CAVEMAN'S DIRTBAG SPONSORSHIP
On May 1st of 2016, our buddy Lucas (trail-name, Caveman) left for the Mexico border so he could hike the Pacific Crest Trail. We had our concerns. Lucas was 6'6", skinny as can be, and hiking alone. But he was excited, and his energy was inspiring and contagious. Approximately 300-miles in, Caveman started reaching out, asking us to send him "some of that coffee chocolate" we'd been making in our class project at UW. We happily sent him some big bags of chocolate, resealable so they wouldn't leak into his pack if and when they melted, with encouraging notes written on the front. Whenever he ran out, we'd have another bag waiting for him at the closest pit-stop. As Caveman was finding his stride on the trail we were finding ours as chocolatiers. Doing our tiny part to help our close friend wind his way home turned making candy into making chocolate with an energizing purpose.
Our inaugural Dirtbags
Meet Jamie and Ben! They are our awesome 2018 CDS Sponsees. Jamie is an adventure activist, environmentalist, filmmaker, and the self proclaimed queen of dade jokes. Jamie kicked off the trail on April 6th and hopes to make it to Manning Park by September 9th. Ben (aka Rockwipe) is a hardcore dude who believes in the value of experiences over things and has showcased that by traveling all over the country in his van taking beautiful photos. Ben started his PCT Trek on May 7th.
Happy trails you two!
Thank you so much to Patagonia Seattle, and Lighthouse Roasters for helping us with this! And just so you know, this is not a memorial or a remembrance of Caveman! He is alive and well, lives in Seattle, is dating an awesome gal he met on the PCT, and is helping us organize this whole ordeal. Just thought we should clarify.