I’ll tell you, after three days of ORShow (thanks again Outdoor Retailer!), Saturday morning is a time when you just want to do nothing but chill. Teton Sports, however, has a different idea – #Hikerchat Outing! I had such a blast on the Snowshoe outing post-Winter Show that I knew I couldn’t miss it. Also, new people, new places, and a chance to warm up for Hell Hike And Raft!
Since I was out by the Airport, it would have been tough for me to get down to the meet-up unless I rented a car. Happily, Jess swung by and picked me up and away we flew (thanks again Jess!). Until we didn’t. After stopping for coffee, we checked all the parking lots and there was no Hikerchat love to be found.
Turns out that the parking lot we were planning to use was closed for The Tour of Utah. Texting furiously (gotta love technology), we met up with everyone, introduced ourselves, and off we went, carpooling up Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Teton Sports distributed Hikerchat shirts and brand spankin’ new packs, their Summit 1500, and we prepared to hike.
The Summit 1500 is a great little pack, small but really practical. Padding on the shoulder straps, back, and waist belt keeps things comfortable and also allows air to flow across the body. Ice axe loops, additional straps, integrated rainfly, hydration compatible, this thing has it all. Two side pockets, two pockets in the top cover, and an easily accessible main compartment (from the top or full length front zipper) means that you can carry a bunch and also get to it easily. This will probably go to one of my kids as a daypack, as it fit a little snug for my big body. Thanks Teton, for the sweet swag!
With Hell Hike And Raft looming, I was hoping for a hike on the easier side, and I was not disappointed – a few miles of switchbacks, maybe 1,000 feet of elevation gain, and we were standing on a ridge with views stretching as far as the eye could see. So beautiful. After rehydrating, chatting, and catching our breaths (we were at altitude), we started down.
A short detour to what I believe was Hidden Falls, and we were all ready for lunch – off to Teton HQ we drove! Their showroom is one amazing product after another, with a hidden climbing wall to boot. They also have a nook where they are having people sign their names on the wall, will be amazing when it’s all filled in.
Many thanks to Teton Sports for organizing the outing, providing packs and shirts, then inviting us back for a lunch. This company really goes above and beyond to make its customers (friends really) happy. If you haven’t checked out their gear, you really should. Well-designed and well-priced, it will definitely get you outdoors and keep you there as long as you want.
Post-pizza and schmoozing, many of us were searching for places to nap. Grabbing a ride back to the hotel (some people had to WORK still breaking down at ORShow!), it was time to mentally change gears for my upcoming adventure, HHAR15. Laundry, rest, and chatting with the family were on the to-do list.