“Hard Times” bring out the best in #TryingStuff

In 1938 two German nationals, who had fled what was then the embattled country of Germany, bought a small hat company with the hopes of making a better life in the United States; to be more specific in Portland, Oregon.  This company did well built upon the idea that “success comes to those who try” and was later taken over by their daughter’s husband.  While I can tell you the rest of the story, why not see it for yourself!

As you can see, Columbia Sportswear is a company that has long been about #TryingStuff. As was said in the video, Columbia Sportswear is determined to “out try” their competitors.  

It was in this way of thinking that the #OmniTen program was created.  The company decided to push their own comfort by getting reviews and opinions on new technologies from real people who live an active, outdoor lifestyle.  People who would actually be using their company’s gear for everyday adventures in #TryingStuff.

#TryingStuff in Columbia gear way before my #Omniten invitation

#TryingStuff in Columbia gear way before my #Omniten invitation

After three seasons of amazing trips centered around new technologies such as Omni-Freeze, Omni-Freeze Zero, Omni-Dry, and Omni-Heat, the company added one more group of ten and has taken it a step further with the #OmniGames.  As you may have seen in many blog postings yesterday (like some from Joshua and Katie Boue), the games were intense and such a blast.  For Weston and I, it was all about #TryingStuff.  

Team 8 trysing dog sledding!

Team 8 trying dog sledding!

We had never met in person until the morning of our team pairings yet we instantly became friends who not only helped each other through each challenge but had so much fun doing so, that we couldn’t help but share our excitement by causing crazy scenes while loudly cheering on other teams.

For us #tryingstuff not only meant pushing ourselves to new levels in a competition filled with things one or both of us had never done (like archery, building an emergency shelter in the snow, a ropes course over 50ft in the air, & dog sledding), but it also meant testing out amazing new gear like the TurboDown jackets (expertly described here by Katie Levy) and making or strengthening friendships that will no doubt last a lifetime.

Team 8 got busy #tryingstuff & pushing our limits (picture of me on the ropes is courtesy of David Creech)

Team 8 got busy #tryingstuff & pushing our limits (picture of me on the ropes is courtesy of David Creech)

Stay tuned for more about Team 8’s adventures in #TryingStuff during the #OmniGames and what it means to be #Inspiredbygreatness!!!

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7 responses to this post.

  1. That ropes course photo of you like a starfish is flipping fantastic!

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  2. Posted by Pam on January 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I think you have the coolest adventures….I love reading about them. Live life to the fullest!

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  3. Didn’t know that about columbia and just made em that much cooler. Also sounds like an awesome adventure and great picture!

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  4. […] I said earlier this week (“Hard Times” bring out the best in #tryingstuff), Columbia developed the #OmniTen program to challenge themselves, but what they may not have […]

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