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Columbia joins forces with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Passing along some great news today! The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team named Columbia as the official outerwear provider through the 2014 Olympic Winter Game in Sochi! We caught up with the team at the training center in Park City, Utah yesterday to watch them practice. Exclusive pictures can be found on our new twitter account @columbia1938.

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12 runners. 200 miles. 28 hours.

To get a glimpse of the grueling, perhaps completely crazy feat we pulled off recently, hop over to Google maps, do a search for Mt. Hood to Seaside, OR and select the walk option. That was our weekend. If you have the drive, the guts and the momentary lapse in good judgment, maybe we’ll see you on the mountain next year.

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Sunshine and Smiles.

Friday, August 19th was a beautiful day in Portland, Oregon. The 250 volunteers from the Conservation Alliance member companies (KEEN, Columbia Sportswear, Icebreaker, Merrell, Horny Toad, REI and Egan & Associates) took full advantage of one of the summer’s nicest days. We spent our morning pulling ivy, rebuilding trails and demolishing a decommissioned foot-bridge in Forest and Sellwood Parks, as well as working in other local locations, working up a sweat and really earning our lunch.

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Danny Macaskill – Industrial Revolutions

Street trials riding star Danny Macaskill comes with another incredible video. This time, he rides on a cable.

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Tour de Cure Roundup – Sun, Fun, Success.

Our own Lynsye M. recaps the Tour de Cure, and the great time had by all while volunteering at our aid station. Turns out this year’s event was a Tour de Cute.

“I love volunteering with Columbia for Portland’s Tour de Cure! When I was very young, my grandfather passed away from a Diabetic related illness. Volunteering for this event is my way of honoring him. This year was my 4th year participating, along with my husband. Last year, I was 2 months pregnant, and this year, we brought along our 6 month old, Oliver.

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Mid July Skiing

On July 14th my buddy and I headed down near Mammoth Lakes and skied the Bloody Couloir. This prominent line towers over Highway 395, and is visible from miles away. Luckily, its north facing, and it holds snow really well.

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July Newsletter – The Sunscreen Issue: Could you do my back?

Our July newsletter features awkward instances of sun lotion application. You know what we’re talking about. Spreading sunscreen on other people’s sweaty skin. Skin often covered with a thick coat of shag. Skin south or north of the universally accepted friend line.

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Casting on the Deschutes

Dan is back at it again, this time with a line or two on the Deschutes (D) river.

“The Salmon fly hatch is certainly in the final chapter on the “D”, as we suspected. We did see Mr. Salmon D. Fly cruising to and fro, but it was not the food of choice for our red-sided friends on the surface.

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Our Resident Fisherman Reports from the Metolius

Dan, our go-to-guy for everything fly fishing, takes a June trip to the Metolius River, and ends up with quite a handful.

“While most people are heading to the Big D, I had to remind myself of that fact and head to a place I call heaven……The Metolius River.

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Casting About: Deschutes Opening Report

It’s here again: fishing season on the Deschutes. The air is still chilly, but the sun’s out and the fish are rising. Our man Dan is a pretty serious fisherman (and that’s not even taking his past life as a professional into account) so when he sends over a report, it’s worth paying attention. Here are his thoughts from his opening weekend on the mystic and wonderful Deschutes.

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