Community Partnerships

Outdoor Research Community Partners work to create safe, accessible, and equitable outdoor spaces for current and future generations.


NON-PROFIT ALLIANCES

Access Fund — The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1990, the Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering. Outdoor Research and Access Fund have shared a partnership for over 15 years.
Alpine Club of Canada — The Alpine Club of Canada is Canada's national mountaineering organization. Based in Canmore, Alberta, the A.C.C. has been a focal point for Canadian mountaineers since 1906. A key corporate partner in Canada, Outdoor Research has been a supporting member of the ACC for over a decade. Our support goes to the national office, but our impact reaches nation-wide, to the regional sections of the ACC. Volunteer leaders are given access to the CA Pro program and numerous consumer communication opportunities are extended to us via this partnership.
American Alpine Club — Providing knowledge and inspiration, conservation, advocacy, and logistical support to the climbing community, the American Alpine Club is America’s premiere climbing organization. Outdoor Research furthers its 15-year relationship with the AAC through increased involvement at events like Craggin’ Classic and regional dinners.
American Mountain Guide’s Association — The American Mountain Guide’s Association (AMGA) is the premier source for training, credentials, and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States. Outdoor Research and the AMGA have a strong partnership dating back over 12 years. As a brand that aligns itself with the guiding community, our support of the AMGA is critical to maintaining a strong relationship with the community they serve.
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides — Education and mountain safety have always been important to Outdoor Research, and the guides of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides 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 Outdoor Research’s gear innovations have come from these hardworking professionals, with whom we’ve partnered with for over 10 years.
Avalanche Canada — Avalanche Canada provides leadership, development, communication, coordination and delivery of public avalanche safety products and services through a collaborative, diverse and multilevel network. As a partner of over 10 years, Outdoor Research’s support helps maintain avalanche education and training in some of the most complex winter terrain in the world. Our in-kind product is used to support member drives and event support.
Camber Outdoors — Camber Outdoors is dedicated to working toward more inclusive, innovative active-outdoor industries by promoting gender diversity in the workplace. Outdoor Research has been a supporter of Camber Outdoor (formerly the OIWC) for over 8 years, and in 2015 we joined 11 other organizations to help support the CEO Pledge, an initiative designed to attract and retain women in the workplace and leadership positions.
The Conservation Alliance — The Conservation Alliance is a group of like-mind companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. We direct our funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat and outdoor recreation. The Alliance was founded in 1989 by outdoor industry leaders REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who shared the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts.
Northwest Avalanche Center — Winter backcountry enthusiasts of the northwest, Outdoor Research employees included, use the information provided by NWAC to be safer in avalanche country. The importance of this became painfully apparent to the Outdoor Research family in 2003 when our founder, Ron Gregg, was killed in an avalanche. In addition to supporting NWAC for over 15 years, Outdoor Research is proud to sponsor local events like Benefit Bash, Vertfest, and Snowball that helps maintain critical avalanche forecasting for the Cascade and Olympic mountains.
SheJumps — SheJumps is a national non-profit devoted and dedicated to increasing participation of girls and women in outdoor activities through free outdoor educational programming, events, and grassroots recreational gatherings. Outdoor Research supports the SheJumps education program through events that teach technical skills designed to help women become more self-sufficient in the outdoors and social outings centered around improving women’s outdoor proficiencies.
Utah Avalanche Center — Utah Avalanche Center is a collaborative effort between the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, whose mission is to keep people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth™ by giving winter backcountry travelers the tools they need to stay alive and have fun in avalanche terrain.
Washington Trails Association — 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. Outdoor Research has been a WTA partner for over 10 years, supporting events like the August Hike-A-Thon, the largest and most financially impactful event hosted by WTA.
Winter Wildlands Alliance — Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and preserving winter wildlands and human-powered snow sports experience on public lands. Outdoor Research has been a proud supporter of WWA for over 12 years, supporting large-scale issues like the Backcountry Film Festival, with over 80 tour stops across the U.S., as well as limiting snowmobile access in Yellowstone National Park.
Women’s Wilderness — Colorado based non-profit Women’s Wilderness aims to strengthen confidence and leadership qualities of girls and women through support of group wilderness and community-based experiences.


DONATION PROGRAMS

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Access Fund — The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1990, the Access Fund supports and represents over 1.6 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering. Outdoor Research and Access Fund have shared a partnership for over 15 years.
Washington Trails Association — 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. Outdoor Research has been a WTA partner for over 10 years, supporting events like the August Hike-A-Thon, the largest and most financially impactful event hosted by WTA.
Winter Wildlands Alliance — Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and preserving winter wildlands and human-powered snow sports experience on public lands. Outdoor Research has been a proud supporter of WWA for over 12 years, supporting large-scale issues like the Backcountry Film Festival, with over 80 tour stops across the U.S., as well as limiting snowmobile access in Yellowstone National Park.
Women’s Wilderness — Colorado based non-profit Women’s Wilderness aims to strengthen confidence and leadership qualities of girls and women through support of group wilderness and community-based experiences.
Warrior Expeditions — In 1948, Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to "walk off the war" to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Following in Earl Shaffer’s footsteps and in recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance outdoor expeditions, Warrior Expeditions created the Warrior Hike, Warrior Bike, and Warrior Paddle programs which are designed to help veterans transition from their wartime experiences.

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