#omniten #omnigames Day 2 – living on the edge.

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It is six in the morning and I am wide awake. Excited and nervous for the adventures to come. The sun is still sleeping the fire is roaring and there is coffee starting to brew. I hop out of bed fix my coffee and sit looking out upon the snow covered hills watching the snow blow and the wind howl pondering what might be on the schedule for the day. I finish my coffee and get ready for epic day ahead. I put on all of my layers of #omni heat and my final layer of #omniawesome and head over to the Columbia #omnihub for breakfast. (more…)

#omniten #omnigames Day one in the books.

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Arrived in Salt Lake yesterday without any hitches. We were shuttled to Park City. We signed wavers, got our room assignments and took a look at our new gear. We had a little bit of free time for settling in before heading to dinner.

Today started with a great breakfast spread and then an announcement of Columbia’s new down and synthetic mix omniheat reflective Jackets. So stoked to get one. (more…)

7 ways to keep your water from freezing while backpacking or hiking

With very cold weather that most of the United States is currently fighting I thought a post about how to keep your water from freezing while hiking or backpacking. Here are a few creative ways to keep your water from freezing.

1. Sleep with your bottles or bladders.
This is the most common of tips to keep your water from freezing. Many folks will just keep the bottle or bladder inside the tent while others will put it in the sleeping bag with them. Depending on the temps and situations you might consider putting it into your sleeping bag. Just remember to make sure that the lids or caps are on there tight. You do not want to wake up to a soaked sleeping bag in the cold. (more…)

#omnigames update

Another email was sent out from Columbia with as much information needed to keep us in suspense. We know we are having shuttles take us to Park City from Salt Lake. We also know we will be staying at the Hyatt Escala Lodge.

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Hyatt Escala Lodge

We have been told that we are being completely outfitted with winter gear, but we also need to bring whatever else we already have.  The excitement is growing as the countdown to the 8th draws near.  We all know that the folks at Columbia will put on a heck of a good time, but I think for many of us the most exciting part of this crazy adventure is meeting all the folks from the other #omniten seasons. I believe that this will be my last #omni update until Dave of WildernessDave.com, Heidi of  bananabuzzbomb.com , and myself take off from Phoenix.

I will try to post as many updates and photos as possible. Keep an eye on all of my social channels. Also Make sure to keep your attention on the hash tags #omniten and #omnigames.  (both on Twitter and Facebook.)

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