Announcing our Fall 2020 Charitable Grant Fund Awardees

In a typical non-pandemic year, OGE hosts two cycles of our Charitable Grant Fund, the mission of which is to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in Vermont communities by partnering with organizations that focus on land conservation, land access, trail development, and outdoor educational programming. We believe access to and conservation of our natural landscapes is critical to the health of Vermont’s communities, many of which remain underserved and underfunded by Read more >>

We Got You Fam: Our Favorite Family-Friendly Campsites

Looking for a weekend getaway in the solitude of the Vermont wilderness? Not interested in hiking late into the night after a long day at work to find the perfect spot? We’ve got you. Here are four of the best local campsites to help you enjoy some time with the ones who matter most.

Little River State Park

The vast Little River State Park Campground is one of central Vermont’s … Read more >>

Have You Hiked It?

From breaking in your first pair of hiking boots to preparing for another epic adventure, here are some nearby faves that will have you breathing in the fresh air in no time!

Easy: Mount Philo:

​Short, sweet, and flat, the trail that runs up Mount Philo is perfect for anyone just getting their hiking career started, or someone more experienced looking for a refreshing Saturday morning trail run. Conditions are … Read more >>

OGE Has Won An Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Award!

We’re excited and humbled to announce that OGE has been named a winner of the 2020 Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards!

Awarded to “individuals, organizations, and companies who inspire and encourage others to enjoy, participate in and support outdoor recreation” the recipients of 10th annual Inspiration Awards were determined by a panel of 13 judges and presented during an online ceremony on July 22nd.

We truly appreciate the outdoor industry’s acknowledgement … Read more >>

An Introduction to Hammock Camping

As you rock gently in the cool breeze while watching a glowing sunset, you will soon understand the appeal of hammock camping. People have swapped their tents for hammocks to rest more comfortably while camping and to feel closer to nature.

In warm, humid conditions, the interior of a tent can feel stuffy, while a hammock allows cool, comforting air to flow around you. Plus, a hammock cradles you in … Read more >>

Supporting Diversity in the Outdoors

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These last few weeks have been a time of learning and reflection for us. We have been listening to the voices of the BIPOC communities. Learning where we can do better. Be better. We’d like to highlight some of the groups that help empower people of color in outdoor recreation that empower people of color in outdoor recreation. We’ve put together a list of a few of Read more >>

OGE Stands With Black Lives Matter

This statement was originally published on OGE’s social channels June 2nd, 2020.

Black Lives Matter.

OGE unequivocally condemns the actions of the Minneapolis Police Officers involved in George Floyd’s tragic and unnecessary death. Sadly, this is the latest in a long series of incidents throughout the country, including our own Vermont, that speak of a systemic problem of racism in the US. This is a problem that will not go … Read more >>

Where Would We Be Without Nonprofits?

Vermont summer is in full swing, and each weekend we are left with memories of playing outside with our friends, enjoying the sunshine and all the hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling areas Vermont has to offer. This isn’t unusual for this time of year, but we are extra grateful for our outdoor recreation opportunities for 2020. 

With the rise of COVID-19 during the spring, we saw all our favorite trail Read more >>

The Results Are In!

Sometimes (read: all the time) within the doors of the Outdoor Gear Exchange, we staff chat with each other about our most recent outdoor adventures and all our favorite places to recreate in Vermont. And as these conversations continued, we began to wonder – what are all of YOUR favorites? So we sent out a survey back in February (before the COVID-19 situation escalated) to learn what all of you Read more >>

COVID-19 Update: OGE is temporarily closing

Due to Vermont’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, OGE has been given no choice but to shut down our operations for at least three weeks—this includes all retail, online, and service operations. We are committed to supporting Vermont and the nation in our effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we will reopen only when it is allowable and safe for our staff.

It saddens us to not …

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