Outdoor Element Blog

  • What does it mean to "Explore with Confidence?"

    'Explore with Confidence' is more than a tagline for Outdoor Element. It's  about believing in our untapped potential and conquering challenges. It's a mindset that empowers us to embrace the unknown, discover our true capabilities, and set out on epic adventures with unwavering self-assurance.

    In honor of Father's Day, I would like to share a snippet from my personal journey that showcases how my father instilled in me the unwavering belief that we're all capable of achieving remarkable feats and embracing the unknown.

  • It Takes a Community

    Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes of a small business? You'll see struggle, strength, creativity, and grind. Chasing the dream isn't for the faint of heart.

    My dream is to help everyone explore the outdoors with confidence. The OE mission statement sums it up…”Sparking confident adventure through innovative gear.” Developing innovative gear is a passion of mine. Running a business also requires marketing, logistics, and fulfillment to get the word out and get product in your hands. It takes a lot of hats to run a business.

    Critical opinions are sought after. Mentors and collaborators are treasured. The Campfire Co-Op Demo Days hosted by Georgia Bushcraft provided both in one place.

  • 4 Things I'm Grateful for as an Entrepreneur

    I quit my 9-5 in late 2017 to be all in on pursuing my American Dream – growing Outdoor Element. I knew going in the hill ahead would be a steep and risky climb.

    What I didn’t realize is how much I’d love this journey. Struggles and all.

    Reflecting on the past year, I’ve compiled a list of 4 things I’m grateful for as an entrepreneur.

  • Road Trips, Mt Adams, Pants, and Good Eats.

    If you find yourself on a solo multi day road trip, and you don’t have at least one hard cry, I think you might be doing it wrong. I had the opportunity to drive from south Denver to the base of Mt Rainier and back – that’s 40 hours or more to cover the 2,600+ miles round trip). I am grateful for an emotional ride. 
  • Business, Politics, and Religion – 301 Punitive Tariffs

    As a society, we have dehumanized China ...we hate them. We hear that they are evil. I have listened to this from both sides of the political spectrum. I have heard it from mainstream media. Talk about #stopAsianhate. It saddens me. Truth is, China is filled with over a billion people -- people with families, daughters, sons, and grandparents. I know and work with a few of these people. They treat me like family. Are there evil people in China? Does China have political ideology that I don’t subscribe to? Yes. Now let’s look at the beam in our American eye. Does evil exist here? Are their political divides in America? Yes. Why have we demonized all of China?