Christopher Pollak on a mountain summit

By Christopher Pollak @chrispollak From planning combat operations, humanitarian missions, or personnel recovery, how do military skills translate to the outdoor industry? Transitioning from the military into a civilian job was not easy. Particularly, translating my experiences into a resume and convincing industry professionals that they should hire a military veteran over someone who has


Our Directors of Toughness kicked off 9 months of travel with the gear-testing trip of a lifetime. Here are their must-have gear for their trip to Manchester, UK and Iceland: Faith Briggs: Women’s Adera Brilliant Reflection™ Spacedye Hoodie: Ideal for early morning runs, the Spacedye hoodie has wicking properties and 4-way comfort-stretch fabric for maximum mobility and

Your Directors of Toughness traveled to Manchester, UK and Iceland to test out not only Columbia Sportswear’s gear, but also their endurance, strength, and mental toughness. Do they have what it takes? Find out below: Take a deeper dive into the Directors of Toughness journey through Manchester, UK and Iceland. United Kingdom: I’m coming home!

By Faith Briggs @faithevebee On a crisp Icelandic morning, we were greeted by Bjorn, who was beaming with enthusiasm. Mark and I piled into the back of his car with volunteers from an organization called Seeds. We’re driving to a site slightly outside of Reykjavik where his organization, Gróður fyrir fólk í Landnámi Ingólfs (GFF),

Faith Briggs in Iceland

by Faith Briggs @faithevebee When Denis Irwin, Manchester United football legend, meets you at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, United Kingdom, arguably one of the most recognizable sports arenas in the world, and tells you that the task at hand is playing football in Iceland, you know you’re in the midst of an incredible adventure.


I have to admit that when it was announced that I was heading back to the United Kingdom for my first trip as Director of Toughness, I honestly was shocked. Although, I should probably know better by now than to try and second guess what Columbia has in store for me and my fellow Director of

Exercise is great both for kids and adults. But it’s hard to muster much enthusiasm to get outdoors on cold, dark winter mornings. The answer? Take up a snow sport, whether it is alpine skiing (downhill), snowboarding, cross-country (Nordic or Skate), or even snowshoeing. Sure, there’s some commitment involved with learning and gearing up, but