Well the 21st annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is now a wrap. I'm afraid I will never get around to thanking all the dozens, no HUNDREDS of people who contributed to the success of the little show that could... btw there are great links below for HAITI help and to video and stories on OR Winter 2010 if you want to skip over my nostalgic storytelling...
My first visit to a Winter show was when I made store manager for Adventure 16; I had just gotten my ears wet for a few months running a little backpacking shop in the San Fernando Valley when I was whisked off to Las Vegas for the SIA show, where there was a small representation, in a back, dank ballroom, of outdoor brands we needed to see. The ski show was a glam-fest, which wasn't that odd to me given my L.A. roots (my dad attended Hollywood High School, even). It was clear, even then, that our little market was an afterthought to the burgeoning fur-lined high heel fashion show going on in the main hall.
So fast forward to last week, and the Winter Market born in 1989 has grown up into an electric, thriving beehive of commerce on it's own, celebrating and gathering brands and dealers selling outdoor gear for real use in the natural environment, both on and off the resort. At the 2010 version of OR Winter, Jeremy Jones' POW (Protect Our Winters), Transworld Business, Trew and Venture Snowboards presence on the show floor for the first time showed a new inclusive atmosphere that joins resort and backcountry focused businesses together, really for the first time.
More images, stories and video from the show will be posted up as the show shrinks in the rear view mirror, so feel free to chime in under 'comments' to guide fellow readers of this blog to other legit content... beware spammers and flamers, got my finger on the delete button just for you.
Check out the following links to see video spots and hear about the show from different viewpoints...
http://www.outdoorretailer.com/winter_market/show/livefromor (featuring Timmy O'Neill MC!)
HAITI SUPPORT UPDATE - see below for several different industry initiatives to choose from to support efforts on the ground in Haiti
Exhibitors are invited to donate show products - logistics will be provided by Terramar, Sierra Trading Post & Eric Larsen (THANKS for your strong efforts at show to pull this together!)
Logistics will work like this:
1. At the end of the show, participating vendors will package and ship their relevant show product they are donating to:
Sierra Trading Post
5121 Campstool Road
ALL PACKAGES MUST BE MARKED: ROBIN JAHNKE /
2. Product must arrive at Sierra Trading Post's warehouse within 10 days following the show
(that would be by FEBRUARY 8, 2010)
3. All products must be labeled HAITI RELIEF.
4. Sierra Trading Post will ship to
Haitivia the Red Cross or another reputable relief agency.
Doctors United For Haiti - option for gear donations not flowing through Port-Au-Prince
Paul Fish, of Mountain Gear, has recommended this outfit to get critical gear on the ground going around the main squeeze zone of Port au Prince, using private transport delivering straight to doctors on the ground in Haiti. There is a detailed list of gear needs evident on the following sites:
Coordinate gear for this approach via;
Mountain Gear, Inc
6021 E Mansfield Ave
Outdoor Industry Association
Working with AmeriCares (http://www.americares.org/), the OIA is calling on members to dig deep to support those areas devastated by earthquake in Haiti.
AmeriCares has disaster workers on scene and is planning immediate relief flights and sea shipments from their headquarters in
. Their immediate product needs are:
Medical Supplies First Aid Kits Bandages and Soaps
Face Masks – Medical Water Purification Headlamps
Tarps Work Gloves Hydration Containers
To donate this urgently needed product/equipment contact: Randy Weiss at AmeriCares at (203) 658-9527 or email@example.com. All donations will be delivered by air and sea directly to the region by AmeriCares.
If you are a gearhead and want to see the latest posts on gear reviews from the show, check these links out... more to come.