Archive for September, 2006

Published by Jesse on 29 Sep 2006

Little Cottonwood Canyon Full Moon Skiing

We’ve been diggin’ out some old Alta-oriented content from deep in the GravityFed archives. Farmer Dave Profile is below and now here’s another great read from Bill Deleo. This short story describes a night of skiing by moonlight to Germania Pass (the top of the new Collins lift, formerly Germania)

It’s another William Deleo story/classic from GravityFed Network. Author’s Note: “For me, skiing at night has a different thrill- a sublime mystery and silence- and a chance to look at a mountain we think we know well, through nocturnal eyes.”

We’re hoping to have some new fresh stuff from ‘Billy D’ again soon.. so keep an eye out. In the meantime, enjoy “Full Moon Skiing”. After reading this again (it’s been a few years), I am all of sudden for winter and bright full moon powder runs. -Gary M

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Published by Jesse on 28 Sep 2006

Moosejaw Madness at AvantLink!

Can’t help but write a quick post on this news.. Moosejaw recently launched their Affiliate program through the AvantLink Affiliate network. Here’s a snipet from the program annoucnement: “ is known for the finest photography, the most in-depth product information, customer reviews, comparison charts, and most importantly, Moosejaw shocks the customer with amazing service.”

Nice work AvantLink! With this move, it’ll be MUCH easier for us to retrieve updated pricing and inventory info for Moosejaw…to present in our outdoor price comparison search engine. I wish every outdoor merchant would move to this network! -Jesse

Published by Jesse on 28 Sep 2006

Climbinglab & Urban Climber Partnership

Interesting article. I guess news from the ourdoor industry isn’t always from the great outdoors!

New York, NY, September 27th 2006 — Climbinglab, the provider of USA Climbing training camps for America’s top juniors and coaches, announced a media partnership with Urban Climber Magazine. The partners will work together to raise the awareness of the Camps to the Magazine’s audience through a series of articles, instructional online videos, and podcasts. Also, copies of Urban Climber Magazine will be distributed to athletes and coaches attending the camps.

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Published by Jesse on 25 Sep 2006

Avalanche Awareness Safety Notes

We’re having fun with some social media sites. One in particular is I think I mentioned Squidoo in an earlier post, too. Anyways, you can claim your ‘lens’ or ‘lenses’ and rant on about whatever flaots your fancy boat. I messed with my Avalanche Safety lens over the weeked. In all, that’s only about an hour of playing around. Most of the content is packaged RSS feeds plugged into the Squidoo module that takes RSS and outputs the content to a web page.

Anyways, I built a lens about avalanche safety and here it is – Gary M

“We recently moved from Sandy, UT (base of Little Cottonwood Canyon), to Park City, and now to the Uintahs. Our pilgrimage from cities and resort skiing in the Wasatch has prompted an avalanche awareness refresher. We’ll be skiing a lot more ‘remote’ backcountry terrain out here accessible only with snow mobies. This Squidoo lens acts as my digital notebook for the winter of 2006-07.”

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Published by Jesse on 20 Sep 2006

The Classic Farmer Dave Profile, Alta Skier

Now this is definitely a GravityFed classic. It’s been somewhat hidden in recent years, hiding deep in some folder tree. The date of the old file was actually February of 2001! But check it out, they started a thread about the original publication of ‘Farmer Dave Profile’ on the TGR Forums – Alta’s Farmer Dave Profile. Thread started on 12-14-2004, 11:45 AM by Xover. Nice!!

Ok enough blabbin’. We’re glad to post the re-launch of this Billy D classic on the OGE Blog! Digg it, folks:

Ever heard the phrase “expression through movement”? When us Altafarians see the farmer’s ski tracks in the Alta backcountry that’s what we think of. Farmer Dave Van Dame is an Alta skier and legend because of his skiing technique. Author William Deleo has produced a must read for powder skiers.

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Published by Jesse on 19 Sep 2006

Hiker and Ex-Marine is Hiking the AP Trail Barefoot

Whoa. I actually read a blog post recently on the Blog about one of their employees, “Barefoot Brett” who has now run 3 marathons barefoot. …oh and at least one was in the desert on the hot pavement in the summer :). Pretty incredible achievement, running 78 miles over three marathons..

But how about walking barefoot up the eastern seaboard from Georgia to Maine or Maine to Georgia:

More than five hundred people hike the entire Appalachian Trail each year. Ron Zaleski has been trying to accomplish the feat barefoot. His goal is to bring attention to the need for combat veterans to receive counseling. He’s workin’ through it now.. At his current pace, he would make it to Georgia just before Christmas.

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Published by Jesse on 18 Sep 2006

A New Breed of Big Wave Riders

Surfers have always chased monster waves, such as the swells which draw crowds to Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. But new technology such as the jetski has seen a select gang of surfers conquer waves previously considered unrideable because they were too big. These bands of wave riders are taking advantage of every new technology to capture world-record purses. Check it out.. Read more @ Digg below..

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Published by Jesse on 14 Sep 2006

The House and AvantLink Launch Affiliate Program

The AvantLink Affiliate Network, a leader in Affiliate marketing technology, and The House Boardshop recently teamed up to provide online marketers with advanced Affiliate tools for high-converting gear and apparel. The House has been the place to buy snowboards, wakeboards, skateboards, and windsurfing gear for over 25 years. The combination of advanced tools and datafeeds with The House Boardshop’s reputation for service and quality products is a triple win (for the network, the merchant and the Affiliate!).

Note in this press release the quote from Jesse Hoffman and “Our site’s success and reach depends on accurate price and inventory data, packaged correctly and updated daily from our merchant partners…”. Read the full article for more

AvantLink has quickly established itself as the network of choice for the best outdoor gear & apparel retailers on the Web. They already have several of the top names in gear online, and more should be added soon. You’ll be able to compare prices from The House on OGE very soon! In the meantime click the banner below to be taken to their site:

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Published by Jesse on 14 Sep 2006

Thule, Inc. Recognizes Service & Sales

Seymour, CT – September 11th, 2006, The world leader in sports utility transportation, Thule, recently recognized Y.P.S. Inc. with Agency of the Year honors. The Y.P.S. team are recognized for the exceptional sales and service they demonstrated in the 2005 calendar year. Ned Johnson, Kathy Southard, Steve Plass, and Rob Scott pioneered new accounts, grew existing accounts, and expanded into new sales channels.

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Published by Jesse on 14 Sep 2006

Polarized Smith Vice Sunglasses

The polarization of these classic shades cut out 99% of reflected glare, enhancing acuity and reduceing eye fatigue. Also, this Vice model has a high quality ground and polished glass lens that is chemically treated for impact resistance and extra strength. The perfect sunglasses for a day of hiking in the backcountry.

Lens type: Techlite Glass Lens. 8 base curve. Tapered Lens Technology.

This model has a handmade Acetate frame that features adjustable wire core temples. The Vice fits a small to medium face best. The bottom line on any Smiths is that they consist of the durable, protective, no hassle return, classic Smith shades we know and love. Many Smith products are available, compared and indexed for price at Outdoor Gear Engine.

Suggested Retail Price: $148.95

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Smith Vice Sunglasses, Polarized

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Published by Jesse on 12 Sep 2006

Fat Skis and Squidoo

I’ve been getting into thoroughly of late. It’s one of those social network sites that could hit myspace critical mass status. Reminds me of the domain rush days- everyone scramblin’ to grad their lens/domain/topic to own. One of the topics passionate to my heart is powder skiing…and you can’t enjoy powder skiing completely unless you’re using fat skis.

I took an RSS Affiliate feed from, and created a dynamic showcase that featured powder skis from Altrec. As new products are added and shuffled through inventory, this showcase will change. There are also a few powder skiing-related links and a killer powder explosion on a typical Alta, Utah powder day.

To check out the Fat Ski Squiodo Lens use the following URL:

More to come…check out and build your own lens!

-Gary M

Published by Jesse on 11 Sep 2006

Mountain Gear Back To School Promo

The fall season is just around the corner and school is just about in session. We have a great new fall line rolling in the doors at Mountain Gear!

Click the following banner and get $15 off your next order of $100 or more…plus free ground shipping:

$15 Off Orders of $100 or More
This offer is valid through October 9th, 2006. Discount will be shown at checkout. Offer excludes The North Face, Burton and Suunto products.

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Published by Jesse on 06 Sep 2006

OGE Podcast with Affiliate News Review

Durk Price from interviewed Jesse Hoffman, the Outdoor Gear Engine CEO, in August of 2006. The interview Podcast was published on on September 3rd, and includes about 25 minutes of interesting discussion around the inspiration of our gear price comparison search engine, and some important online marketing observations and trends in general. is unique and different from other price comparison services because it’s actually a human-edited index of thousands of top outdoor products. Search for the piece of gear you’re looking for, and get results that include up-to-date pricing and shipping information from some of the most respected online merchants in the outdoor gear industry on one page. The result pages are simplified, so you can Price It, Buy It, Get Outside!

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Published by Jesse on 06 Sep 2006

An Avalanche Survival Story by Martin Gulsrud

This compelling story is an email interview with avalanche survivor Martin Gulsrud, which describes his first hand experience surviving an avalanche in France on January 29 in 2005. “I started to realize that I was going to be buried seconds later, so I started to expand my lungs as much as possible so I could have space to breathe under the snow pack.” The Avalung from Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., has a lot to do with his positive outcome…

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Published by Jesse on 05 Sep 2006

Summer Clearance from

Yep, check it out. No surprise, right? We all know at the end of summer the outdoor web retailers are cleaning warehouse space to make room for winter stock…it’s a fact and CampSaver is definitely a part of the gear clearance exodus! You hear this a lot but seriously, this is one to check out. Find killer deals right now from companies like Black Diamond, Marmot and Jetboil. You won’t see prices like this until the end of next summer, so grab what you need now or pay top sticker next spring…

As you might guess from their namesake, CampSaver will save you money. In addition to every day competitive pricing for top brand outdoor gear, they also have exceptional customer service and a very knowledgeable staff. You can also keep track of several opportunities throughout the year to save even more by subscribing to their On Sale RSS feed (). Do so easily by clicking the ‘RSS’ icon in the last sentence or through your favorite news/headline aggregators included below.

Published by Jesse on 05 Sep 2006

Backpacker Magazine Raises Money for AHS

EMMAUS, PA – Sept 1st, 2006, Backpacker Magazine is donating $10K to the American Hiking Society (AHS) following its special August 10th fundraising event featuring ‘G. Love & Special Sauce’ during the Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah.

More than one thousand OR attendees packed the Salt Lake City club Elevate for the high-energy, 3-hour concert, which was sponsored by Coleman, Thorlos, Hi-Tec, Backpacker and the AHS.

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