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Sometimes I never know where my next adventure will take me or what I might find over the next mountain, but I do know it takes great gear and clothing to get me where I want to be.
At the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market I get the chance to see the products that will make my next adventure a great one. I attended the Outdoor Retailer Show for the first time during the winter market but this will be my first summer market. I’ll be tweeting on Twitter with handle @adventuregal1 the next few days with some of my great finds so be sure to follow me there.
I have to admit, I’m a little sad that Outdoor Retailer is leaving Salt Lake City after the show to move to Denver. While I’m positive Denver will be a great home for them and give them the growing space they have desired for so long, I want to implore the show to hold Denver and Colorado to the same standard they have demanded of Salt Lake and the state of Utah. In my mind, this means encouraging Colorado to create new National Parks and Monuments. With 66.5% of the state of Utah owned by the federal government and 13 national parks and monuments, I believe it has been and will continue to be one of the greatest outdoor meccas in the country. While Colorado can only boast 36.2% of the state one by the federal government, they too have 13 national parks and monuments and have a strong outdoor community as well. With the strong outdoor community in Colorado, I would love to see their state create more federally owned land that could be on par with the beautiful state of Utah and hope Outdoor Retailer will be at the forefront of making that happen.
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy meeting with manufacturers and retailers in Salt Lake and look forward to meeting them at the future shows in Denver.
And after I’m done spending the time at the show, I can’t wait to get outside again to try new things.