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Gregory Brand Ambassadors Launch Nationwide Speaking Tour About Backpacking New Zealand

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Gregory Mountain Products, a global leader in backpacks and adventure travel gear, announces a nationwide speaking tour, “Exploring New Zealand: Thru Hiking Te Araroa and Beyond.”

Starting Monday, May 1, at the Santa Fe REI in New Mexico, the free speaking events will stop at 29 retail stores, a brewery and town library across 17 states. The tour will wrap up at the Denver REI on Monday, July 24.

Gregory’s brand ambassadors, Patrice and Justin La Vigne, will share photos, Te Araroa route information, New Zealand side trips, Leave No Trace advice and gear recommendations in their 75-minute presentations. Te Araroa is one of the newest long-distance hiking trails in the world. The husband-wife team has collectively hiked 12,000 miles worldwide.

Gregory is excited to support the La Vignes, who have used the Gregory Baltoro and Deva packs on two different thru hikes, including Te Araroa in 2014-15.

At each event, participants will have the chance to win outdoor gear from the tour’s sponsors, including Gregory, Therm-a-Rest, Sawyer, Superfeet, Big Agnes, Cloudline and Backpacker Pantry.

To learn more about the speaking tour, visit the La Vigne’s website here:

For nearly 40 years, Gregory Mountain Products has been the leader in expedition, backpacking, daypacks and travel gear. World renowned for fit, durability and performance in all its products, Gregory has won awards for its pack designs from such diverse media outlets as Outside Magazine, Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, Men’s Journal, Consumers Digest and Alpine Magazine. Responsible for many industry firsts in backpacking fit and design, the Gregory research and design team continues to lead the way in innovative backpack technology and performance. For more information, visit

Since 2011, Patrice and Justin La Vigne opted to live a “life less ordinary.” The self-proclaimed modern-day nomads spend more time outside than inside with their main passion being backpacking and 12,000 trail miles between them. The husband-wife dynamic duo works here, there and everywhere across the United States, teaching environmental education and serving in the hospitality industry. They wear many hats, in particular as Leave No Trace Master Educators, motivational speakers, outdoor gear testers, writers and brand ambassadors for many gear companies. For more information, visit