#TryingStuff with Columbia Sportswear

Yo, yo, yo, YOLO!!

This post is something I’ve never tried before.

  1. I hate the sound of my own voice, especially when it’s hoarse
  2. I’m not very skilled at making videos, but I figured, “eh, what the heck, YOLO.” (That’s already two ‘YOLO’s’ if you’re counting.)
  3. I didn’t think it would be like anything any of the other #OmniTen members would be doing. (Yeah sure, there will be videos, but with a voice-over?! Doubtful….I hope.)

If you remember correctly, I announced back in October that I had been selected to become a member of the afore mentioned #OmniTen crew for this fall and winter season. This season was nothing like the previous three.

Instead of having three days to spend with nine other outdoor enthusiasts and social media influencers within my season, we were going to have ourselves a little competition against everyone from the previous three seasons! And so the #OmniGames had been written, and so they had come to pass.

Bananabuzzbomb!We were broken up into teams of two by picking names out of a hat and pairing summer members with winter members to try level the playing field. I chose the righteously fabulous @Bananabuzzbomb (Heidi Henry) from Season 1. She’s a desert rat living in Arizona right now, but I have faith we can pull off a Top 5 finish to win the trip to Jordan (the country). Oh! Did I not tell you that’s the grand prize? Well, it is, and now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

I’ll tell you a little more about the specifics of the #OmniGames later this week, but for today, I wanted to focus on #TryingStuff.

As I explain in the video below, #TryingStuff is more than a slogan. For Columbia and its employees, it’s a culture – a way of life. This resonates with me because I love to make jokes about trying stuff:

“Just ate pure wheat gluten tonight for the first time. #TryingStuff”

“Just got a drink tossed in my face for pretending to be Barney Stinson. #TryingStuff.”

“Read my first book ever. #TryingStuff”

… and I can go on like that!

But honestly, I hate complacency. I hate being really good at something and then never challenging myself to be even better. I can honestly say, that before this trip, I had no idea how dedicated Columbia is to continuous innovation. They’ve made a believer out of me.

So without further ado, an amateurish video in which I will hate watching over and over and over and over again. Enjoy!



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14 responses to “#TryingStuff with Columbia Sportswear

    1. Thanks, Julie. Creating this thing makes me realize that I needed to take waaaay more pictures and footage and that *just maybe* I could use a better camera than an iPhone. Hahaha! Super glad you enjoyed it!

  1. Perseverance through all those crazy computer mishaps last night paid off! This is great, David. Love the humor you mixed in; especially the gear abuse part. 😉 Great storytelling!

    1. Gina, I have a lot of “falling” video to choose from. I’m just glad you caught all my attempts at humor and syncing them up with the video. :p

  2. Nice work, Dave, and I’m with you on them listening to suggestions! Since I’ve been around them for a few seasons, I’ve seen multiple versions of the same product come out, and they truly do listen to peoples’ constructive criticism. Pretty awesome 🙂

    1. That’s awesome! I told Deb and Daniel about them, but I’ll be making another post with all of them in there after we complete the Dickens challenge.

    1. After I had already made the video and uploaded it, I re-watched the whole run from that hill. There was definitely a better shot exemplifying my abuse of the gear. :p

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