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Vote for me to win a trip to Montana!

Well, I won one contest. So why not another one? The odds of winning are way better than the lottery, and hey, somebody’s got to win these things! Montana Tourism and Backpacker Magazine are hosting a “Step Out of Bounds in Montana” contest to find a two person team to explore the state on a… Read more »

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Outdoor Retailer Day 4

My “People You Should Know” feature is up in the last O.R. Daily. There was no work to do today so we got a late start after the late night. Trying to pack all the new stuff I picked up here in the already full bags I brought was fun. Then Saveria and I headed… Read more »

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Outdoor Retailer Day 3

My Backpacker articles from yesterday: How to Walk on Water Your First Touring Boots Today I worked on O.R. Daily again, this time for the “People You Should Know” feature. I had a great time looking for the people and got to talk to a lot more interesting folks during the search. Once my assignment… Read more »

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Outdoor Retailer Day 2

The articles I wrote yesterday are live on Backpacker’s website: Sleep Warm While Winter Camping Transcendental Boots And, I’m featured in today’s O.R. Daily! Today was another hectic day working for Backpacker: shadowing editors for a couple of hours, looking for new products, and then sitting in the newsroom writing for a couple of hours…. Read more »

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Outdoor Retailer Day 1

First, check out the feature I worked on yesterday in today’s O.R. Daily. I worked on the “Question of the Day.” I woke up early this morning to make sure I got a spot to see the keynote presentation by former CEO of REI and current Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell. I’m so glad… Read more »

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Outdoor Retailer Day 0

Before we even left the hotel room, we got gifts in the form of wicking hats and pedometers from Montane. We can register the pedometers at their booth later to enter the Outdoor Retailer Winter Marathon, and whoever walks the most can win prizes. Today was All Mountain Demo Day. We headed up to Solitude… Read more »

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Outdoor Retailer Pre Show

Today I flew out to Salt Lake City to get ready for the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, which starts tomorrow. I’ve been through the airport here once before on a connection but have otherwise never been to Utah. The mountains surrounding the city are beautiful right now. And then we got a little lower, and… Read more »

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Backpacker Reader Reporter Team

Backpacker has officially posted the winners of its Be a Gear Tester Contest. Check out the other winners’ videos here. Everyone looks like fun and I can’t wait to get started with them! I’ll be flying out to Salt Lake City on January 20th for the show. You can sign up for updates directly from… Read more »

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Backpacker 2014 Be a Gear Tester Contest

I found out about Backpacker’s 2014 Be a Gear Tester contest on December 4th and entries were due December 15th. I thought I’d be a great candidate since I’m a gear junkie, I just thru hiked, I love Backpacker, and I would really love a free trip to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt… Read more »