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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

2013 has been an exceptional year at Chaco.  We made amazing footwear, we gave away a lot of stickers and we planned 2014.  We thought we would close out the year with a look back at 2013 and a look forward to 2014. Above all, we are grateful for the Chaco community and the opportunity we have to share in your adventures! 

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PACK RAT OUTDOOR CENTER GUEST BLOG 2013

The Team from Pack Rat Outdoor Center told us how they wear their Chacos:

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Green Race Legacy

Green Race Legacy

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Lessons from the River

By Chris Gragtmans

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bees

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With a Little Help From Our Friends, Chaco Aid to Lend a Hand to the Southeast

No one can be too prepared for a natural disaster, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t all pitch in to lend some luv and support to restore lost lives, homes and smiles.

I spent many a summer paddling canoes and kayaks through the streets of my childhood landscape, rescuing cats, picking up trash and patrolling to help prevent vandalism. I say streets instead of rivers because every now and then the mighty Mississippi would flood our precious fields, towns and homes. The flood of ’93 is still visible half-way up multiple story buildings where, like a tattoo, the water left its mark. That was the summer that with calloused hands from weeks of sandbagging, the levy finally broke and instead of filling anymore sandbags, we filled our hearts with prayers, knowing that nature cannot be stopped.

Within the Chaco brand, each of us could tell a similar story, about an avalanche, a mudslide, a hurricane or a tornado …we have all been witness to such erratic and ever-present disasters. However none of our experiences can come near to the most recent experience in the Southeast, specifically Alabama. Many of our most incredible retail partners are in this area and for that reason alone, we felt the need to lend a hand and some shoes. Chaco has been in touch with 4 varying retailers in the Southeast: Mountain High Outfitters, Kinnucan’s, Eagle Eye Outfitters and Alabama Outdoors and our Facebook + Twitter Chaconians to better understand what type of help is most needed at a time like this. The response to this inquiry was clear …shoes + money. So, instead of picking organizations ourselves, we encouraged these 4 retailers to choose local organizations within their territories that we could send some financial luv + product to.

Below is a list of the organizations.

1) Junior League of Birmingham: 2011 Storm Relief
In the name of Mountain High Outfitters

2) Humane Society of West Alabama
In the name of Kinnucan’s

3) East McFarland Baptist Church, Pastor, Doug Reeves, 6007 McFarland Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 205.345.2560
In the name of Eagle Eye Outfitters

4) Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 020410, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35402, 205.758.7588
In the name of Alabama Outdoors

On behalf of Chaco, our hearts of full of luv for you all. As my dad would often say when the shit hit the fan, “This too shall pass.”

Take good care.
Luv,
Team Chaco

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2 Legged + 4 Legged Chaco Thru-Hikers

We received this letter and photo from some dear Chaconians via our Chacosphere. Knowing that amount of dog lovers out there, we thought that we’d share their story with you all! Best of luck to you, Caterina, Michael and Honey Bunny! Happy trails!

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Chaco Contest Winner – Nastassja Pace

With the help of WEND magazine http://www.wendmag.com/ and in support of 5 Gyres http://5gyres.org/ Chaco sponsored an art contest. This contest was meant to encourage fellow creatives to do something about the plastics in their community. We are stoked to announce that out of 115 entrants, all of which were absolutely outstanding, we have a WINNER! Congratulations to Nastassja Pace! Due to the win, we asking Staj to write up some comments on what inspired her piece and who she is …so read on for more good ju-ju!

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What's a Chaconian?

You are Chaco!

Chaconians are our pride and joy! They pound pavement, trails, and waves. They teach, reach, and perform. They're people who trust their Chacos, and we're honored to support them.