The #OmniTen effect…

Columbia OmniTEN

I’ve followed the Columbia #Omniten from the beginning.

I remember reading blog posts from original #Omniten about their trip together, how it changed them…brought them all closer together.  It was the kind of trip that inspired life long friendships.  The unique experience of that trip changed the careers, lives and relationships of those who were there.

I wondered if our group would develop that bond.  I wondered if I would be changed by the experience.  I wondered if the first #Omniten was unique.

I’m not the type of person who makes friends easily.  As an introvert, I will tell jokes and make superficial conversation to avoid making true connections with people.  Usually.  The outdoor community is different, the people are different.  Meeting people from the outdoor community face to face for the first time is a lot like visiting old friends you haven’t seen in a while.  Easy, comfortable, comforting, exciting, fun and mixed with a lot of laughter.  Meeting my #Omniten family for the first time was like this.

I will write more in the next couple of weeks about the trip and share some photos.  This was “the adventure of a lifetime”, as Eric put it.  For me personally it was a homecoming, it was emotional.  I’ve always dreamed of being able to take a group of good friends on a whitewater trip and show them why I love the river so much.  Even if I wasn’t the one guiding the trip, this really felt like the trip I’ve dreamed of.  I give credit to Columbia for putting together a stellar group of people and not just the #Omniten.  The people from Columbia that joined our adventure were all truly great people and added tremendously to the enjoyment of the trip.

Columbia OmniTEN

I haven’t floated the swirling currents of the river in over 5 years.  It felt good to drift along in the fickle current, to ride the eddie lines, to slide down the broad green tongue at the top of a rapid and bounce along the frothing, white-capped wave train.  I’d almost forgotten how much I love the sounds of the river – the trickling of waterfalls, the roaring of whitewater, the creak of the oarlocks and soft dip of the oar blades into the quiet, flat water.

I miss the river already, but I just might miss my new friends a little bit more.  I now know first-hand how the other group felt when they had to say goodbye at the end of their trip.  It’s bitter-sweet and filled with adventurous opportunity.

I hope to see you all again soon!

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Dave Creech is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. He shares his personal story and lifelong passion for travel and rugged outdoor adventure through his blog at David’s focus has been on trip stories, gear reviews, Wilderness Medicine and a series of articles aimed at introducing Yoga to hikers and backpackers as a path to staying fit, healthy and injury free.



  1. Well said Dave. It is hard to take the experience of the #omniten trip and put into words. Few of the #omniten crew had actually met before the trip and you are 100% correct that it felt like going home to visit old friends. Looking forward to the rest of your write ups.

    • Thanks Adam,

      It is hard to focus on where the stories are. I think most people will write an overview or a chronological story so I think I want to do something else. Just have to figure out what that is.

  2. Right on man – I do miss the group. What I miss most though was the almost constant laughter – It seemed like if we were not eating or drinking we were laughing – 3 things that I love to do! Well said!

  3. Yup, sounds to me like you got a full dosage of the #omniten effect. 🙂 Glad to hear your crew had such a great experience, can’t wait to hear more about the trip!

  4. What an awesome experience, Dave. I’m glad to hear that there was an instant bond among the group.

    Looking forward to reading more about it from all the #omniten team.

  5. Dave, so glad that you got this opportunity. Looking forward to hearing more about these adventures and the gear you’re testing. I’ve had pretty good luck with the brand myself. Anyway, keep us posted!


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