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Kahtoola Partners with Trek for Trevor Foundation to Promote Hiker Safety on the Pacific Crest Trail

March 12, 2024

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Catherine Donovan Terra PR 307-733-8777

Flagstaff, Ariz. (March 12, 2024) – In a continuous effort to improve hiker safety along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Kahtoola has partnered with the Trek for Trevor foundation alongside Nomad Ventures and the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation to support the Trevor Spikes Program for its fourth year.

Named in memory of Trevor “Microsoft” Laher, who tragically lost his life on the trail in 2020, the Trek for Trevor foundation is dedicated to improving hiker safety through education and awareness campaigns. Through the Trevor Spikes Program, PCT hikers can purchase Kahtoola MICROspikes® traction devices at a discount through Idyllwild-based Nomad Ventures and pick them up at the start of the San Jacinto Mountains at Paradise Valley Cafe. New for 2024, the program extends its support by including Camp Corsa ice axes alongside traction devices, catering to the diverse needs of hikers facing various trail conditions.

In a heartfelt reflection, father Doug Laher shared, “In a sea of grief in which waves of sorrow, sadness and despair were constantly washing over us, the Trevor Spikes Program was the only thing that brought a sense of normalcy to our lives. By helping others, this program, and subsequently the formation of the Trek for Trevor foundation, ensured that Trevor’s death was not in vain – that something good was able to come of his tragedy.”

Danny Giovale, owner and founder of Kahtoola, remarked, “Our partnership with the Trevor Spikes Program speaks to our shared belief in the importance of preventing accidents. It’s also an acknowledgement of the nature of adventure – risk is inherent in these environments, but we can accept that mitigation, not elimination of risk, is the key to rewarding outdoor experiences. In memory of Trevor and in recognition of the tireless work that Doug is doing, we are honored to support the newly established Trek for Trevor foundation with a monetary donation in their ongoing efforts to enhance hiker safety.”

The Trevor Spikes Program is a collaborative effort funded by the Trek for Trevor foundation and the Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation, with the support of Kahtoola, Nomad Ventures, and Paradise Valley Café, helping to reduce the barriers to essential equipment on the trail. As the PCT welcomes a new class of hikers, the Trek for Trevor foundation and the Trevor Spikes Program continue to honor Trevor Laher’s memory and the resilience of the hiking community, ensuring a safer trail for all.

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About Kahtoola: Established in 1999, Kahtoola crafts exceptional outdoor gear with a commitment to philanthropy, conservation, and sustainability. Kahtoola’s gaiters, hiking crampons, and flexible footwear traction systems, including MICROspikes®, EXOspikes™ and NANOspikes®, are built to improve safety and performance. Every product is thoughtfully designed and vigorously tested at the brand’s Flagstaff, AZ headquarters high on the Colorado Plateau. Owned and operated by founder Danny Giovale, Kahtoola proudly grants 1% of annual sales through the Kahtoola Philanthropy Program to organizations that support indigenous cultures, outdoor community and environmental responsibility. For more information, please visit

About Trek for Trevor: Founded by Doug and Karen Laher in memory of their son Trevor “Microsoft” Laher, Trek for Trevor is a foundation whose mission is to promote safe hiking and exploration through preparation, awareness and education. With a passionate team committed to making a difference, the Trek for Trevor foundation creates campaigns and content to educate hikers on the importance of preparation and emergency response. For more information on the foundation’s initiatives, visit