New Partnerships

At Backbone we are constantly being challenged by a rapidly evolving media landscape. The industry’s ever-changing nature invites us to collaborate, take risks and bring on new talent in order to stay ahead of the game and bring fresh ideas to our clients. We are fortunate to work with and to find partners that push us to evolve, innovate and ideate on their behalf. With that, we are pleased to introduce these new, brand partnerships in public relations and media planning. The first thing they will do is trying to figure out how you buy youtube views.






PK Grills
— Portable Kitchen (PK) Grills is an American-made company founded in 1952. The grills are combination smoker and charcoal BBQ and the aluminum cast is poured entirely in the US. These minimalist grills are built to last, and a recent grilling demo at our Carbondale headquarters solidified that a PK grill can cook an excellent steak. Check out their pouring process, here.


Voke Tab A Montana based start-up, these natural, energy tabs have gathered a cult following among top alpinists like Conrad Anker and Kit DesLauriers. Voke’s founder, Kalen Caughey, grew up ski racing, but found that bringing coffee on the chairlift for early morning practice was messy and inconvenient. He worked with his dad, a biochemist, to come up with a combination of natural ingredients (guarana berry, acerola cherry, and green tea leaf caffeine) that would deliver a smooth boost of energy in a portable way. At $7 a tin, Voke is a cost effective way to get an energy boost on-the-go. imgres-1 EnerPlex_December_5_2014_213


EnerPlex Only a few miles north of our Denver Backbone office, in Thorton, CO, EnerPlex has their HQ. EnerPlex makes portable, rugged, and solar-powered technology: from generators, to iPhone cases and portable batteries. In a category that is dominated by Goal Zero, EnerPlex has a real opportunity to steal some market share, with products that are lighter, more durable and less expensive than many GoalZero counterparts.


Breckenridge Tourism Office Formerly known as GoBreck, the Breckenridge Tourism Office has long been a leader in the DMO (destination marketing organization) space.We were up against some of the best agencies in the business, and we’re thrilled to have landed the account. The Breckenridge Tourism Office’s summer #BreckBecause campaign won the “Governor’s Award for Outstanding Marketing Program” at the 2013 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference. With Breckenridge we will focus on digital strategy and initiatives in order to push the envelope for one of Colorado’s most-visited ski towns.




CAT Phones, a branch of the larger CAT brand, CAT Phones are truly indestructible. Say goodbye to your cracked iPhone screen; CAT phones can endure pretty much anything.




I and Love and You an all-natural, grain free and raw pet food company whose products are sold at a wide range of grocery stores (not just health-food markets). As for the name, it might be an unconventional tongue-twister, and also the name of an Avett Brothers album, but the proof is in the heart-shaped kibble — our office dogs Hank and Sadie seem to be loving their new grub.

Decked While it’s hard to find a car in Colorado without a roof rack, these truck bed organizers from our new client, Decked, are the latest accessory you’ll covet. Decked car organizers are good for holding all of your work essentials AND all of your play essentials.

A Backbone “Charge” & New Faces

With half of 2015 already over (no way, right?) here are some updates on a whirlwind six months at Backbone Media.

We took a company “Charge” down the Numbers section of the Arkansas River and spent the day rafting and camping.

We brought 10 new employees on board — for comparisons sake, in 2014 we hired 13 new employees total.

The Charge

A sunny day in June. A raging river. And 20 cases of beer.


Topped off with camping in the Sawatch range, BBQ, an enthusiastic game of dice and a massive bonfire.



New Faces:

As a growing agency we hired two notable names in order to expand and develop new services. Sam Bass joins Backbone as Editor and Content Director and Charlie Lozner joins the team as Director of Integrated Services. Both will be based in our Carbondale headquarters.

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Charlie Lozner (left) was previously the Director of Marketing for Outdoor Research — the media team worked closely with Lozner as Outdoor Research is one of our clients. Lozner will help bridge our suite of services and offer clients the most integrated results possible across PR, media planning and content.



Sam Bass (right) joins Backbone after 12 years at Skiing Magazine where he was Editor-in-Chief. A longtime friend of Backbone, Bass will help Backbone develop content solutions for our existing clients.


On the public relations side two new hires will help drive the agency forward for some of our new clients.



Brittany Hodill (left) joins Backbone from New Zealand (and previous to that, San Francisco). Hodill brings with her knowledge of the technology and lifestyle space after working for clients like FitBit, Visa and Beats by Dre.





Eric “Hende” Henderson (right) joins Backbone as a Senior PR Account Manager —Hende was previously the communications manager at Salewa North America and before that he spent five years at Denny, Ink. Hende is also a culinary institute trained chef,  farm-to-table caterer, and hard-charging skier.

On the media side, an additional media planner, two media coordinators and a media intern bolster the growing team. Scott Warren joins Backbone as a media planner; Scott was previously at Travel Oregon as an insight and planning manager based out of Portland. Scott informed us that Carbondale actually has more bikes and breweries per capita than Portland, so he should feel right at home.



Two new media coordinators have joined Backbone, both of them recent Colorado College graduates (the Colorado College takeover is in full swing, as seven of our employees have graduated from the school). Nick Pinto (left) and Patrick Lynch (right) will provide support for the growing media team.


Interns. Backbone has three interns these days — providing support across both PR and media.


On the PR side, Philip Chambers (left) is a recent graduate of Columbia University— Chambers is an avid climber psyched to get out of NYC. Celine Wright,  another recent Colorado College grad originally from Telluride, CO, is bringing support and social media skills. Connor Jackson joins as a media intern — Jackson is a Roaring Fork Valley native.

And on that note, we’re also hiring! Backbone is in need of an Office Manager for our Carbondale office, and a PR account manager who is thoroughly involved in the hunt/fish space. Apply here.




It’s Time We Discuss that Little White Ghost

Unknown For those that don’t know, we’re talking about Snapchat: an app that allows you to share photos and videos with a select group of your friends. “Snaps” allow a user to share, in real time, an experience, a location or a reaction, with the catch being that the messages disappear within a matter of seconds — you better be paying attention.  The app allows a glimpse into your personal life unbridled by the noise of “likes” and comments which are commonplace on other social platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

While it once seemed like just a fad — good for taking selfies and not much else, and nearly resulted in a sale to Facebook —Snapchat’s exponentially growing user numbers, around 200 million a month, prove that it’s definitely here to stay. Snapchat’s key demographic is 13-25-year-olds, a unique group of Millennials who have grown up in this social-media-crazed age.

Because of the access to this previously unreachable age demographic, social media influencers and bloggers are now looking to have their network of followers join them on Snapchat, in addition to sites like Instagram and Facebook. On a recent press trip that Backbone organized for Eddie Bauer in Mexico, there was a mix of bloggers and fitness/style editors and this exact conversation came up a few times over the course of the four-day trip. Snapchat’s newfound importance became clear.


The media trip crew in Mexico

Bloggers see Snapchat as a way to not only allow fans greater access into their private lives, but as a channel through which they can authenticate themselves as experts in their field— be it fitness, beauty, fashion, food or healthy lifestyle. For example, the bloggers on this recent press trip were both style mavens and fitness enthusiasts, so having their fans see them surfing, hiking, and climbing a rock wall means they are living what they preach. Their experiences were captured on Snapchat unfiltered and in real time, as opposed to still photos you would see on Instagram, which have likely been altered.

But Snapchat is also capturing the interest of larger news organizations and brands. Snapchat launched the Discover feature in January, which allows brands and news outlets to continue with a traditional style of communication, reformatted for the digital age: “straight from the editorial team of a news organization into the hands of consumers, without a social media filter” says Tajha Chappellet-Lanier in an NPR article from January 2015.


Snapchat’s “Discover” feature

With the launch of Discover, it’s not just news sites that are taking notice, but brands are beginning to jump on board as well. From getting sneak peaks at new collections, behind the scenes glimpses of major fashion shows, NBA drafts or even product testing, there are limitless ways that Snapchat can be utilized.

We’ll be watching to see how Snapchat continues to grow and if more brands turn to Snapchat as a way to engage with  users — just as they do on Instagram.  Social media is an ever-evolving platform and Snapchat is the new heavy hitter.

— Alison Nestel-Patt & Celine Wright


Telluride Mountainfilm

Mountainfilm kicked off Telluride’s series of summer festivals last weekend with four, snowy days of  inspirational speakers, adventure films and coffee talks.  Several Backbone staffers attended the festival and rounded up a few of their favorite picks from the weekend.


Jimmy Chin’s highly-anticipated film, which premiered at Sundance and won the Audience Choice Award, lives up to the hype. The film covers Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk and Chin’s attempts at climbing (and eventual first ascent of) the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Himalaya. “Meru’s” greatest strength, however, is the way the traditional climbing narrative is interwoven with scenes and struggles from the climber’s lives. From Anker’s challenge of balancing family with the dangers of alpine climbing, to Ozturk’s severe brain injury (sustained only 5 months before the team was set to depart for their second attempt), “Meru” captures more than just the difficulty of the climb itself.

The Important Places

Forest Woodward’s short film, which also played at 5point Film Festival, is hard to not watch over and over again. The film chronicles a father and son trip down the Grand Canyon, a trip Woodward’s father, who is now 70, had completed 45 years earlier. Between the sweet poem, written by Woodward’s father, that acts as the film’s intro, and the beautiful cinematography, “The Important Places” is a gentle reminder to treasure the quiet spaces that restore your sense of self. Watch the short below:



Almost 150 people were turned away from “Unbranded’s” first, packed-to-the-gills Mountainfilm showing — an easy indicator of what was in store. The film chronicles the journey of four recent college-grads who decide to ride wild mustangs (who they’ve trained, first) from Mexico to Canada through trails on public land. And while it is a (very) entertaining adventure movie, “Unbranded” also educates viewers about the nearly 50,000 wild horses kept in government holding facilities, waiting to be adopted. “Unbranded” subtly proves these mustangs’ worth as they endure a rigorous journey through cactus-ridden mesas, steep mountain passes and summer thunderstorms.


Ben Knight was inspired to make movies because of Mountainfilm, and now his films are the ones that no festival-goer  wants to miss. “Denali’s” greatest strength is Knight’s entertaining first-person narration of his friend Ben Moon’s dog, Denali. Moon, a photographer and filmmaker, was diagnosed with cancer in his twenties, and the film chronicles the friendship between Denali and Moon as they endure life’s struggles and embrace its adventures. “Denali” won the People’s Choice Award at 5Point Film Festival, and is surely a tear-jerker for all those pet owners out there.

images   — Celine Wright

Q&A: Ian Durkin — Video Curator, Vimeo

This is one in a series of short Q&A’s with people in the outdoor/active lifestyle industry who are doing cool, inspiring things. Want to nominate someone? Leave their name in the comments and we’ll see what they’re all about.  IanDurkin01 Name: Ian Durkin

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Age: 27

Instagram: @ianbdurkin

It’s hard to define a dream job, but we’d say Ian Durkin’s is up there. As a video curator for Vimeo – a popular video sharing platform for independent filmmakers— Durkin spends his days not only watching videos, but is an influencer behind the selections for Vimeo’s famed Staff Picks. A graduate of Middlebury College, where he was an American studies major, Durkin landed a 6-month internship shortly after graduation and the rest is history. Durkin was a panelist on our recent POV panel during the 5point Film Festival, which you can read about, here.  We tried to squeeze a bit more information from him about his super cool job (he’s also a filmmaker and photographer on the side) and what’s trending in the Vimeo world these days. Here’s the lowdown :



Photos by Ian Durkin

As a video curator, what does your job really entail? 

My job entails a few different things. Daily, I’m watching a bunch of videos and featuring the especially great videos on the Vimeo Staff Picks Channel, but i’m also talking with filmmakers about the stuff they’re making via email and at film festivals. Otherwise, I’m working on one-off projects; be it curating programs for festivals or putting together editorial content.
But you’re also a filmmaker. Is watching other people’s videos all day inspiring or frustrating?
If I didn’t do it as a job, I know I’d watch a lot of videos anyhow for fun or to get ideas. So yeah, it’s very inspiring to watch great content all day. It gets me motivated to try to make my own.
What would you love to make a video about but haven’t gotten the chance to yet (or are working on currently)? 
I’m currently working on a video from a surf trip I did down in Baja with some friends. My videos tend to be trip based, so I’d love to get back to New Zealand to make one.
Who is making a big impact on the Vimeo world lately and why are their films grabbing so much attention?
That’s a tough one. There are definitely a lot of people who, when you see they’ve uploaded something new, you know it’s going to be good. I’m a sucker for style, and these guys bring a unique offering to the table each time. From the trips themselves (trains for a skate trip and Iceland for a surf trip), to shooting solely on 16mm film, to pitch perfect cinematography/editing/music selection, not to mention great skating and surfing to boot. These videos  do more than simply document a trip, they bring in an extra element that gets me psyched to do something of my own, which is what it’s all about, right?
Check out Durkin’s picks below:


—Celine Wright



A Backbone Style Gear Test

The 5Point Film Festival brings in a slew of outdoor industry insiders and athletes to Backbone’s homebase in Carbondale, Colorado. Among the attendees this year were Damian Quigley, associate publisher of Freeskier magazine and Donny O’Neill, senior editor of Freeskier. On Thursday, before the 5Point festivities started,  we took them for an old-fashioned backcountry ski test on Carbondale’s famed Sopris Mountain.

The group skinning up Sopris.

A little backstory here: throughout the year Backbone attends and hosts ski tests to get the equipment of Black Diamond, La Sportiva and other brands on snow, and tested by publications in the ski industry. The only problem with these tests is you rarely get to use a backcountry skiing setup in its full capacity (i.e. the up and down). Donny was hoping to test the new Black Diamond skis in the backcountry all year, and due to adverse snow conditions, we had to wait until the end of April to make it happen.

Sopris was the objective, but testing gear, showing the Freeskier crew Backbone’s backyard and having fun were some of the perks along the way . The crew consisted of Jason Smith, Donny O’Neill and Damian Quigley from Freeskier, and Sam Coffey, Fielding Miller and John DiCuollo from Backbone.


Yup, still skinning. Earning those turns.

We started our trek at 6:30 a.m. on a clear, April morning. After a quick walk on the frozen mud, we were able to put our skis on and start skinning. 4,000 total feet of climbing later and we reached the summit at 12,966 feet —you could see hints of spring starting to peak through the valley below.


Backbone’s Sam Coffey (front) and John Dicuollo

To me, this trip was a perfect example of what sets Backbone apart. Yes, we’re  PR and media professionals, but each one of us embodies the lifestyle that is associated with these brands. We’re an enthusiastic group of skiers, runners, bikers and climbers who live for the moments we get to spend outside.

Furthermore, when you take someone on an adventure that the gear is created for, it creates a better understanding of the equipment and its capabilities. There are the details that can’t be gathered from reading the specs in a digital workbook. Similarly, there are aspects to relationships that cannot be made through email and phone calls alone. These in-person experiences help us share the products in a more authentic way.


Damian Quigley skiing the bowl

We skied the most-common Sopris line down the bowl of the eastern side of the peak. We enjoyed cold, Colorado snow on the top, harvested some corn in the middle, hit a funky, breakable crust in the basin, and ended with soft, spring slush: it was ideal to test the skis in a variety of conditions. All in all, a solid day of work.

If you want to read the Freeskier side of the story, check it out here:

—Sam Coffey



Backbone Media POV 2015 — “How Does Media Impact Adventure?”

Climber Tommy Caldwell, along with photographer Taylor Rees, Vimeo’s video curator Ian Durkin and grassroots marketing manager for Outdoor Research, Christian Folk spent a rainy afternoon last Friday nestled inside Steve’s Guitars in downtown Carbondale discussing, “How does media impact adventure?” The panel, moderated by Backbone’s own Penn Newhard, ran alongside the 5point Film Festival, which provided a weekend full of inspirational films, speakers, and festivities.


From left to right: Penn Newhard, Tommy Caldwell, Taylor Rees, Ian Durkin and Christian Folk. Photo courtesy of Anders Norblom/5point Film Festival

Tommy Caldwell and his climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson hovered thousands of feet above the ground during their record-breaking, free climb of the Dawn Wall in the Yosemite Valley in January. They were all alone on that monumental face, and yet the touch of a screen could ignite conversation among hundreds of thousands of people.

While 30 years ago their journey could have only been witnessed from those on the ground looking through binoculars, today, that journey was captured in real-time and shared with onlookers all across the globe.

It has Caldwell thinking.

“Do we climb for our own growth, or do we need to share that inspiration?” he said during the panel.

Essentially, Caldwell summed up the moral dilemma facing the interwoven nature of media and adventure: at what point are you taking away from the adventure with constant documentation and sharing?

Caldwell seemed to answer his own question when he mentioned that he dropped his iPhone off of the Dawn Wall. He insists it was an accident with a sly grin, but seemed relieved at the sudden freedom from the digital world.

“I would still much rather go on a trip with no content,” Caldwell said. “But I’m lucky because no companies have come to me and been like, ‘this is what you need to post.’”


Rees brought a different opinion to the table — on a recent expedition, connecting with the digital world provided some much-needed comfort. She was in remote Myanmar where her team (Renan Ozturk, Hilaree O’Neill, Emily Harrington, Cory Richards and Mark Jenkins) struggled with the brutal climate, lack of food, and illness as they attempted to climb Hkakabo Razi.

Rees’ posts during that expedition captured followers with their honesty. As she writes in a November 2014 Instagram post, “Sometimes you have to be stronger than you believe yourself to be…I huddle with them [the cooks] no longer afraid of getting sick. Pure conviction that i’m healthy as can be is my best chance.”

The desire to share your own story is nothing new, but the digital medium —especially social media— provides a window into the adventures of mountain athletes and enthusiasts. Their stories, often full of struggle, challenging circumstances and maybe a summit selfie, or two, are available to follow in real time.

“I think people are just trying to be moved  and that’s really the heart of it,” Caldwell said.

—Celine Wright

Cut Through the Noise with Integrated Strategies and Targeted Outreach

Look around your office: Is your colleague scouring a cool, new website? Is someone on a smartphone checking out Instagram or Snapchat? In the average workday, how often do you find yourself in a rabbit hole on your computer or phone, reading messaging from a brand or someone in your social circle enticing you to make a purchase?

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Consumer brands trying to cut through this noise face a significant challenge. Historically, marketing agencies recommended a siloed approach: advertise in publications that match your target audience and/or engage in a focused PR campaign with that same media.

Of course, this approach doesn’t cut it anymore.

We live in an omni-channel world where consumers not only go into stores, but they research online and survey social networks to gather even more information about products they might purchase. Moreover, they’re doing this research on desktops, mobile devices, and tablets 24/7/365—as well as leaning on their real-world social networks — to gather trend information. Every one of these touch points eventually informs their purchase decision.

This means two things: First, brands must develop marketing programs that can be supported through all touch points—there is no longer a hierarchy in determining where brands should share their message. That being said, utilizing the power of social networks and influencers should be approached with the same depth of strategy as traditional publications.

You can’t fight the power of social networks. Instagram and Twitter personalities are beginning to hold the same prestige as established print publications, and their ability to yield measureable results is staggering. See this engagement Lord & Taylor just brought to life on Instagram. I’m not arguing that a product pick-up in GQ is no longer valuable, but the sweet spot, now, is pick-up in GQ while simultaneously engaging in a digital advertising campaign and seeding that same product to a vetted list of bloggers and Instagram influencers.

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Of course, remaining true to your brand and product is key throughout all of this. It’s ill-advised to pitch and send a new mountaineering boot from La Sportiva to a bunch of fitness bloggers simply because “They are active, too.” Finding the group of social influencers that speaks to your target audience can be tricky, but it’s essential to the success of a campaign.

There will always be room for traditional PR and advertising tactics, but as we look forward in the world of marketing we can no longer ignore just how interconnected our world has become. For brands and marketing agencies alike, acknowledging this and working towards a shift in approach to marketing campaigns will be crucial as we all learn to navigate this rapidly-changing landscape.

— Alison Nestel-Patt

6 Best Practices for Programmatic Advertising


By: David DeMartini

There are few locations within the world of digital media that can rival the reputation of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Last month, Backbone was invited to attend a client immersion day hosted by Rocket Fuel, a programmatic partner with which we work closely. Eager to experience what some call the promised land of innovation, we jumped at the opportunity.

For two days, we attended roundtable discussions covering a range of programmatic topics spanning from ad security and viewability, to mobile device tracking. We were amazed by the level of intelligence and drive to innovate, evidenced by the group of 50 young, eager new hires attending orientation.

Anyone working in the digital advertising space would tell you programmatic advertising has profoundly impacted the marketing landscape. While this shift has provided brands with great opportunity, it’s also become difficult to navigate. In attempts to alleviate some of the challenges, we’ve compiled a list of 6 best practices for programmatic adverting.


6 Best Practices for Programmatic Advertising         

1. Integrate prospecting and retargeting efforts – Programmatic advertising works best when it’s allowed to combine upper- and lower-funnel efforts. Delineating funnel objectives can have a negative effect on performance and should be avoided if possible. Integration allows for maximum data capture, driving faster learning and optimization.

2.  Collect pixel data on every page of the advertiser’s website – Allowing for more data capture drives faster optimization and more efficient impression buying.  Programmatic tactics work best when the maximum amount of data is provided.  While capturing data from conversion pages is important, the systems can also learn from the behavior of users who do not convert, which in most cases is just as valuable.

3. Relax your constraints – Programmatic tactics perform best when they are free to optimize without constraints. Limiting the initial audience to a specific demographic slows the optimization process as less data can be collected. There may be users who convert that fall outside of the target audience- allowing the systems to test this audience will identify either a new group that’s likely to convert or a group that can be ruled out. Either scenario is a useful insight.

4.  Test multiple creative variations in real time – Just as programmatic tactics work best when they are free to analyze many different audience segments, allowing for creative/messaging optimization can vastly increase performance. When optimizing in real time, small variations in creative can greatly impact performance. Allowing the algorithms to make these optimizations based on the millions of data points they collect is the most efficient way to ensure maximum performance. The reality is that these algorithms are able to identify optimal messaging much more efficiently than humans, eliminating errors we sometimes don’t catch.

5. Allow the algorithms to make daily optimization decisions – Marketers by nature, carry a very hands-on mentality. We are used to constantly checking in on our campaigns and making adjustments when necessary: shifting targets, adjusting budgets, changing creative messaging. While this is necessary for traditional advertising tactics, it can be counterproductive in the programmatic space. The systems are able to take environmental variability into account and adjust at the most opportune time. Changing or shifting campaign initiatives can cause models to reset and decrease efficiency.

6. Embrace view-through conversions – View-through conversion is a topic we discuss frequently here at Backbone Media. If we as marketers are succeeding in our profession, a consumer’s path to conversion should be filled with our advertiser’s messaging. Whether it be a display ad, an FBX in feed post, a search result or an email, each play an integral role in driving users to convert. For this reason, it makes little sense to attribute the full conversion to the last touchpoint or click that the user executed before purchase. Ignoring view-through eliminates the value on any top-funnel initiatives. While it’s tempting to take this approach, the reality is it oversimplifies attribution models and can have far reaching negative effects on marketing strategies.


The programmatic space can be difficult to navigate. Feel free to leave any further questions in the comments section or reach out to us directly.


American Pistachio Growers Dinner with Jeremy Jones

1479517_10152084647760530_214732620_nThe American Pistachio Growers (APG) hosted an intimate dinner with professional big mountain snowboarder and APG athlete ambassador Jeremy Jones last month in Boulder with leaders in snow sports media.

In an effort to tell a deeper story with active lifestyle media on the growing partnership between Jones and the American Pistachio Growers, the Backbone Media team worked with culinary experts at Frasca Food & Wine on Pearl Street to craft a pistachio themed evening full of great food and conversation.

Boulder continues to lead the country as a hub for active interest media. Frasca was the ideal venue to bring this community together with APG nutritionist Becci Twombley and Jeremy Jones for conversations regarding snow sports and nutrition. Courses including a raviolo with celery root, ricotta, black truffle and parmesan reggiano, capesante with scallop, cauliflower, blood orange and pistachio and finally crostata di fragile – a strawberry tarte with pistachio gelato.

University of Southern California nutritionist Becci Twombley spoke about modern sports nutrition – and the importance of pistachios – for winter sports athletes. Jeremy discussed his recent trip to Nepal and filming the third installment of his film trilogy with Teton Gravity Research. Jones stressed the importance of proper nutrition and his “recovery window” when he returns to base camp after extended periods filming in the most remote locations.

Twelve members of the media attended, representing titles such as Snowboard Magazine, the Atlantic, the Associated Press, ESPN, Mountain Magazine, SKI/Skiing, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine and the Active Interest Media House. We were psyched to reconnect with old friends and make new acquaintances as well!

Becci Twombley & Jeremy Jones

Becci Twombley & Jeremy Jones

Sue Jotblad from American Pistachio Growers, Kim Beekman from SKI Magazine and Sharon Houghton from Active Interest Media

Sue Jotblad from American Pistachio Growers, Kim Beekman from SKI Magazine and Sharon Houghton from Active Interest Media

Doug Schniztspahn from Elevation Outdoors Magazine & Radha Marcum

Doug Schniztspahn from Elevation Outdoors Magazine & Radha Marcum

Marc Peruzzi from Mountain magazine & Jayme Moye

Marc Peruzzi from Mountain magazine & Jayme Moye


Chris Thompson & Sam Bass from SKI Magazine/ Skiing Magazine and BackboneMedia's Amanda Boyle

Chris Thompson & Sam Bass from SKI Magazine/ Skiing Magazine and BackboneMedia’s Amanda Boyle

By: Amanda Boyle