Cotopaxi – A “Do Good” Outdoor Adventure Company

When building relationships and affiliations, it has become important to me to locate companies and associates that have a “Do Good” attitude. Those that have taken an active role in making the world a better place in their own way. With so much negativity throughout the world, it is refreshing when I find something positive.

I had made one such connection in early 2016 that I was extremely excited about. Over the past year, that excitement has grown into a passion, and I like to consider myself an unofficial ambassador of this amazing company. Cotopaxi is an outdoor company that funds sustainable poverty alleviation, moves people to do good, and inspires adventure through innovative outdoor products and experiences. With a catalog of incredible outdoor adventure products, as well as a commitment to sustainable product design and charitable giving, Cotopaxi fits the description completely of the type of company I wish to affiliate with.

Cotopaxi only selects high-impact organizations to work with. Those organizations that collaborate with local communities to build sustainable solutions. They target key needs by partnering with non profit organizations that they have researched, and have demonstrated measurable success. Beyond the work they are doing, Cotopaxi remains transparent in their actions by providing details on their impact to the Cotopaxi community and customers. All of this has put Cotopaxi in a position to recently become a B Corp Certified company.

With a wide range of outdoor products including clothing, backpacks, gear, and accessories, matched with their “Do Good” attitude, Cotopaxi products are the perfect match for anyone looking to buy outdoor gear, and help make a positive change throughout the world.

I am pleased to continue building a relationship with this amazing company, and with the recent launch of The Super Trips, my family and I are excited to continue working with Cotopaxi on our new family adventures journey. One way in which we are working together is by offering our visitors a special 15% off full priced items by using the special code CHADARMEL15 at checkout.

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Base Camp – Greensboro

It’s Friday night, and the clock is rolling near 11:00 PM as I flip through the latest issue of Backpacker Magazine. After a long and mentally exhausting work week, I had full plans to come home and relax the entire weekend, but from the moment I walked through the apartment door, even as tired as I am, the desire to stay home all weekend is diminishing by the minute. This lifestyle that our family has built is addicting, and keeps us searching for the next great Super Trip. From the first trip that May and I took together in Pennsylvania, through countless miles of shorelines and mountain trails, through our recent move south to North Carolina with our son Kaleb, The Super Trips are definitely an important part of our family culture.

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The move last year to Greensboro North Carolina was a calculated move that plays an important part in providing amazing weekend adventures. Greensboro is located in the North Central part of the state. It is a short few hour trip to the coast, as well as a short trip to the Blue Ridge, Appalachian, and Smokey Mountains, which makes it the perfect base camp for adventure, and the perfect base camp for our families Super Trips.

With a perfect view of the central swimming pool just off of our back balcony, a few beach chairs, a palm tree, and a Victoria Skimboard placed on a cooler for a makeshift table, it gives our apartment a permanent vacation feel. Apartment living also gives us the freedom to hit the open roads more often. A freedom we almost lost when we purchased a house in Pennsylvania. After 6 years of home ownership, it was time to pull back , regroup, and continue doing what our family does best, weekend road trips.

As our new base camp, Greensboro has provided many amazing cultural events to compliment our outdoor adventures. If we don’t feel like traveling far, we can explore the outdoors practically in our back yard with hiking, kayaking, SUP, biking, etc. all within a few miles drive, or a short bicycle ride away.

Base Camp – Greensboro has quickly become home to our family, and the starting point for The Super Trips. We are truly stoked to be able to share our adventures with you, and bring you our tips on building your own family adventures.

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The Beginning

It was our first overnight trip together, and little did we know the amazing direction this one simple two day trip would point our relationship in. As we traveled out of Pittsburgh, toward what we later affectionately named the North Coast, we had the windows down, cruising the highway with anticipation. While the radio played the first of many songs that would, over time, create the soundtrack of our life together, we enjoyed each others company for our first road trip.

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As we entered Presque Isle in Erie PA, we had no idea the love that would grow so deep in our hearts for this body of water, and the beaches that line this Great Lake. Our first steps onto beach 6, dipping our toes in the sand and water on this day, was significant, but at this time, we really had no idea exactly how significant this particular beach would be in our relationship, as well as our future together. As one might guess this was the beginning of an amazing romantic journey that spans 14 years, as well as many coastal miles, with a sound track of love, life, and summertime fun that has transformed itself into a lifestyle.

Walking hand in hand along the shoreline, breathing in the fresh air, we took in the beauty of our surroundings, and knew this was the life we wanted to build together. We also knew in that very moment, this was definitely only the first of a lifetime of memories that would be made along coastal waters. Today we are becoming known for our amazing family adventures, but on that day, in the beginning, while we watched the sun set into the horizon of Lake Erie, it was only a dream that we began to envision.

That vision of road trips and outdoor adventures has taken us to many amazing coastal destinations, as well as the most breathtaking mountaintops. Our love for the weekend adventures has given us a lifetime of memories, and the passion keeps us searching for more journeys. As the sun dipped into the horizon that first evening, we had no doubt that we would watch the sun rise and fall many times in locations like this small local paradise that we discovered together. This was the beginning of The Super Trips !!!

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