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Brands to Follow

Working for a large company can sometimes make you forget about where it all began. ya know, you forget the ‘started from the bottom now we here’, because, well you’ve just always been here. Most people don’t see it at the bottom. There are some rad companies out there, just getting started, that you may not know about, but that are just as great if not better than the bigger known companies currently in existence. This is where I come in. I present to you, the 4 most awesome brands to follow. (In no particular order.)

Helm St. HelmStreet

Land. Sea. Garage., is one of the first things you’ll see when you enter their site. This nature inspired, skateboarding fueled, American tradition, metal and leather company is something you will want to see, as well as get your hands on. They make products ranging from metal rings and combs, to leather wallets and lighter jackets. Their stuff is pretty much the sh*t, so take a big whiff.


I’m sure at some point in your life you have wished to have some sort of talent, that comes easy to you, that you can make a living off of. Well this next company is just that. Arkaid Supply is a bunch of rad doodles, placed on t-shirts, sweatshirts, paper, stickers, and even on peoples skin. Yea, people love this art so much they make it permanent…Which is a wonderful segue into my next pick.

Permanent VacationPermanetVacation

Alright, I bet you’re already intrigued because, lets face it, who doesn’t want a permanent vacation? This is a brand new, up and coming skateboard company that has a lot to offer considering the massive competition in the skateboarding world. Their bright board graphics and chill vibes have got everyone hyped. These guys are so new to the game, they don’t even have a website yet; Check them out here if you’re interested.

ATR ChoppersATRChoppers

ATR (At the Risers) Choppers is a company started by a rad dude who builds choppers in his spare time. In between winning awards and showcasing his bikes around the world, he’s slangin’ his rad T’s and other novelty goods. His small, limited runs of hats, shirts, pins etc. are something you’ve gotta check out…before their gone forever! (evil laugh)


Welp, those are my 4 picks for awesome brands to follow. Take it or leave it.

Go Fest

Well, another year of GO Fest Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival has come and gone. We’re sad to see it go, but with the activity filled weekend, we will have enough awesome memories to last us another year. Check out our booth we had set up, and see all the fun we had while listening to some rad bands, The Big Turtle Shell, and slangin’ our gear of course.

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We setup a table in front of the local ODT retailer, Provisoner, and performed product demos.

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We ran some games for consumers, to showcase how awesome our ODT products are…obviously.

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Race to see who fills the shot glasses first – winner gets a Yowie!

These were our soon-to-be-married super heroes. They had a blast participating before their nuptials.

The Provisioner Shop ran a fun contest inside their store involving a map of Whistler. Customers got to place a pin on the map, guessing where there might be a buried treasure. At the end of the day, the shop staff picked a random location out of a hat, and the winner received an ODT item of their choice.

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Across the walkway, in the village square, Vans had a mini ramp where kids were skating the day away. It was all positive vibes and fun to be had.

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All in all it was a great time. Canada can do no wrong. Until next year, Go Fest.

High Fives Foundation: 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The 6th Annual High Fives Foundation Charity Golf Tournament in Tahoe was once again a success. 136 golfers participated in 18 holes of scramble golf at The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing. Thanks to all of the contributors, the foundation was able to raise $17,500 to support the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of traumatically injured mountain action sports athletes!! High five, guys! (pun intended) Check out all the fun they had below, and be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming events!

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Tournament Results//

1st Place: Team Fuller Belly Deli (Roy Tuscany, Steve Wallace, Jason Waters, Dylan Griffin)
2nd Place: Team Sparty Nation (Charlie Miller, Frank Wells, Chris Schuster)
3rd Place: Team Belfor (Paul Gardener, Bob Leighton, Chris Nelson, Chaz Horsey)

Contest Winners//
Break the Glass– Eric Barton
Men’s Long Drive– Andy Barr
Men’s Closest to the Pin– Jeff Stone
Women’s Long Drive– Shannon Carey
Women’s Closest to the Pin– Sky Rondonet
Putting Contest– Max Baillargeon
Baseball Bat Longest Drive– Chris Simpson

5 simple camping mistakes you will want to avoid

Camping, whether it be with your friends, your family, your colleagues, or just yourself can be a great experience for the mind body and soul. There are many simple mistakes that can be made whilst doing it and can ultimately ruin something that was suppose to be great. Follow these simple steps and you should be able to avoid any unnecessary frustration and get through your next camping trip as smooth as possible.

  1. one of the biggest mistakes people make before heading out on their camping trips is forgetting to examine their tent. We will just skip over the fact that you have hopefully already purchased a tent to fit you and whoever you are camping with, as well as one that is easy enough to assemble depending on your camping experience. We’ll head right into that it is so important to make sure that 1. your tent is in good condition (no holes, no rips or tears, zippers working, etc.), and 2. you have all the pieces that go along with it (poles, stakes, etc). The last thing you want is to arrive at your campsite, whether its hiking for 3 hours or driving for 3 hours, and your tent has a giant hole in it, or you’re missing the cover.
  2. another common mistake campers make is counting on their campsite to provide fire wood. Unfortunately, not everything is like the movies and the likelihood of finding perfectly dry, thick pieces of wood to start your campfire are slim. If you are set on their being a fire at your campsite, be sure to think ahead and bring some wood along with you. And no I don’t suggest this if you are hiking to camp.
  3. This brings me to my next point. Bringing too much stuff can quite possibly be the worst thing to do. Space is a luxury when you’re camping, so bringing unnecessary items on the adventure can spoil your comfort real quick. Plus, no one else is going to volunteer to lug around your sh*t, so think about that a couple times before you decide to bring it.
  4. We have all heard that story of the man (or woman) who was in the woods and decided to use some leaves for toilet paper, and we all know that story didn’t end well. One thing you don’t want to do is ignore your surroundings. Treat everything you walk on, in, or around cautiously because just as much as you don’t want a blistering rash or a bad case of the runs, the living things around you don’t want to be in danger either. Think twice before you pick a flower, a berry, or before you decide to hike a trail without socks on.
  5. Which again brings me to my next point; my final point. BE SURE to pack the right clothing. You will need sneakers or hiking boots and maybe some sandals if you’re in a fancy campsite where there are showers. Bring thermals as a just-in-case because you can always remove clothes, but you can’t always make yourself warmer. Trust me. And always prepare for the worst. That way, when you happen to fall into the lake fully clothed, you aren’t sitting by the fire like a mole rat waiting for those damn clothes to dry.

All in all prepare yourself as best as you can. Make lists, check the weather, bring a change of clothes, and plenty of drinking water. Imagine the worst happening so that when it does, you are fully prepared for it.

DIY Tips & Tricks to do with Your Old Skateboard

We all know that when it comes time to tossing out your old wooden friend on four wheels, you start to feel this burning guilt inside. Like, “wow, you’ve done so much for me”, or “damn, you were there for me when no one else was”. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; which brings me to my next point. Here are 8 ways you can turn your old skateboard into something really awesome. Throw away the guilt, keep the board.








Cotopaxi Giveaway

Celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial by entering to win the ‪#‎YearOfAdventure‬ Ultimate California National Parks road trip. You and 3 friends will win round trip tickets, a car rental, and a gear package from your favorite brands. Visit Yosemite National Park and meet up with a climbing guide, or head to Sequoia National Forest for a horse riding trip you’ll never forget.

Brought to you by Alaska Airlines, Outdoor Tech, ENO Hammocks, EPIC bar, Mountain House, BioLite Stove, Cotopaxi, YETI and Wilderness Culture.


Photo courtesy of @Bryce.Olsen

7 Margarita Recipes to Make Your Cinco De Mayo Great

It’s Cinco De Mayo…in other words your Taco Tuesday came twice this week. You are most likely going to be heading out to your local Mexican restaurant after work to enjoy the benefits of another ridiculous holiday. We also understand that your addiction to Scandal may be holding you back from going out with your friends, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a delicious marg. Go ahead, ditch your friends, shake up some ingredients and hang with the couch. Here are 7 very unique, but also very tasty margarita recipes you can make at home this Cinco De Mayo.

  1. Spicy Jalapeno Margarita
    • For those of you that enjoy the fiery hot flavors that the jalapeno delivers, this margarita is the one for you. with a pinch of salt, a dash of lime and 1/2 of a sliced jalapeno, this margarita will leave your mouth watering for more reasons that one. SpicyMarg
  2. Sweet Grapefruit Margarita
    • This recipe is for those who have a sweet tooth. The Sweet Grapefruit Margarita is not only infused with grapefruit juice, but added into the mix is a tablespoon of honey… and there ain’t nothin’ sweeter than honey. SweetMarg
  3. Fresh Strawberry-Coconut Margarita
    • What is better than a fresh fruity drink on a hot summer day? The Fresh Strawberry-Coconut Margarita. With a blend of salt and sugar around the rim, and some coconut water and silver tequila inside, those are just a few ingredients to give you a taste of what summer feels like. FruityMarg
  4. Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita
    • This recipe is a weird one, so for those who like to experiment, this marg is for you. Although there are more ingredients you would find on top of a taco inside of this recipe, the benefits are endless. The Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita will not only be good for your stomach, but it will leave your skin glowing. That may just be the effects of the good buzz it’ll give you, but either way!  WeirdMarg
  5. Frozen Tropical Pineapple Fusion
    • The Frozen Tropical Pineapple Fusion Margarita is for the people out there that love all the Mixology fluff. This recipe calls for 4 different alcohols and mixes, some lime juice, some sugar, and lots of ice. It’s certainly not your typical margarita but it might just be the most interesting to taste. FusionMarg
  6. Skinny Margaritas
    • If you didn’t already guess from the name, this recipe is for skinny people only. No, I’m just kidding, more like for people that love margaritas, but don’t like all the calories that come along with them. This recipe will surely hit the spot, but won’t totally trigger your alcoholic beverage buyers remorse. SkinnyMarg
  7. Classic Margarita
    • This recipe is pretty self explanatory. If you want a great classic marg, this is your go to. ClassicMarg

Now get all your measuring cups, and mixing bowls out; it’s time to start the margarita party.

Why You Should Never Leave Home Without a Buckshot Pro

As the mullet of speakers, this thing truly lives up to its name. Here are 5 reasons why you should never leave home without one.


The greatest thing about the Buckshot Pro is that it can charge almost everything. It’s lithium ion rechargeable battery offers 10 hours of play and talk time. It’s USB output allows for a charge to your phone, GoPro, Camera, and anything else for that matter that has a USB connector. I don’t want to say the Buckshot Pro can save your life but, the Buckshot Pro can save your life.



The Buckshot Pro not only charges your devices, it will play your tunes with great quality. It’s got a passive bass port for bigger sound, and the speaker is placed precisely so that the music is facing you. (Which is surprisingly really hard to find.) With it’s Bluetooth capabilities, the sound potential doesn’t end there. The speaker goes two ways, and as much as you’d rather ignore your moms call when you’re in the middle of an air guitar rift to your favorite song, you can easily pick up the phone and talk to her straight through the speaker. Don’t worry about needing to step away either. Your cinnamon rolls will never burn again, because while you shout at your mom from the kitchen, she can still hear you; your Bluetooth will stay enabled up to 32 feet away.



Whether you’re going on an intense bike ride, you’re going camping in the woods, or you’re just trying to make it home at night without running into your neighbors mailbox, the Buckshot Pro is a must. This triple-light-setting bulb can light the way with its bright flashlight while on a night ride or hike, it can lightly shine over head while reading spooky stories in your tent, or it can act as a strobe light for when you have ventured too far into the woods to find the perfect bathroom, and you need someone to find you. Stat. And in the most desperate of times, you can even use it as a nightlight in your room. For all of you still sleeping with your teddy bear, you can insert the light into your phones USB brick and plug it right into the wall.



This thing not only offers light, sound, and power, it is strong like bull. Its rugged design, and dust, water, and shock proof exterior is key to knowing that if you wanted to bring this everywhere you go, you certainly can. Rain or shine, mountain or mole hill, the Buckshot Pro is more than just a pretty face. This thing is made to be used. and used again.

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I’d say the greatest advantage of the Buckshot Pro is its size. Being a little bit bigger than the size of your hand, it is easy to keep with you at all times of the day and night. Girls, this fits in your purse, no questions asked. We already know you have a Mary Poppins bag full of miscellaneous items. Guys, this can fit in your pocket. ‘Nuff said.


Whether you wanted to strap this onto your bike with its bike mounts, or simply keep it in your glove compartment for emergencies, you’ll be happy you did. Here’s where you can find one.

Mother’s Day Gifts Under $60

Mother’s Day is creeping steadily around the corner, and some of you are still brainstorming what to get your beloved creator. Here is a helpful list of 10 ODT items that all fall under the $60 and below category. This list will not only help your wallet, but will help you gain major points with mom, since she will obviously love anything you decide to choose from it. Hey, even if the favorite child award is held by you for just 24 hours, that’s 24 hours more than usual. 🙂


Los Cabos : $59.95 – “The Chill Mom”OT1900-R-Cabos-Boating-Laying-LifestyleThe Los Cabos are all about attainable luxury with durable, low profile, and lightweight execution. The super slim shape and try folding ability allows Los Cabos to stay under the radar in the office, on the train, or avoiding those important BIG next step conversations with your girlfriend. A built in microphone gives you hands-free calling capability, and external controls means never taking your device from your pocket or backpack. look luxury in the eye and say, I got this, Los Cabos style, baby!

The Adapt : $39.95 – “The On-The-Go Mom”OT6004-Adapt-Jamie-Truckee-Lifestyle-5The Adapt makes anything that plugs into a 3.5 mm audio jack wireless. Listen to music untethered or talk on the phone with your old cans, thanks to the build in microphone. Clip it to the lapel of your sweater vest for a totally hands free experience. Manage the party playlist on your home stereo from your phone. Skip tracks, control volume, and take calls without ever having to touch your Bluetooth device. Your life is getting easier just reading this.

The Buckshot : $29.95 – “The Active Mom”OT1301-B-Buckshot-Backpack-Strapped-LifestyleThe Buckshot is an ultra portable, multi functional, rugged and water resistant, damn-good-looking speaker. It’s the sneakiest little speaker on the block, but it delivers sound like a sawed off 12 gauge and has a rugged, rubberized exterior that can take a good beating. With an included handlebar mount for your ride and a built in speakerphone, the Buckshot can take hands free calls from your therapist whenever, and wherever you may be.

The Kodiak Mini : $24.95 – “The Selfies and Baby Pics Mom”OT1700-Kodiak-Mini-All-Cement-LayingThe Kodiak Mini is a rugged, portable power bank. This is one of your most trusted friends for when you’re in a bind and need your phone charged ASAP. This little guy packs quite the punch for when you need a backup.

The Kodiak : $49.95 – “The Disneyland Mom”Kodiaik_Camping_April2015-8 (1)The Kodiak is the big brother to the Kodiak Mini. This ruggedized, rechargeable, shockproof and waterproof power-bank is a must. It holds hours of stored lightening to power your mobile devices. With 6000mAh of capacity and switchable 1.0 or 2.4-amp output, the Kodiak will charge pretty much any mobile device that plugs into a USB outlet. Yes, that includes tablets. Tap into stored energy and save your good time from a dead battery.

The Wired CHIPS® : $39.95 – “The Action Sports Mom”OT0042-Wired-Chips-Snow-Boreal-Lifestyle-9The Wired CHIPS® are a universal, wired-up helmet audio system for the Bluetooth-averse. Drop them into nearly any helmet or Made for CHIPS® accessory, and subject them to the horrors of the soundtrack. There’s no battery, so the Wired CHIPS® will keep up for as long as you (or your device) can last. One giant button controls all the sound without making you de-glove or pull out your player. These CHIPS® can be dropped in any dip, snow or chew can, and be just as tasty with sound.

The CHIPS® Accessories : $19.95 – For every mom, and every one of her activitiesTahoe-November-2015-CHIPS-Trip-Fullres-149 (2)The CHIPS® accessories, which include the K-ROO pouch, the Wick-fit Headband, Wick-fit Beanie and Cuff Beanie, are made specifically for CHIPS® to be used in whatever activity you’ve decided to do for twenty minutes today. Whether you’re using them for active use or just kickin’ it, we’ve got you covered. For the Wick-fit collection, we use breathable material that works for both warm and cold blooded (like your stepmom) humans. The CHIPS® Cuff Beanie is like the toasty warm sweater that your grandma knitted last winter, and the K-ROO pouch makes almost any helmet (Snow, BMX, skate bike) audio compatible.

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Now get to the site and get your mama some stuff she probably wants.