When we aren't at work designing and manufacturing functional solutions for human powered adventure, we are most often found enjoying the wild places and adventurous lifestyle we love so much. It is precisely this that compels us to support organizations working for the preservation of and access to the wild world. We also feel a responsibility to support educational organizations that help our customers (and us) go safely, lightly, and competently into the adventure beyond.
Each of the following organizations does great work and we encourage you to become a member of those that speak for you. Some are specific about the sports they represent while others have a broad reach across multiple adventure activities. One thing they have in common is the need for financial support. Please join us in contributing to their efforts.
Our love of the mountains doesn't stop at the border. One glimpse of the mountains of Canada, be it the Coast Range, St. Elias Range, or Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, will make you a lover of the northern ranges. The keeper of this reverence is the Alpine Club of Canada and OR is a proud supporter of their efforts.
Striking a balance that includes climbing access, education, and stewardship is a challenge that is near and dear to OR. Near because our home is Seattle, Washington where we are surrounded by two mountain ranges with seemingly endless adventures to the horizon. Dear because our own president, Dan Nordstrom, is the current president of the board of the Access Fund.
Education and mountain safety have always been important to OR, and the guides of the ACMG provide both to the outdoor community. Mountain guiding is as old as the sport of mountaineering itself and it is a tradition we are proud to support. The sparks for many of OR's gear innovations have come from these hardworking professionals.
Based in and around the northeast climbing mecca of "The 'Gunks", the employees of Alpine Endeavors provide guiding services and instruction to the outdoor community. The staff is comprised of experienced, passionate climbers and mountaineers who are professionally trained guides and instructors.
Education and mountain safety have always been important to OR, and the guides of the AMGA provide both to the outdoor community. Mountain guiding is as old as the sport of mountaineering itself and it is a tradition we are proud to support. The sparks for many of OR's gear innovations have come from these hardworking professionals.
Although our headquarters are in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoor Research loves the mountains and natural places everywhere, including those "back east", where many of our employees cut their mountaineering teeth. We're proud to partner with the AMC - the nation's oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization.
Although based in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoor Research recognizes the unique nature of this outstanding wild corridor on the “right coast” of North America. Without the dedication of the ATC, the mounting pressures on the trail would be a step closer to corrupting the solitude it affords humans and other species.
Nestled against the eastern edge of Oregon's share of the Cascades, and a stone's throw from one of OR's favorite mountain towns - Bend - we count Mount Bachelor as one of our "local" ski mountains. We're proud to provide the staff of the mountain with our gear and apparel.
The OR offices, manufacturing facility, warehouses, and retail store are surrounded by urban Seattle, and we understand the importance of looking beyond the city for inspiration in life. Big City Mountaineers delivers this opportunity to urban youth, changing lives with the help of the wilderness and their impact is growing every year.
The importance of avalanche safety and education became painfully apparent to the OR family in 2003 when the founder of OR, Ron Gregg, was killed in an avalanche. Winter backcountry enthusiasts, OR employees included, use the information provided by organizations like the Canadian Avalanche Association to be safer in avalanche country.
We are proud to join our industry partners in supporting the outstanding work of the Conservation Alliance. It is clear that by working together, our impact on the preservation of wild places is multiplied, and the results speak for themselves. Through this organization, we are able to raise the profile of groups doing the hard work of saving unique places.
Winter backcountry enthusiasts of the northwest, OR employees included, use the information provided by NWAC to be safer in avalanche country. The importance of this became painfully apparent to the OR family in 2003 when the founder of OR, Ron Gregg, was killed in an avalanche. OR is proud to sponsor many local events with net proceeds going to Friends of the NWAC.
IFMGA certification is a major achievement for a guide and a major financial and time commitment.
One of the most respected and active guiding companies in the world, International Mountain Guides have been in operation since 1986. Their guides' combined resume includes many the world's classic climbs, and OR is proud to support their education and guiding services in locations from our own backyard in Washington State to the Himalaya.
We live by the adventures for which we make gear. Learning how to walk softly and be a good steward of the environment in which we play is critical. The ethics taught by LNT can equip us all with the ability to diminish our footprint, enhancing our experiences and preserving wild places for future generations to enjoy.
Through the OIA and its non-profit, the Outdoor Industry Foundation, Outdoor Research joins other companies in our industry to maintain a healthy business environment while increasing participation in human powered adventure activities.
The outdoor industry is a great place to build a career. We enthusiastically support the work of the OIWC to balance the playing field and provide opportunities for women to grow their professional success.
The company of one of our favorite local - to us - guides, Martin Volken, and based just down Route 90 in picturesque North Bend, WA, OR’s support of Pro Guiding Service is a natural fit. Along with aiding product development at Outdoor Research, Martin and his colleagues guide clients on ski, rock and alpine trips in the North Cascades, Canada, Alaska, Europe, and beyond.
Based in the Eastern Sierra, Sierra Mountain Guides teaches and guides all aspects of climbing in the rock, ice and alpine realms, as well as backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education and mountain trekking. The SMG team is among the most qualified and skilled in the industry, upholding the highest standards for guiding excellence in the Sierra and worldwide.
Outdoor Research is, at its heart, a mountain company. We are lovers of many natural playgrounds, but the mountains have been an undeniable inspiration to the OR team for over 30 years. With this in mind, our involvement in the good work of the AAC is a natural fit for us.
Our friendly neighborhood outdoor recreation and conservation nonprofit, the mission of The Mountaineers is to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest. Outdoor Research is proud to be an ally of The Mountaineers as they work to encourage human-powered outdoor recreation and environmental protection.
Our backyard ski mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie including Alpental is where snow-hungry OR employees head for nearby skiing and snowboarding on the weekends, and for the occasional after-work turns, too. We’re proud to provide the staff of the mountain with our gear and apparel.
The importance of avalanche safety and education became painfully apparent to the OR family in 2003 when the founder of OR, Ron Gregg, was killed in an avalanche. Winter backcountry enthusiasts, OR employees included, use the information provided by organizations like the Utah Avalanche Center to be safer in avalanche country.
Washington Trails Association (WTA) is the voice for hikers in Washington State. WTA protects hiking trails and wild lands, takes thousands of volunteers out to maintain trails, and promotes hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore Washington.
Finding solitude and adventure in the snow covered winter environment is a true passion for Team OR. WWA's commitment to preserving “a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands” is very much in line with OR's brand direction.