This is one of those images (taken by Timmy O’Neill) worth a thousand words; something resonates about this image overlooking the Jackson ‘Hole’, taken from the summit of the Grand, Sept. 11, 2012. It’s Chad Jukes, friend of the Outdoor Industry, Paradox Sports and the world. He’s apparently hindered somehow by being a lower leg amputee, but I don’t see much evidence of that here. Doesn’t affect his trumpeting either, I can attest. But it does deepen the meaning and resonance of the image for outdoor professionals and for Americans that he lost … Read more ›
Some interesting links following the Summer Market 2012 show in SLC. The best attended and largest OR show to date. This will be updated and enlarged as more content flows from the industry…
AUG 10 UPDATE -
SNEWS take on the political tussle over public lands and the implication for OR
Gear Junkie 'Gear of the Show' awards – there was no shortage of truly innovative products at Summer OR. http://gearjunkie.com/best-in-show-outdoor-retailer-2012
AUG 9 UPDATE – This interesting article is well written, however our current contractwith SLC is through 2014 (not 2013 as is stated twice in the article).
Live … Read more ›
How about just a stream of consciousness phrase-fest of bytes I heard while in SLC this past week? That's about all my addled brain can put forth at the moment, and I'll follow with links that can tell the story more in-depth. Guess I'm still in 'space-efficiency' mode.
#hyperlocal BestORShowever #notallfunandgames – O.R.D. - OutsideBestOfShow #ProjectOR Bucking the economic Trend #consolidation #rebooting Lots of Newness #allstarjam Making Things In America #novelconcept Eco-Index rising, Influencers/Thought Leaders/Top Talent #showgoeson After Hours, Sierra Nevada beer, 'Granola Disneyland', belly laughing, outdoorretailerhub.com, SLC tight fit, SLC hospitality, OPE Photo Expo, Sustainable Business, Sustainable Living Roadshow, … Read more ›
OK so this is what blogging is for… to shed light on previously taboo or complex topics and engage an audience in a group dialogue, to uncover new ideas and otherwise improve transparency, effectiveness and connectivity within a group. No other subject is as contentious or crucial to the OR experience than the layout of the show floor. So… let's have at it, shall we? Chime in whenever, however, but please be respectful…
The description of how the process works was published in the last OR Daily round (day 3), at Winter Market 2011, and you can check that out … Read more ›
UPDATE 4-19 – Here is an article that has some concrete takeaways from the SXSW experience… and yes SXSW was, as all good events need to be, an Experience. http://bit.ly/dTkhRV
and another review of the SXSW event.
(original article below)
With Coachella staging now in SoCal, and South By Southwest (SXSW) just concluded in Austin, TX, the question lingers 'what are these events about?' and 'why do they draw so powerfully from the consumer base?
As an island nation Japan has designed brilliantly over many centuries to handle both earthquakes and tsunamis, but this latest event, unmatched in recorded history, tops any of the computer model scenarios that could be anticipated even today. Predictions have been ongoing for a west coast U.S. monster quake for over a decade, so Be Prepared fellow Californians…
Like New Zealand, the 'ring of fire' island nations are most susceptible to this 'one-two punch' of Quake into Tsunami. No side of the islands are safe, really…… check out this 'max energy' wave power map of NZ.
All we can do at … Read more ›
Well the whirlwind of the OR Summer show 2010 has subsided, except for those of you road-tripping on to points N/S/E/W. I didn't find any road trippers from the South, but certainly from every other direction and I bet there were a few willing to take highway and byway to SLC last week.
I know it's important to say, so I'll say it now that attendance at the show was up in all measured categories of buyers, stores, exhibitors, media, advocacy groups and overall attendance. This bucks the trend in the trade show industry for sure… But is that really … Read more ›
"Thanks to the Interstate Highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything." – Charles Kuralt.
Every two or three years I like to drive the 1305 miles from my home in Wisconsin to Outdoor Retailer. I haven't taken the long Ribbon of Boredom (a.k.a. Interstate 80) for years.
Son 1.0 is 17, and this is probably the last summer I'll have him at home. We did the Epic Guy Trip five years ago, and it was time for another. Instead of taking the northern route, we decided to go … Read more ›
Day 1–July 29, 2010
Burlington, WA to Sandpoint , ID
Yeah, they burn fossil fuel—about as much as a Prius, but unlike that battery-powered soup can, I am outdoors. I can smell it. I get cold, I get wet, I get hot, and sometimes I get scared. The sensations are remakably like the zen of a good climb or a stretch of whitewater paddling.
You have to be in the moment. If you are not—you get dead.
Maybe that’s why the smells are what you remember—the wet hay, the burnt forest, the … Read more ›
At the upcoming Summer Market show, you are going to see something new…. well, actually a lot of things new, so don't let that 'same airport, same cab, same hotel, same street walk, same restaurant' thing fool you. But ONE of the cool things you'll see is a new program rollout called '40+ Legacy Partners'. Is that a Subaru ad, or what?
No, not Subaru.
At this OR Summer we are honoring those brands who have been with us for 40 shows or more, a landmark that only 54 companies can claim rights to. The highest possible number of OR shows … Read more ›