2016 Black Tie Auction Items

2016 Black Tie Auction Items

We are so grateful for all of the amazing companies and individuals who donate products, services, and experiences to our Black Tie silent auction! Because every item is donated, the auction is a win-win for bidders who take home sweet, sweet gear while supporting COBS students at the same time. Special thanks goes out to our Auction Sponsors, companies who are supporting COBS by filling an entire table with great outdoor gear! Make sure to cruise the silent auction at the gala, and check back here regularly as we update with the new stuff coming in.

Don’t have tickets yet?!

Visit our Black Tie page for more info and to purchase tickets to this year’s event, featuring keynote speaker Erik Weihenmayer!

Auction Sponsors


ba_color_cmyk “Life is too short to use bad camping gear.” One of the principles we teach at COBS is sensible self-denial. But giving up a few luxuries in life doesn’t mean you have to go on a suffer-fest. Big Agnes worked with COBS to design custom sleeping bags for our program that balance insulation, weight, and durability to provide our students with an ideal sleep system. This local Colorado company will also be at the event with a table full of gear for you to  bid on.


 bd_logo_lrg “Black Diamond is a company that’s not just for rock climbers, but one that stands for the spirit of the sports we live, their values and goals, past, present and future. Since 1957, our innovative gear designs have set the standard across the industry, and will never stop.” 10 out of 10 COBS Instructors agree and they think you should definitely stop by the Black Diamond table if you’re in the market for a high-end pack or trekking poles.


 160331-dynafit-logo-rgb  “DYNAFIT is a brand for dedicated mountain athletes (passionate ski mountaineers in winter and mountain runners in summer) who strive to equip themselves with the most innovative, highest-quality gear available. Lightness, Speed, Performance and Technology are the core values embodied by DYNAFIT, and every process and product is characterized by those hallmarks.” Pursue your passion this winter with high-tech skis from DYNAFIT!


 freeskier We know it’s only October, but check your winter closet before you come out to see us on the 27th. Freeskier Magazine has got your ski gear covered! A cornucopia of jackets, pants, gloves and accessories for men and women will be available for bidding. Look for the Freeskier table at the event and make sure to check back on your bids often, this gear is too good to miss.


 osprey_logo_bird-word_2c_cmyk We love working with local companies, because these kids know what our playground is like. Osprey did an amazing job designing our program packs, meeting every item on our long checklist of features and needs. Highly adjustable fit, super rugged, streamlined packs that are able to balance large loads over many miles help make those first few days of course so much better. For most of our students, backpacking for the first time is physically and psychologically challenging. Providing them with the most efficient way to carry that weight is crucial to setting them up for success. Set yourself up for success on your next outing by checking out the variety of packs up for bid at the Osprey table!


  Show some love for COBS and show some love for your feet! Scarpa ski boots were a highly coveted item last year, stop by their table often to secure these high-end technical boots for yourself in time for the winter season.

Other Great Items You Definitely Want

Frisco cabin lodging

Colorado State Parks Annual Pass

One Leadville 100 Marathon entry and one Silver Rush 50 MTB entry from Leadville Race Series

Pop-up camper rental from Colorado Camper Rental

Backcountry Babes intro to backcountry skiing course

$100 gift certificate from American Adventure Expeditions for a rafting trip

Two 2016/2017 lift tickets from Aspen Ski Co

1 week of camp with Avid 4 Adventure in Colorado

Dynafit jackets

Melanzana fleece hoodie

Gift basket of yummy snacks from Jerry’s Nut House

Backpacker’s Pantry 3 day meal kit

Ragnar Colorado Relay team entry