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The Best and Worst Free Gear We Got at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

In Featured, Gear, News, Seasonal by ZoeGatesLeave a Comment

This week, the College Outside team is taking on the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO. Outdoor Retailer is the largest gathering of the outdoor industry, where thousands of vendors show off their freshest gear to retailers, media, and greedy interns like us. A trade show of this scale means lots of freebies, which we took the liberty of …

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OutThere Colorado: Leave No Trace this Winter with These Best Practices

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By Meg Atteberry, OutThere Colorado Just because the ground is covered doesn’t mean you can throw Leave No Trace out the window. Mountain ecosystems work overtime to survive in harsh winter weather. Keep your outdoor space pristine this winter with some Leave No Trace know-how. Travel Lightly and Check Your Coordinates Often Winter conditions typically lead to off-trail travel. The …

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What to pack for a pre-orientation trip

In Camping, Climbing, Featured, Gear, Hiking, Seasonal by AudreyMorris1 Comment

Pre-orientation trips are so unique because they give everyone access to cool outdoor activities without forcing them to go out and buy every single piece of outdoor group gear ever to come into existence. With the expensive main stuff covered, there are a few personal things that pre-orientation leaders should request all members to bring so everyone is prepared for the …

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All the gear you’ll need for climbing pre-orientation trips

In Climbing, Featured, Gear, Seasonal by AudreyMorris2 Comments

If your pre-orientation outfit runs climbing trips, there’s a whole other list of gear to stock up on in the rental shop. So, we’re here to make that job a piece of cake, with suggestions for the best shoes, harnesses, helmets, and other technical equipment for every leader, trip, and skill level.   CLIMBING SHOES For: The highly aggressive (climbing …

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The best gear for your pre-orientation trips and rental shop

In Camping, Featured, Gear, Seasonal by AudreyMorrisLeave a Comment

Going back to school is always a little bittersweet. It partially means trading in sunny weather and days on the river for sitting in classes listening to lectures while longingly staring out the window at the bluebird sky. But it also means rainless fall weather, winter’s approach (yay skiing!), Halloween, new classes, new friends, the start of another awesome year …