.
“It’s really nice to have a culmination of a bunch of brands come at one time,” Mangold said. “Randy is an awesome dude—super knowledgable and outgoing. From him, customers get a little bit more info than we’re able to give them while we’re working on the floor.”
The tour stopped at The Mountain Air for the first time last year and Haring said they were overwhelmed by the number of people who came out. Many were familiar faces, but there were also some new customers.
“Last year, being in April was awesome because it was the start of our backpacking season,” he said. “October for retail is the classic shoulder season so it’s good to have something to shoot for.”