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It’s 5 a.m. on a Thursday, and while the world was sleeping, 130 of us were awake at the trailhead at Mt. Baldy. There was a little bit of trail magic that morning. I stepped out and could instantly smell the dirt, hear the sound of the trees and witness the sun rise over the […]

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The REI Outessa Summit

Remember that blog post that we did earlier this year highlighting women’s only events around the country? Well add another amazing event to the list – Outessa! The first ever REI Outessa Summit is right around the corner. The first two events of the summit will take place at the  Kirkwood Resort near Lake Tahoe, […]

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8000 Meter Challenge

What did I get myself into? A casual conversation with John Drollinger, my Marmot rep in SoCal, has now turned into me participating in the 8000 Meter Challenge in September. The challenge, sponsored by Jansport  is an exclusive hiking / trail running event for outdoor industry retail staff and brand representatives. Participants will climb the […]

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I Believe

Tonight will be the quarterly network nights for the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC). Events will be held all throughout the country, including Seattle, Southern California, Boston, Portland, and in the Bay Area. Each event involves a discussion (often small group break-outs) on a specific professional development topic, time for networking, and a tour of the […]

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Three Thoughts Thursday

Dear Readers, I pledge to you that I will be doing a bi-weekly blog on Thursdays and will be calling  it “Three Thought Thursdays”. I will post a new blog entry that calls out some of the coolest things that I have seen from that week. Topics will be everything from industry insights, books, new […]

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Dawn Patrol Gratitude

That moment when you reach the top of the peak and you look over the horizon and see the alpenglow hit the tops of the mountains. One by one, each peak takes on a whole new look, richly colored hues enhanced by red glowing bands of clouds reflecting over the mountain range. As we climb […]

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Run to the Hills

There seems to be a trend with my blog post titles, referencing rock and roll songs, but really I can’t help it. I had a great SIA trade show with a number of successful meetings, presentations, and was featured on the cover of the SIA Daily as a “Women to Watch” – couldn’t have asked […]

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Truckin’

I have never been a huge Grateful Dead fan – If any, only from a distance. But one of my favorite places to eat and listen to music is the Terrapin Crossroads. The Terrapin is nestled in the heart of Marin county, owned by Phil Lesh, one of the founding members and guitarist for the Grateful […]

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Three minutes with Ski Magazine

Day one of any trade show seems to be when we are the most slammed with appointments with clients, press, athletes, you name it. It doesn’t matter how busy I am, when I hear “Katie, Katie – Ski Magazine is here in the booth can you give them your thoughts on the Marmot  Cheeky Pant”? […]

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Ohh Barracuda….

“Fish on!”, wait not again. Damn, okay everyone get your rods in so (everyone else besides me) could reel in their fish. While on vacation, visiting family in Belize, we decided to go fishing. You know that there is “fishing” and then there is “catching.” Well, everyone else was catchin’ barracuda, I merely was fishing. […]

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