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.
As the road to the White House kicked off in Iowa, students gathered at Tommy’s Place to follow the presidential contenders as they vied for caucus-goers in a live analysis and panel discussion.The event, which featured panelists including former California State Sen. Tony Strickland, former Democratic Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez, USC College Democrats Vice President Nick Germain and second year USC Gould School of Law student and Republican Chase Bakaly, focused on the impact Iowa will have on the race going forward.The discussion, moderated by Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director Dan Schnur and Daily Trojan Managing Editor Emma Peplow, began with predictions about what the caucus results would mean for the remainder of primary elections. Strickland predicted that Sen. Ted Cruz had the most at stake in the Republican race, highlighting the importance that Iowa will play in determining each party’s nominee.““If [Cruz] is not successful here, I don’t see how he can pull off the nomination moving forward,” Strickland said. “If he can’t win in Iowa, it will be hard to see where he does win — other than in Texas.”Germain noted that the results of the Democratic race might very well be determined by college-aged students.“We see the establishment behind Clinton and progressives behind Sanders,” Germain said. “It depends how many college kids and high school seniors get out to vote.”As early entrance polls came in showing Sen. Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading in Republican and Democratic polls, respectively, the panel discussed the rise of anti-establishment candidates. Strickland attributed the popularity of candidates like Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders to dissatisfaction on both sides of the aisle with regard to how things are done in Washington.“I think the American people want something new,” Strickland said. “If you’re talking to a Democrat, they want someone more progressive. If you’re talking to a Republican, they want someone who is actually going to get things done.”Montañez echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the important role new voters will play in the outcome of the caucus.“The establishment helps determine elections in many different ways,” Montanez said. “The only way we change that is by getting new voters to polling locations.”The panelists discussed what they described as a “civil war” within the Republican party, noting the distinctions between candidates such as Sen. Marco Rubio and Trump. Bakaly noted how Trump’s lead in Iowa could mark a change in the Republican party’s strategy moving forward.“Cruz is running a traditional campaign, but Trump has only been to Iowa a handful of times,” Bakaly said. “We might see that the traditional way Republicans have won Iowa might be over if Trump wins.”Strickland credited Trump’s substantial lead in the Republican party to opponents underestimating his popularity, cautioning Democrats against hoping that the Democratic candidate faces him in the general elections.“I would argue that Donald Trump doesn’t have a Republican brand — he has a Trump brand that is not Republican,” Strickland said. “He has marketed his brand, Trump, as success.”Looking forward to New Hampshire, the panel made predictions regarding what they think the parties will focus on going forward.“From the Republican side in New Hampshire, it’s important to focus on if Marco Rubio can maintain the momentum,” Peplow said. “From the Democratic side, I’d be interested to see if Bernie Sanders can poll as closely to Hillary Clinton and keep up the grassroots support.”Of the approximately 80 students in attendance, some said they had already decided who they will vote for. Petra Reyes, a sophomore majoring in political science who said she will vote for Sen. Sanders in the primary, said Sanders has the most to gain from the Iowa caucus .“I think [Sanders] has a lot to gain if he wins Iowa, similarly to how Barack Obama won Iowa in 2008,” Reyes said. “It propelled him forward throughout the rest of the primaries.”Luke Phillips, a senior majoring in international relations who has decided to vote for Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary, said he was not surprised by the early poll outcomes.“The fact that Marco is trailing at third doesn’t surprise me at all,” Phillips said. “I don’t think the winners in the primaries are going to be the thing that determines who advances to the general election.”