Ambassadors

  1. Sizes and Summits: What Really Matters Outdoors?

    Sizes and Summits: What Really Matters Outdoors?

    How one cold night at 9,000 feet taught Outdoor Research Climbing Ambassador Megan Banker that she wanted to help foster belonging in the outdoors.

    *Trigger warning for negative self-image talk*

    “Just leave me here. I’ll take a nap. I’m so tired; I feel like I can’t breathe,” I said as I

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  2. Escaladora: When A Climb Is A Prayer

    Escaladora: When A Climb Is A Prayer

    Sunglasses, hood and helmet sheltered Monserrat Alvarez Matehuala from the cold sun above 17,000 feet—but underneath all that, lots was happening. On top of Iztaccihuatl, Mexico’s third highest peak, emotions were strong.

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  3. The Archangel Breakthrough: Stretch Alpine Climbing Clothes With No Compromise In Weather Protection

    The Archangel Breakthrough: Stretch Alpine Climbing Clothes With No Compromise In Weather Protection

    Piolet d’Or-winning alpinist Graham Zimmerman collaborated on the new Outdoor Research alpine climbing kit that just might “save your bacon” in bad weather.  Introducing the newest addition to our high alpine climbing collection, for moving quickly and efficiently—even through the most difficult moves—no matter the storms that come your way.

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  4. Need Inspiration To Pursue Your Dreams? Follow Outdoor Research Ambassador Dani Reyes-Acosta

    Dani Reyes-Acosta smiles while carrying her splitboard up a mountain.
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  5. Quinn Mason’s Fire For Climbing

    Quinn Mason’s Fire For Climbing

    There’s a photo of Quinn Mason when she was 9 years old, placing fourth at Youth Nationals, qualifying for the national team. It marks the moment she realized how much she really did care about competition and winning in climbing. Today that photo also symbolizes something else she’s grateful for—and proud of: “Out of all 10 finalists, I think I’m the only one still competing at a high level,” she says, now halfway through high school. 

    She’s a five-time Youth National Climbing Team member and qualified for the 2020 world cups as an adult. But more than wins or sends, Quinn seems to be focused on the longevity aspect of her climbing life. “I’ve had ups and downs, and to have stuck with it to be where I am now—that is my proudest accomplishment.”

    We caught up with Quinn—one of the

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  6. Congrats! Graham Zimmerman Receives Piolet d'Or

    Congrats! Graham Zimmerman Receives Piolet d'Or
    Graham and his team honored for ascent of Link Sar in the Karakoram.
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  7. Graham Zimmerman, Steve Swenson, Chris Wright and Mark Richey Make First Ascent of Link Sar (7041m) in Central Pakistani Karakoram

    Graham Zimmerman, Steve Swenson, Chris Wright and Mark Richey Make First Ascent of Link Sar (7041m) in Central Pakistani Karakoram
    The team snatches the coveted FA via the Southeast Face (M6+ WI4 90°, 2300m).
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  8. Gordon McArthur On Coming Back To The World Cup Ice Climbing Circuit

    Gordon McArthur On Coming Back To The World Cup Ice Climbing Circuit
    With fresh excitement, and a drive to see it through, Gordon McArthur is psyched to be back on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Circuit.
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  9. Pat Goodman



    Hometown: Fayetteville, West Virginia
    Sponsors: Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Metolius, Julbo, Big Agnes
    Current Transportation: Dodge Promaster and a DR 650
    Favorite Places: Desert Southwest; New River Gorge; Anywhere in the alpine with big granite walls
    Core Activities: Rock Climbing, Alpine Climbing
    My Jam is: Orion by Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Non-core Activities: Photography, Rafting, Woodwork
    I Eat Lots of: Eggs and broccoli
    Fun Fact: I like sewing

    The biggest thing in the empty desert outside Farmington, N.M., where Pat Goodman grew up, was the rugged form of Ship Rock. “Everybody within a hundred miles can see the Ship Rock, which is really the ancient remains of a volcano that towers above the barren New Mexican landscape,” Pat remembers. By the age of 14, Pat knew he wanted to climb it. “Its crumbling fluted walls are shrouded with Navajoland mystique. It was only natural for us to want to want to do it.”

    After a studying in Colorado, Goodman

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  10. So Worth It: Sarah Hueniken Goes All-In For A Once-In-A-Lifetime Climb

    So Worth It: Sarah Hueniken Goes All-In For A Once-In-A-Lifetime Climb
    The Christmas Tree might be one of the most beautiful ice climbs in the world—but it's also remote and volatile. Sarah Hueniken made the trek, and knew she was committed.
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  11. So Worth It: Jessica Baker's Tips For Being Present

    So Worth It: Jessica Baker's Tips For Being Present
    Whether it's assessing snowpack with a guide client or playing with her daughter, Jessica aims to be all there.
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  12. So Worth It: Zack Giffin Believes Skiers Are The Original Tiny House Folks

    So Worth It: Zack Giffin Believes Skiers Are The Original Tiny House Folks
    If you sacrifice all else to get the pow, you know what he's talking about.
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