SylvanSport joins Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for Live Outside and Play Tour

SylvanSport and the GO Camping Trailer is psyched to announce that we are teaming up with Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO) magazine for a one year Live Outside and Play tour. From May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015, BRO’s travel editor, Jess Daddio, will be on a journey throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania) seeking the best adventure that our region has to offer.

Fulfilling BRO’s mission of inspiring their audience to go outside and play by providing content that showcases the people, places, and adventures that define this region, Jess will set out in search of the best adventures and stories to tell. Along the way, she will be making appearances at regional festivals and events and giving presentations at Eddie Bauer stores to share her experiences with our audience. Best of all, while on the Live Outside and Play tour, Jess will be living, working, traveling, and playing for one full year in a SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer.

photo: Jess Daddio

So whether you’re a hiker, camper, paddler, climber, biker, or any combination of these, this tour will definitely be worth checking out. And, if you haven’t had a chance to see a GO Camping Trailer in person yet, here’s the perfect opportunity to check one out. You can see full list of all of the events we will be attending on our SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer Upcoming Events page.

photo: Gareth Tate

This is going to be a great tour and you can stay up to date with her adventures here:               

It’s going to be a great weekend in our neck of the woods. Hope it’s the same where you are. Go outside and have some fun!

SylvanSport Joins Backpacker Magazine’s 2014 Get Out More Tour

One of the best parts of the outdoor industry is collaboration between various companies, media organizations, and individuals to put together some really fun events. That’s why we’re so excited to be a part of the 14th annual Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour 2014, an interactive mobile media and education outreach program designed to inspire readers and encourage participation in active outdoor pursuits.

The Get Out More Tour collaborates with specialty outdoor retailers who share the same education and outreach ethic with their customers. Traveling to over 60 locations across the United States, the Get Out More Tour brings BACKPACKER‘s skills, gear and trip advice to life for our audience of outdoor enthusiasts. At each retail stop, the pages of Backpacker Magazine come to life with a 75-minute seminar on trip planning, choosing the right outdoor gear and apparel, safety in the outdoors, and more.

 The 2014 sponsor line-up includes: A3 Bar, Big Agnes, DeLorme, Ecco Sport, Eddie Bauer®, Fits™ Socks Co., Goal Zero®, GSI Outdoors, Helinox, Osprey, Sawyer Products®, Subaru®, SylvanSport, and Zeal Optics.

We’re psyched to be part of this great program and hope to see a lot of you out there on the road. For details and event listings, check out event listings on the Backpacker Get Out More site.

Explorer and Adventurer, Dale Stewart, visits SylvanSport!

Over the summer, SylvanSport had the opportunity to partner with world explorer and adventurer, Dale Stewart. Dale has traveled all over the world and has spent time in remote areas learning about the cultures and history of the area’s indigenous peoples. This past summer, Dale decided to keep his travels a little closer to home, but maintained the his theme of exploration and learning throughout his trip. We were proud to have our GO pop up camper accompany him along the way.

Dale Stewart

While many folks are familiar with “The Trail of Tears“, the removal of Native Americans from the east to the reservations of the mid-west along 4 different footpaths, there was also a lesser known water route that followed the rivers, which was the premise of Dale’s expedition. Although the various sections of the water route have been traveled, Dale’s journey is the first known expedition with the purpose of exploring and learning about how the Native Americans traveled along the rivers and what they had encountered.

Trail of Tears Water Route

Last week, all of us at SylvanSport were treated to a talk and Q&A session with Dale about his trip and how his GO pop up camper helped him out. Also joining us was Brevard College professor, Michael Oliphant, who is connected to their Voice of the Rivers program.

Dale Stewart @ SylvanSport

Dale gets into his paddling stories.

Tom Dempsey and Dale Stewart

Michael Oliphant and Dale Stewart sharing thoughts.

It was a real treat to get to hear about Dale and his expedition along the Trail of Tears Water Route. Since then, he is already working on a book, television documentary, giving talks all over the country, and his kayak is headed for DC to be put on exhibit. It’s amazing how much we still have to learn about where we live and it’s exciting to be able to be part of expeditions like Dale’s, where it’s not just physical exploration, but historical as well.

You can check out more about Dale and his trip at www.expeditionunbound.com.

GO road trips to Moab, UT for the Land Rover Rally.

Last week (Oct. 2-6), Land Rovers (and their drivers) from all over the country gathered in beautiful Moab, UT for the annual Land Rover National Rally. Always excited to jump in on an adventure, we hooked up South Carolina photographer, John Powell, with a GO trailer and set him loose in the wild, wild west.

Land Rover National Rally (photo: Nathan Hindman)

I know there is some debate about the use of motorized vehicles in natural areas, but Land Rover seems to be committed to traveling off-road responsibly and with minimal impact. They’ve worked with Tread Lightly for over 20 years trying to educate folks on low impact recreation of all types, as well as commitments to lowering CO2 emissions and dozens of other initiatives. So, this isn’t a new green bandwagon they’re jumping on…they’ve known for decades that if people don’t use the outdoors responsibly, there will be nothing left for any of us or all the other critters, plants, etc. But I digress.

Truthfully, there is something about Land Rovers that bring out the kid in me. I don’t own one nor do I do any kind of off-roading. When I see one though, it conjures up memories of being a kid and playing with toy cars in the yard or setting up miniature obstacles in the living room to navigate through. I can’t help it. I think part of it is that they are truly designed to travel off-road. They aren’t jacked up and modified pick up trucks or over-blown SUVs. They aren’t made to crush cars or tractor pull. They’re made to travel the safaris of Africa, the jungles of Asia, the volcanoes of South America, or in the case of last week, the rocky slabs of Moab. They do what you made them do when you were a kid. So out of their entire line-up of trucks, if I had to pick just one to play with, which one would it be??? Hands down, it would be the Land Rover Defender 110. I mean, come on…it has a snorkel. What’s not to like?

Land Rover 110 (photo: www.vehiclepdf.com)

All that said, John Powell had the chance to travel out to Moab, GO in tow, and experience a little Land Rover fanaticism for himself. Here are some pretty incredible pics of his journey:

Foggy camping in Kansas. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

Camping at Alta Lakes in Telluride, CO. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

Traveling the Lost Dollar Rd in Telluride, CO. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

Camping along the Lost Dollar Rd looking at the peaks above Telluride, CO. (photo: John Powell / Blue Collar Studio)

So, get out and GO! Remember to play responsibly, tread lightly, be nice to others, don’t litter, make sure your dog has plenty of water, and most importantly…have fun!