Whew! The 48th Bi-Annual Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo has drawn to a close in Minneapolis and what a fun, rewarding ride it has been. Three busy days of providing the utmost in Osprey pack fit and customer service on the front lines where 35 years of design innovation and independence meet the backs of end users ready to head out for the summer-the nicest three weeks in Minnesota!
More popular than ever, this event saw the Aether/Ariel Series of packs lead the way out the door towards a lifetime of adventure, with Atmos and Aura bringing up a close second and the ever versatile Kestrels and Talons rounding out the list of the chosen Ospreys to fly the coop. Good choices all! The excitement throughout the shop was amazing, people and staff were motivated and moving fast to make sure every customer’s gear needs were met as they head out for a season of adventure. If you have yet to have a chance to check out one of Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expos, I leave my first one highly recommending that if you have the opportunity that you seize it with both arms and don’t let go. Three days of amazing presentations, clinics, films, food, fun, advice and incredible savings on all manner of outdoor adventure gear.
Special thanks to Midwest Mountaineering’s Rod and Sharon Johnson for hosting this unique retail event, as well as their staff of experts: Will-master of the camping department, Claire-expert pack fitter and recent through hiker of the PCT, Jessie, Seth, Sam and many others whose names elude me in my current state. They talk the talk and walk the walk of outdoor adventure and their enthusiasm and attitude is something to behold. Thanks also to Osprey North Central Reps extraordinaire Brian Block and Peter Grimes for working the event like the masters they are and representing Osprey in a positive, professional, progressive and downright fun way.
Enjoy the few pictures I was able to snap between pack fitting and enjoy the Osprey Packs. We will see you all again next April in Minneapolis for another amazing edition of the Outdoor Adventure Expo.