Find your next adventure on a Nat Geo map! With so many exciting new maps being released for the summer, there were plenty of adventures to be found. The Road Atlas‘s were especially popular– lets all road trip north to escape the heat. Check out the lightness and ease of setting up and breaking down a pair of LEKI Poles! It only took us a few minutes to master the ‘LEKI pull.’ If you hold them in two specific spots and hold, it literally builds itself in less than a second. We had a great time showing scavenger hunt participants the fastest way to equip themselves with poles. Take a crazy photo in a Crazy Creek chair! We had Crazy Creek chairs stationed all around the festival. You had your pick of the original chair or Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair or Crazy Legs Leisure Chair. How crazy was your crazy photo? Experience the future, with a UCO headlamp! Before trying a UCO headlamp, I had no idea there could be so many improvements to the classic model you find at your local sporting goods store. Copper Mountain attendees got to see for themselves why this headlamp is brighter than the rest (literally). We attended our second year of Copper Mountain Music Festival, and enjoyed the second year of dipping and ducking around Center Village ticking off activities in a mountain-wide scavenger hunt. Follow along in our own virtual scavenger hunt as we explore Copper and the companies that helped made Copper Mountain Music Festival awesome for the second year in a row.Pack a Sea To Summit Ultra Light Hammock. These hammocks are ultra light, and ultra easy to pack. Coming in at the super skinny 5.4 ounces, they’re breathable but able to support you in all your relaxing needs. If you need reassurance, take a look at the video we did last year. Check out the Wenzel Tent! What better way to get away from the energy of the festival than to peak into a Wenzel tent and have some time to yourself. We set up the tent in the grass and let participants have some time out of the sun. Copper Mountain is a resort built on family and community. We felt right at home when we pulled into the festival for the second time. Everyone who participated in the scavenger hunt was happy, excited, and ready to try new things. If that’s not a good basis for a community, we don’t know what is.We have plenty of community events coming up and we would love to see you at all of them! Next Saturday, July 14th, we are working with Salida Mountain Trails to build more trails in the area. On July 21st we are hosting our second annual Elevation Outdoors group campout. Hope to see you there! Guess the weight of the Lowe Alpine pack! Can you virtually guess it through the screen? We even let participants hold the pack to get a better guess. This Aeon weighs in at a mere 33 ounces and functions as both a daypack or one-night backpacking backpack. Tour the Live Outside and Play Van.We had our home on display for everyone to peek into. This year, Timbr Basecamps helped with our build, and then we finished it off. Plenty of questions, plenty of answers, and plenty of interest in the #vanlife. Take a photo of your best “air row” in an Old Town kayak! You don’t need water to experience how comfortable these kayaks are. Even on land you can explore the storage possibilities and recline in the fully adjustable seat. We had many a kid and adult alike take em out for an “air spin” Learn how to expand and break down a Hydrapak! When you can hold a packed up HydraPak in your hands, you can truly see how convenient they are. This water bottle got popped in and out all day long and still held strong by the end of the day. Challenge a Nite Ize gear tie by hanging as much gear as possible! This one was tough to do because we were worried the tent was going to break before the gear tie did. These tiny guys are mighty, reusable, and super duper strong. Taste some Mountain House freeze-dried food. Slingin’ samples all day! We had the two burner going from morning to evening making Mountain House samples. With a variety of flavors to try, we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered.
OMAHA — Fears about coronavirus slowed Iowa’s economy during February, along with the overall economy across the Midwest, according to a Creighton University survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine states.Creighton economist Ernie Goss says the impact on commerce is critical, as the virus has infected tens of thousands of people around the world, with more than three-thousand dead.“We asked the supply managers, and these are men and women that are buying goods from abroad in many cases and domestically, four out of ten, 40% of supply managers indicated negative impacts from the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern for the regional economy going forward.”The illness originated in China and that’s where tens of millions of people are quarantined, with factories of all sorts temporarily closed. Goss says that’s gumming up the gears that would ordinarily keep manufacturing moving.“Twenty-seven percent said they’d switch vendors, actually switch vendors because of the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern if this coronavirus is, if we see do that in the U.S. popping up more so than what we’ve seen thus far.” On the plus side, Goss says some of those supply managers who said they’re switching vendors are switching to -domestic- vendors.The stock market tumbled last week over fears about the virus and Goss says it’s brought about a quick response. “We’re seeing businesses and individual investors looking for safety, safety is the number-one concern right now, not the rate of return,” Goss says. “Where do you go for safety? Gold. Gold prices are up. Where else do you go for safety? U.S. Treasury bonds, pushing up prices and yields down.”Goss says hiring across the region is down as businesses continue to struggle to find qualified workers.The monthly Creighton survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.