UtahOutsider braves Outdoor Retailer

Attending the Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City is a bit like heading to the mall on Christmas Eve: be prepared for nuttiness and overstimulation. Read about snacks we discovered at the OR. Read about last year’s OR visit. That said, the OR presents much cooler stuff than any mall. Outdoor recreationalists who manage to […]

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UtahOutsider at Outdoor Retailer

How odd to be inside all week. At UtahOutsider, it goes against the grain. This week, however, was spent entirely indoors, horseless, dogless, trail-less. Small sacrifice for what will be gained for our readership! Specifically we were at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Palace was home to Outdoor […]

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Babbitt to Outdoor Industry: get your act together now

Utah and Bruce Babbitt have a history. In the 1990s, when he led efforts to designate nearly two million acres of the Grand Staircase Escalante area as a National Monument, folks here hung him in effigy. How foul was the vibe? The ceremony had to take place across the border in Arizona. The former Arizona […]

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Tempest Williams wows OR crowd

The Outdoor Retailer is all about the selly-selly-sell. Thousands of outdoor gear exhibitors tout their latest socks, stoves, skis, shoes, snowshoes, and shovels in the effort to wow thousands of buyers (or not). Increasingly, however, it’s also about organizing and affirming the outdoor industry’s growing political clout in order to tackle some serious and pressing […]

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We found great trail snacks

Here’s the thing with being outside and active: you get hungry. Read about getting out and cognitive decline. And the more you tune into your body, the pickier you become about what goes down the gullet. If you listen, your body will tell you what works and what doesn’t. And, if research shows that being […]

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Backpacker as a museum piece

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir   Reality is scary and boring. Wilderness is beautiful and tiresome. Getting Out is serene and challenging. Getting Out, however, might not rate when stacked against the clean, quick, […]

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Exploring the divide: Inside Outside

I always figured folks viewed the wilderness like I did: A place to cherish and protect. A place for quiet observation and reflection. A place where humans could be brought to their knees by the elements or by simple wonder. As I get older and as our population swells, I find myself craving wilderness more […]

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