Scenes from ‘OR Show’ 2013

We’re in the midst of the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah this week, where hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of people (including six of us from GearJunkie!) descend upon Salt Lake City to learn about new gear, grab swag, see old friends, ski, party, and generally have a great time in the OR Bubble away from the real world for a few days. Here are some images we’ve captured so far, 20+ scenes from OR to give a feel for what this twice-annual outdoor gathering is all about. —Stephen Regenold

Ice ax target practice

Waterproof backpack from Mountain Hardwear and OutDry (comes out in 2014)

REI Allstar Suit

Breakdancing at Vibram booth

Submerging a new type of synthetic down (Thermoball) at The North Face booth

Spring-like conditions on the slopes in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Ersatz Northern Lights art installation courtesy of KEEN

Crowds of OR

Black Diamond releases full apparel and outerwear line

Jim Whittaker, 1st American to summit Mt. Everest, signs a poster for the next generation of climbers

Google maps on a hike? Osprey pack has integrated tap-through cover

VIP Access!

Hip-hop artist Macklemore on stage

A morning of powder turns in Utah backcountry

GearJunkie award sighting (Suunto booth)

John Wordin, receiving his EPIC Axe trophy at Wenger booth

Jim Whittaker at Eddie Bauer dinner presentation

On-snow Demo Day, Solitude Mountain Resort

Uphill at Solitude Resort

Climber Chris Sharma (right) poses with GJ editor Patrick Murphy

11a.m. chalet patio dweller

K2 splitboards lined up to test

Gearing up with La Sportiva at Demo Day

—Monitor GearJunkie’s Outdoor Retailer Channel for gear coverage, our “Best in Show” awards, and live reports from the trade show floor.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.