Outdoor Retailer

Adventure Activism, Commentary, Diversity, Outdoor Retailer / 03.08.2015

[caption id="attachment_2063178" align="aligncenter" width="489"] photo by John Maniaci[/caption]   Today is the launch of my first television commercial. I say first as if this will be the beginning in a procession of broadcast appearances, but as I indeed have a face for radio this could possibly be my last. So it goes. As it happens this week could actually mark instead the next phase of my rather sordid career. Through much of my life as The Outdoor Professional I’ve tried to stay pretty much invisible. My own story I prefer to...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Outdoor Retailer / 04.08.2014

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market starts this week in Salt Lake City Utah and everyone is excited about the many new products on display at hundreds of booths across the Salt Palace and out in the Pavilions. With thousands of attractions to tantalize the attention of attendees each exhibitor will do all that they can to catch the eye of every passing buyer. But even with the latest in design innovation and state-of-the-art technology vendors will have to ply a little more creativity to bring more customers into...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Fly Fishing, Magazines, Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Retailer, Summer / 21.07.2014

“Many (people) go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.” Henry David Thoreau ~ (1817 – 1862) Craig Amacker releases almost every catch. It’s not fish he’s after, but the experience of a day on the water, tiny moments of time when he’s directly connected to nature by a thin nylon filament. “It’s my escape, but it’s also my occupation,” Craig said as we cast our lines over the Wisconsin River. “It’s all about when that fish strikes and you know...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Outdoor Retailer, Special Events / 18.07.2014

On a singularly beautiful summer day, it’s hard to imagine spending even a single moment of it inside. But gathering in the final hours of the Outdoor Reps Association show in Madison, Wisconsin, retailers and sales professionals alike basked in the glow of flourescent lights at the Alliant Energy Center to conclude their business with a profound sense of satisfaction and optimism for good things yet to come. In the midst of exceptionally good weather nationwide and an economy in full rebound, buyers from shops across the country...

#ORShow, #ORWinter, Business, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Retailer / 23.01.2014

After a really long day at the Outdoor Retailer Show I'm up early to head back over to the Marriott for the breakfast meeting of the Conservation Alliance. The keynote speaker is National Geographic Explorer in Residence Wade Davis. His book The Sacred Headwaters is an amazing photo essay that details the struggles of protecting our last remaining pure wilderness areas from destruction and I'm really looking forward to hearing his comments this morning. As the saying goes arrive tired leave inspired! It's hard not believe that anything is...

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Retailer, Stand Up Paddling, Summer, Yoga / 01.08.2013

The energy was super high and business was brisk at the opening of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. From the Outdoor Industry Association breakfast meeting straight through the industry street party there was plenty of fun and excitement! Here are a few photographs to see what you might have missed. [fsg_gallery id="13"]   The Joy Trip Project is made possible thanks to the generous support of MAKO Surgical Corp. Ask your doctor if you're a candidate for MAKOPlasty....