On Monday, May 20 we held the Outdoor Project Launch Party at Base Camp Brewing Co. It was a lively and exciting event, with over 150 friends, fans and fellow outdoor enthusiasts in attendance. Base Camp made two kegs of an awesome Outdoor Project IPA specially for event, and did some redecorating behind the bar to mimic the website. Job well done! Thanks Base Camp! We raffled off some amazing gifts including swag, a tour and tasting at Base Camp, a gift certificate provided by Pro Photo Supply, and two lifetime memberships to Outdoor Project.
A major part of the event was for thanking the contributors and team members that helped make the launch of the site a success. Prizes for the most and best adventure submissions were given out and the winners received gift certificates to REI, Pro Photo Supply, or a GoPro camera. Joshua Lupkin won for the Best Adventure Submission Summer 2012 Category for Unicorn Peak. First Prize for the Best Adventure Submission for Winter 2012-13 went to brothers Halvor and Asmund Tweto for Bagby Hot Springs, and Second Prize went to Shane Kucera for Forbidden Peak. Halvor Tweto also won for the most adventures completed. Check these adventures out at the bottom of this post!
During the evening, we also auctioned off works from eight team members and contributors that raised over $350 for our fledgling non-profit www.outdoorproject.org. A huge thanks to Joshua Lupkin, Halvor Tweto, Shane Kucera, Asmund Tweto, Jeremy Forrest, Anzelina Coodey, and Gabriel Tiller, who provided works for the auction, and Plywerk for their bamboo framing.
Outdoor Project also owes a huge thank you to the following people with whom, if it weren't for their involvement and dedication, we would be a concept rather than a reality. Contributors: Joshua Lupkin, Asmund Tweto, Halvor Tweto, Tom Frisch, Jeremy Forrest, Susan Hollingsworth, Shane Kucera, Adam Elliott, Atha Mansoory, and Kevin Freeny. Advisors and Investors: Jed Lazar, John Hiser, Michael Knapp, Ozzie Gonzalez, Freeman Corbin, Jonathan Rickert, Alfred Vogels, Alan Leonard, April Schuff, Brian Lockwood and Elizabeth Reed, Jon Carder and Monique Baillargeon, Jim and Rhonda Kennedy, Mara and Jason Nixon, Nathan Kennedy, Jim and Robin Wasco. Legal advisors: Jeff Armistead from Armistead Law and Jeffrey Woodcox from Tonkon Torp. Editor: Billy Ulmer.
From all of us at Outdoor Project, welcome to the site and thank you for celebrating with us at the launch party and beyond. Here's to your next adventure.