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Outdoor Adventure X Festival

During the pandemic, air travel came to a grinding halt and more people than ever turned to overlanding and camping as an escape. Despite restrictions gradually being lifted, this trend shows no signs of slowing down and has spawned some exciting new events. One such example is the Outdoor Adventure X festival, which will debut at Snowbasin in Huntsville, Utah, on June 17-18, 2023.

The festival is “a celebration of the outdoors, adventure travel, and the active lifestyle. Shop for gear and test the latest mountain bikes, kayaks, climbing equipment, and more. Then join us for classes, workshops and roundtable discussions hosted by wilderness experts, around-the-world travelers, athletes, and other top adventure pros.” In addition, you’ll find camping and glamping, a charity raffle, food and craft beer, live music, and film showings. The event will also give attendees the opportunity to learn new skills thanks to a partnership with the Weber State Outdoor Program. The initiative will offer a number of classes from local pros and guides, including mountain biking, rock climbing, yoga, paddleboarding, wilderness first aid scenarios, Leave No Trace etiquette, and hiking. Outdoor Adventure X is a family-friendly event and even hosts a Kids Adventure Area that educates children about nature, first aid, knot-tying, journaling, and more.

As someone who spends a lot of time in the backcountry, I’ve found events like this very useful for learning new skills, networking, and exploring the latest camping products, trends, and services. Crucially, it’s an opportunity to spend a weekend in a beautiful location with like-minded people having fun, eating good food, and talking about all things adventure. The weekend pass for adults is $56 (youth tickets are $20), and I’d say that’s damn good value for such a fun-packed weekend (cheaper day passes are also available). It’s also worth noting that there is still booth space, sponsorship, and marketing opportunities up for grabs should you want to exhibit.


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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.