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