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6 Last-Minute Ideas For Outdoor Adventure On Memorial Day Weekend

As they say, time flies. And here we are again approaching another Memorial Day Weekend when we remember all the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving this great nation. For the patriots who toiled so honorably and for their families, Outdoor Tech takes this moment to express our deep-felt appreciation.

Go forth and play.

Perhaps you already have big, long-made plans for the holiday weekend. If so, be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends. If the weekend crept up on you and you’re looking for unique, easy, last-minute ideas for outdoor experiences, read on.

Take a hike and pay your respects

There are places in America with vast acreage on gorgeous ground where you can hike all day and never cover the entirety of the setting. Those places are our National and State Memorial Cemeteries, where our heroes are laid to rest. They are always open to everyone, and what better time to get out in nature and explore the vastness of such hallowed soil? Your only preparation for this outdoor activity is to lace up your best footwear and pack for hydration and nutrition. As you walk, solo or with loved ones, you’ll refresh your body and soul. To stroll the seemingly endless rows of white stone memorials is an outdoor experience you’ll never forget. It changes you in a good way. Find a National Cemetery.

Life, Cycle

Whether your two-wheeled machine is powered by legs or pistons, cycling on the trails or roads near you is an ideal way to enjoy the outdoor world. Just fill your pack with food and water, grab your Outdoor Tech earbuds and enjoy the passing scenery with the wind in your face. Find a trail near you.

Picture Perfect

Sure, you take pictures with your phone all the time when photo ops happen. But when was the last time you went outdoors with the sole intent of searching for and taking photographs of natural wonderment? It’s a fantastic pairing to a robust hike or mountain bike ride.

Camp Out

Campsites often book out long before Memorial Day Weekend arrives. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t go last-minute camping. By knocking on a few farmers’ doors to request permission to camp on their land for the night, you’ll be surprised by how accommodating they’ll be. If all else fails, a “Back Yard” campout is still as much fun as it was when you were a kid. Find a camp spot near you.

Get Board

Have a skateboard or roller blades? Then get thee to your nearest skatepark for fun, fresh air and exercise. Not a Carver, Casper Flipper or Crooked Grinder? Go there anyway and have a blast watching others tear it up under the summer sun. Search for skate parks near you.

Star Gaze

At the end of your unforgettable day of last-minute Memorial Day adventure, stay outside. Turn on your Outdoor Tech wireless speaker, pick out some relaxing tunes, kick back on your patio chair and let the heavens remind you that you are free.

May you have a splendid Memorial Day, and the best summer of your life!


The High Fives Foundation Raised More Than $56,000 at Their 7th Annual Skiing Event

Outdoor Tech was immensely proud to sponsor the High Fives Foundation at their epic fundraiser dubbed “Retro Shred-A-Thon.” Now in its seventh year, the 2022 downhill ski event took place at Winter Park, CO. 

Highest amount raised in seven years

67 individuals comprising 11 teams met on the mountain to participate and vie for setting the record of the highest number of laps. This year’s record was 31 laps up and down the mountain. Now that’s a full day of skiing! And when the sun set, Shred-A-Thon had raised $56,256 for High Fives’ mission. It was the highest amount achieved in the last seven years.

Supporting adaptive athletes and veterans

High Fives’ mission is to help individuals, athletes and veterans who have sustained life-changing injuries. Founder Roy Tuscany created the organization in 2009 as a way of “paying-it-forward” after he suffered a spinal cord injury, dashing his hopes of becoming a world-class professional skier.

Since 2009, High Fives has distributed more than $6,000,000 to adaptive athletes and veterans for things like adaptive sports and medical equipment, living and injury expenses, healing networks and other helpful programs. The total funds raised by Shred-A-Thon events since 2016 is now more than $635,000.

Who’s ready for 2023?

Outdoor Tech congratulates High Fives on another unforgettable Shred-A-Thon, and invites everyone to participate when they hold their next one. Along with a full day of spring skiing in rad costumes, you’ll enjoy live music, amazing food and the opportunity to win great prizes from brands like Outdoor Tech, YETI, Eddie Bauer, Smith, GoPro, Phunkshun Wear, Yakima and more. Best of all, you’ll help people who need it. Hope to see you there!

Retro Shred 2022: the recap

Hot edit: Skiing in Japan

Everyone has their favorite shot or edit of themselves doing what they love best. Here’s what Andy Parry shared when we asked for his favorite skiing video:

“I really like the international trips we did with Traveling Circus. I have never flown overseas for any reason other than to film that. It was never really in the cards for my family to fly to Europe or Asia for a vacation, so anytime I get to do it for skiing it’s that more special.

This video was made in Japan. It’s the best place in the world.”