Summer started in fine style for the Gear Geek this year, in large part thanks to the Outdoor Press Camp, a media event hosted in Park City, Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, where a host of outdoor and travel gear-makers flaunt their latest/greatest over four days of gear-speak, food, drink, and outdoor play. The weather was pristine—hot in the sun, cool in the shade, and chilly at night. Deer Valley lived up to its rep for high-end hospitality, as evidenced by culinary talents that proved “buffet” doesn’t have to be a bad word (especially when they used the Camp Chef’s slow-cooker). But its warmer-weather activities also demonstrated that the resort is about so much more than skiing—as in lift-service hiking and mountain biking, stand-up paddle-boarding, trail running, and…it bears repeating, lift-service hiking and biking. Here are a few highlights for what’s coming down the pike or just hit the market.
Main and lead photo by Don LaVange/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).