Spring is just around the corner, denoting for many a transition from one seasonal sport to another. As skis, snowboards, and sleds are put away, running shoes, boating and camping gear, and mountain bikes make their seasonal debut. For those who find themselves with “too much stuff” in their garage, a gear swap just might be the answer. Fremont Adventure Recreation and the Cañon City High School Mountain Bike Team invite the public to their first annual Outdoor Recreation Gear Swap, providing an opportunity for individuals to both purchase and sell used gear in a swap-meet-style setting. Hosted by Driftwood and Clay Studio (now occupying the old Walt’s Appliance building at 428 S. 9th Street in Cañon City), the event is a fundraiser for the CCHS Mountain Bike Team.
Individuals are invited to sell gear – new, used, and in good condition – at the gear swap, to be held on March 27. “This is a great way to pull out gear you our your kids have outgrown, you just do not use, or you have as a result of upgrading to new gear, ”says mountain bike coach Kristyn Econome.
Gear can include (but need not be limited to) camping equipment, boating gear including paddles and apparel, bikes and bike parts, athletic clothing, specialty equipment, rock climbing equipment, and related gear. Items should be in good condition and ready to sell. Those interested in selling gear can reserve a 6 ‘table / space and sell their own goods for a $ 30 reservation fee, and retain all profits from their sales. Individuals can also “hire” the mountain bike team to sell their gear and donate 25% to the team. Those who wish to simply donate gear to the team may drop gear at Driftwood and Clay on March 19 from 9-11: 00 am or on March 20 from 9-11: 00 am A tax donation receipt will be made available to those who donate their goods. The swap will take place on March 27 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
The event is a fundraiser for the Canon City High School Mountain Bike Club, which supports a team of riders who compete in races on cross-country mountain bike courses across Colorado, including Durango, Leadville, Buena Vista, Snowmass, and Eagle. The Colorado High School Cycling League hosts mountain bike races for student athletes in grades 9-12. Over 1,800 Colorado students usually compete, and the Cañon City team had 8 representatives in 2021, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Travel costs, entry fees, and jersey costs can run high, and the team is interested in offsetting these costs by putting helping to organize and work at the gear swap. “It’s kind of like doing a bake sale or a car wash for our team, but it’s selling outdoor and mountain bike gear,” says Econome.
This year, team member Nathania Smith presented her Capstone project to the Canon City School Board, asking the district to recognize mountain biking as a lettering sport. The team also practices throughout the remainder of the school year as a club, enjoying local trails and camaraderie.
For more information on the swap, please visit http://www.joinfar.org/gear-swap.html or contact Ashlee at coordinator@joinFAR.org.