#OmniGames: The People

I was fortunate enough to chosen as part of Columbia Sportswear’s Fall 2013 #omniten cohort in September. After having heard about the Spring 2012’s trip to Havasupai, Fall 2012’s Park City exploits and Spring 2013’s Rogue River rafting adventure I didn’t hesitate for a second—I absolutely wanted in. Soon, the mysterious #omnigames concept emerged: Fall 2013 would be competing, as would all three previous groups.

The #omnigames were incredible and the #omniten lived up to the #tryingstuff experience but that wasn’t the best part. Not even by a long shot. Instead it was my fellow #omniten.

Photo courtesy WildernessDave.com
Photo courtesy WildernessDave.com

Living on the road can be lonely sometimes. I’m lucky to have F and Sprocket to travel with and there are often serendipitous encounters along the way but a traveler rarely gets to completely relax and be themselves enveloped in the company of friends. As someone who is initially a bit reserved, I particularly struggle with this.

Photo courtesy Gina Begin
Photo courtesy Gina Bégin

Prior to landing in Park City, I’d met a handful of #omniten in person and interacted with quite a few via Twitter, their blogs, Facebook, and Instagram. Tapping into this network had already enriched my life with some outdoor adventure and a wonderful adventure-centric internet crew. I was excited to have more adventures and meet a few friends.

Photo Courtesy Tori Lesikar
Photo Courtesy Tori Lesikar

Instead of making just a few friends, I found that the #omniten are my people. In the shuttle, in the #omniten Hub, at dinner, on the slopes, in the hot tub, in No Name Saloon, at the Freestyle World Cup, eating delicious hors d’ouvres around fires, on the Twister mat, on buses and in vans, in my hotel rooms, in late night chill sessions, at a fashion show, on ropes courses, in tiny show shelters, on snowmobiles, during a press conference, playing Cards Against Humanity, on social media, and so much more we bonded and had a blast. I felt so happy, welcomed, and surrounded by adventurous friendship all week. It was the most incredible feeling!

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Photo courtesy Heidi Henry

To all of the #omniten, each and every one of you: thank you. You, more than everything we did made my week. Not only did I meet people who are game for #tryingstuff but I met genuine, friendly, wonderful people. By your sides, I laughed and played harder than I had in a long time. The competition was friendly, supportive, and (perhaps, best of all) still intense. You all were absolutely the best.

The final competition of #omnigames is sharing our stories. Since my story at #omnigames is the story of all the #omniten, I’m starting with them. (More coming from me about our activities, the competition, and how it all felt for me soon!) Their blogs, Twitter accounts, and Instagrams are full of #omnilove right now but don’t miss all their other fun adventures as well!

 

Twitter Instagram Blog
#omnigames attendees:
Fall 2013
Andy @andycommandy @andrewcommander
Me! @3UpAdventures @3UpAdventures 3Up Adventures
Dave @LowGravityAscnt @Lowgravityascents Low Gravity Ascents
Derek @100peaks @100peaks 100 Peaks
Heidi K. @runaroundaroo @runaroundaroo Run Around A Roo
Joshua @joshuariggins @joshuariggins Experience.Via.Imagination
Michelle @Mish1100 Living On Life
Patrick @patrickgensel @patrickgensel Adventure Travel Buzz
Seth @sethayates @sethayates Plains And Peaks
Spring 2013
Adam @HikingTheTrail @hikingthetrail Hiking The Trail
Aleya @AleyaJean @aleyajean Rock & Sky
Anne @AnneCarneyMedia @SweetAnneMarie
Dave @DavidECreech @wildernessdave Wilderness Dave
Eric @trails2brews Trails2Brews
Erica @Active_Explorer @active_explorer The Active Explorer
Julie @PBFingers @pbfingers Peanut Butter Fingers
Justin @lukasavige @lukasavige Backcountry Treks
Kristie @wigirl4ever @wigirl4ever An Appetite For Adventure
Tori @torilesikar @torilesikar Tori Lesikar
Fall 2012
Anne @annedriggers @annedriggers
Bret @SkierBW @skierbw It’s All About The Experience
Caleb
Weston @WestonShirey @westonshirey Dispatches From The Trail
Ed @thestash @thestash
Katie S. @KatieMSmith @thekatiemsmith
Spring 2012
Casey @modernhiker @modernhiker Modern Hiker
Gina @ginabegin @ginabegin Notes: An Adventurers Blog
Heather @AColoradoGal @acoloradogal Just A Colorado Gal
Heidi H. @BananaBuzzbomb @bananabuzzbomb Banana Buzzbomb
Jon @JonBausman @jonbausman
Katie B. @themorningfresh @katieboue The Morning Fresh
Katie L. @k8tlevy @k8tlevy Adventure Inspired
Rebecca @calipidder @realcalipidder Calipidder
Steve @stevewweiss @stevewweiss Mountain Enthusiast
Other #omniten I haven’t met yet:
Fall 2013
Wendy @TheSkiDiva The Ski Diva
Fall 2012
A.J. @lionelhutzskis Famous Internet Skiers
Chris
Merisa @femaleskibum Tales From A Female Ski Bum
Porter @porterhaney Porter Haney
Spring 2012
Colin @runwicked Run Wicked