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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.”

Earth Day 2022: Investing in Our Planet

The theme for Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in Our Planet.” As a brand, Outdoor Technology lives at the intersection of technology and nature—the same place where our customers live, work, and play. We have a special responsibility to invest in our planet through education, celebration, and making a difference.

A commitment to plastic-free packaging

That’s why we’re taking this day to share the investment we’re making as a company:

Outdoor Technology is committed to being fully plastic-free in all of our product packaging by the end of 2023. We’re proud that we’ve already achieved this with the packaging for Chips 3.0, one of our new products. Katy Petroff, our General Manager, says, “Rolling out sustainable packaging across all of our products is one of the best, most immediate investments we can make in our planet today.”

The packaging for Chips 3.0 is the first in our commitment to plastic-free packaging.

This is ongoing work. We’re ready for it.

We’re also going to be transparent: the hangtags on our packaging are recyclable plastic due to the strength needed to hold the product’s weight. We’re still looking for a strong, sustainable solution to meet our goals—and if you have a lead, drop us a line.

All of us—individuals and companies alike—share accountability to protect the planet. Join us in taking a closer look at what we can do today, so we can preserve the spaces where we love to go forth and play.  

Read more about Earth Day 2022 and the call for businesses to enable a sustainable future.

On Earth Day 2022, go forth and play.