Outdoor Retailer or bust!

Outdoor Retailer is my favorite holiday.  I am fully aware that OR is not an actual holiday, but it’s one of those special times of the year where I am surrounded by die-hard gearheads and the newest innovations in a  splendid microcosm of outdoor enthusiasts.

For me, it’s better than Christmas.  OR even makes my List-of-Things-I’m-Thankful-For at Thanksgiving Dinner.  Seriously.  I think I may have been made to walk that expo floor, dive head first into textile conversations and amino acid debates.  The smell of recycled nylon tents, the whoosh of avalanche barrier backpacks, and the reflection of big city lights of the newest polarized beauties – forget sugar and spice – these are the things little girls are made of.

This year, I had had bragging rights.  I made the OR Daily- TWICE.   That’s right, gentlemen.  Line up and take note.  The way to a woman’s heart is through legit camping gear and a passion to kayak, climb, surf and ski. (It helps if you can cook, too.  Just sayin’…)

Devon modeling the (hottaction) GoLite 1-Season Quilt

Devon modeling the (hottaction) GoLite 1-Season Quilt

I loved “modeling” (sans makeup and sleep) for GoLite.  Their gear makes anyone look good, so I jumped at the chance.

I was so honored to see the GoLite team (Dana, Kim and Coup) show up for the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Awards Banquet.  I was honored with this year’s First Ascent Award which “recognizes a junior level female with a notable commitment to leadership. This award presents a platform for the OIWC to nurture and support the industry’s next female leaders.”

OIWC First Ascent Award

OIWC First Ascent Award

Thank you to Kelly and Gordon for such heartfelt nominations.  The OIWC had planned a lovely awards ceremony for Wink and I.  I had family and friends fly in for the event, too.  Kelly made an incredible speech, which she delivered beautifully.  (She had me crying before I even got on stage to accept the award. )

I don’t know if it can top Winter Outdoor Retailer, but I’m already counting down the days until the summer show!


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