5 Colorado Companies "We Back" at The Nature Place
As we embark on the peak summer season at The Nature Place, Colorado Conference Center and Sanborn Western Camps, we’d like to highlight some of the most trusted outdoor industry and Colorado based brands we rely on all year long for our guests’ experiences, staffers’ daily wear, and campers’ Colorado adventures.
From shelter to packs to sleeping bags to apparel, there is no doubt Big Agnes has you covered from head to toe for a trip outside. We rely on Big Agnes primarily for their sleeping line of products: ground covers, sleeping pads and sleeping bags. The company is based in Steamboat Springs and is celebrating their 20th season “in the dirt.” We hope that this local outfitter will keep us sheltered, warm, and cozy for the days and nights enjoyed on the ground for years to come.
Our facilitators, guides, and camp staff are constantly on their feet. Whether they are on a sunrise hike, belaying from a rock face, or refereeing (or playing) a game of “Gaga Ball.” La Sportiva has not fallen short for the wears we put them through. Staff regularly make treks to the Boulder, Colorado headquarters for the latest product shipments to prepare for a season of alpine use and abuse. The Italian shoemaker also touts an incredible stock sole that enables most people to slide into any of their shoe models. When it comes to climbing specifically, athlete Drew Hulsey offers a detailed breakdown of the La Sportiva rock slipper line up.
A requisite purchase for new staff or impulse buy on the way back from a Mount Massive all day hike, campers and staff alike don the coveted grid patterned baselayer all summer long. This outdoor brand’s avant-garde business model has made a name for itself by solely selling out of its one and only “Main Street” Leadville, Colorado shop and onsite manufacturing warehouse. Arguably the unofficial sweatshirt of Coloradans, Melanzana has served Rocky Mountain locals with warm stylish layering systems since 1994. Book an appointment online to get in the purchasing queue, don’t be late!
The legacy brand sported on our backs is Osprey Packs. Ergonomically engineered packs, materials, and frames provide the most comfortable gear hauling, fast moving, spacious stashes for all of our backcountry pursuits. We’d quite literally not make it outside, up, or down without the appropriate and best fitting backpacks of Osprey. Based in Cortez, Colorado, Osprey is no stranger to the outdoor industry, and is more often than not sitting beside us around the campfire with our friends like old company along for the journey. If you’re seeking the perfect fit for an outdoor or travel storage solution, look no more than an Osprey Pack with Osprey’s Pack Finder!
A summer camp and backcountry pastime activity that has gained popularity in recent years is the slackline. With origins around the world and stateside in California’s Yosemite Valley’s Camp Four, the slack line’s simple singular line provides a camp-side escape. From the distractions of a hard day outdoors, balancers hone untapped skills they did not know they had. A product that welcomes novices to advanced acrobats, Slackline Industries based in Boulder, Colorado provides good old fashioned fun for all ages and skill levels to get up on a line in a gym, outside, between two trees and beyond.