I’ve written quite a bit about Trying Stuff. It’s an absolute great slogan for Columbia Sportswear, and it gives me endless opportunities to write about it since I’m always Trying Stuff. I’m going to assume you all follow each and every single post with the same vim and vigor with which I write them, but juuuuust in case you let one slip through the cracks, here’s some recap:

What's that on my head?!?!

The first time I went off-width crack climbing with Pamela Shanti-Pack

My first post about “hiking for training” after becoming #OmniTen

Refurbishing Cast Iron Cookware – I had to try it for the first time to get good at it every time thereafter

Then I went to the OmniGames in Park City, UT and explained what Trying Stuff means to me

Then I started my first garden ever

And lastly, the best way to Try Stuff is to never say no to stuff

Trying Stuff isn’t always glamorous

A lot of us in the OmniTen love to promote our success and fun adventure, but trust me, we all fail A LOT too. In fact, my failures are sometimes a lot more interesting for you to read…and painful for me to relive. Constantly pushing yourself and constantly needing to be the best at everything you do means there’s going to be some pain. I’ve had no shortness of that.

Off-width chicken wingPotential brain damage from a history of head injuries

The first time I dropped off a cornice

That one time I ran into a tree on my snowboard

And the time I tipped a row boat in Class 3 rapids without a life jacket


Today I bring you the next installment of failure.

Despite the fact it looks like I lose control as soon as I launch (which would be an accurate observation), I actually landed this sucker cleanly twice before. As soon as the camera came out, all hell broke loose.

I was hoping to get some rad product shots for my new Niche Story 2.0 snowboard, but instead they got this, and I got a headache (to put it lightly).

So, my fellow outdoor enthusiasts, I’m well aware of what you’re all about, but share some failures with me, will you? Don’t worry, I’ll only laugh a little.

Don’t Miss Your Chance

I was stuck in Corporate America for 9 years. I was miserable.

Then I took control.

You can too, and it starts right here.