Hey, hey Tribe! We've got some exciting news to share! This weekend, Tribe Leader Megan will be joining the Soul Poles Mobile Soul Shop Tour in Beaver Creek, Colorado at the Men's World Cup event, where Tribe Shaman and 2x National Ski Champion, 2x World Cup Ski Champion, 2x Olympian Steve Nyman will be competing. We are stoked to be a part of Soul Poles' 45 city tour from Colorado to Alaska this winter. You may have seen or heard of Soul Poles via our Instagram or Facebook feeds; here is a quick rundown of who they are and what we're collectively up to this winter on their Mobile Soul Shop Tour...
Founded by World Cup Downhiller, Bryon Friedman, Soul Poles is motivated by a deep connection with the mountains and the observed need to set a new standard for truly sustainable business in the ski industry. Soul Poles are made in the US and sourced responsibly. From a sourcing standpoint, they are a lot like us, in that they source their materials (bamboo) direct trade from a family in the southern province of China. Also, much like us, they have an extreme passion for adventure, travel and exploration. Direct trade promotes the aspiration of the farmer not just the protection of co-op grown crops. In order to eliminate supply chain imbalances and offer the highest quality bamboo ski poles in the world, Soul Poles buys direct, much like we work directly with our partnering artisans to source textile for our little slices of culture.
This Beaver Creek, CO event is one stop on a 12 state, now 45 stop, 6 month tour. The Mobile Soul Shop will be set up at the base of the race venue this Fri-Sun and at the Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek village from 4-9pm on Friday, where you can come and check out our bags, win raffle prizes (including some Ethnotek swag), build custom sized and engraved bamboo ski poles, adorned with your choice of colored grips and baskets. The Soul Poles team can either work you through a Build Your Own (BYO) or shape and assemble your custom poles there on the spot. Our packs, coupled with these customized poles, make the perfect gift for you, family or friends this holiday season.
This photo of Founder Bryon with his Ghana 12 Raja Pack was from a bamboo sourcing trip to China last summer. It was the only piece of luggage he took on his journey. He approved.
For more details and for information about how to get involved as a Soulbassador at a tour stop near you, check out their Mobile Tour page. Hope to see you this weekend at the festivities!
Keeping culture alive,