I was fortunate enough to chosen as part of Columbia Sportswear’s Fall 2013 #omniten cohort in September. After having heard about the Spring 2012’s trip to Havasupai, Fall 2012’s Park City exploits and Spring 2013’s Rogue River rafting adventure I didn’t hesitate for a second—I absolutely wanted in. Soon, the mysterious #omnigames concept emerged: Fall 2013 would be competing, as would all three previous groups.
The #omnigames were incredible and the #omniten lived up to the #tryingstuff experience but that wasn’t the best part. Not even by a long shot. Instead it was my fellow #omniten.
Living on the road can be lonely sometimes. I’m lucky to have F and Sprocket to travel with and there are often serendipitous encounters along the way but a traveler rarely gets to completely relax and be themselves enveloped in the company of friends. As someone who is initially a bit reserved, I particularly struggle with this.
Prior to landing in Park City, I’d met a handful of #omniten in person and interacted with quite a few via Twitter, their blogs, Facebook, and Instagram. Tapping into this network had already enriched my life with some outdoor adventure and a wonderful adventure-centric internet crew. I was excited to have more adventures and meet a few friends.
Instead of making just a few friends, I found that the #omniten are my people. In the shuttle, in the #omniten Hub, at dinner, on the slopes, in the hot tub, in No Name Saloon, at the Freestyle World Cup, eating delicious hors d’ouvres around fires, on the Twister mat, on buses and in vans, in my hotel rooms, in late night chill sessions, at a fashion show, on ropes courses, in tiny show shelters, on snowmobiles, during a press conference, playing Cards Against Humanity, on social media, and so much more we bonded and had a blast. I felt so happy, welcomed, and surrounded by adventurous friendship all week. It was the most incredible feeling!
To all of the #omniten, each and every one of you: thank you. You, more than everything we did made my week. Not only did I meet people who are game for #tryingstuff but I met genuine, friendly, wonderful people. By your sides, I laughed and played harder than I had in a long time. The competition was friendly, supportive, and (perhaps, best of all) still intense. You all were absolutely the best.
The final competition of #omnigames is sharing our stories. Since my story at #omnigames is the story of all the #omniten, I’m starting with them. (More coming from me about our activities, the competition, and how it all felt for me soon!) Their blogs, Twitter accounts, and Instagrams are full of #omnilove right now but don’t miss all their other fun adventures as well!