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Event Report: Adventure Travel Expo

October 19th, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, recently attended the Adventure Travel Expo in New York City. Brand team’er-for-a-day and photographer/outdoor sports enthusaist Rex Hunter roamed the trade hall with his Osprey Meridian 28 and a bunch of fun Osprey goodies including hats. Here’s the report!

I spent a day with the vendors at the The Jacob Javits Adventure Travel Show in NYC. I found many like-minded folks at the show. So many of them knew my favorite runs at Jackson Hole, understood what Ice Lodge Mt was, and were intrigued by tele skiing. I met a lady from Costa Rica who loves the surf community and helps run a surf school. She was about 47 years old and had the passion of a 12 year just learning to ride a bike.

My biggest discovery at the show was my encounter with the BC team from Mica and Powder Cowboy. These guys are the real deal. They offer heli skiing & cat trips in Canada for (on the low end) $ 2700 to upwards of $5000. It snows all the time. Since their opening they have had only 3 down days. This is amazing if you watch DVD’s of Alaska where it seems like waiting for snow is the norm.

Another stand out at the show was Tents & Trails (a shop with a 50 year history…can you believe it?!). Talk about a specialist. CBGB’s did not last that long! I spent most of my time speaking to them about Osprey and tele skiing.

The Osprey Meridian bag I have been using all week is always pulling fast ones on me! Just when I think it can’t do this, it does it. When I think no there’s no space, there’s more space. Truly, I under estimated this bag and it came in handy at the show.

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