Preferred Vendors

Preferred Vendors

We like to practice what we teach, and when it comes to service and community, that means partnering with brands we believe in. Whether that’s products we test in the field, gear we don’t leave home without, or like-minded organizations who share a similar mission, we’re lucky to work with some of the best in the biz. Read on and get to know them better.


When you boil outdoor adventure down to its purest essence, you end up with the simple act of camping. Days spent battling the elements or basking in the sun require rest at their end. Whether you backpack, bikepack, climb peaks, or run rivers, we believe that action packed days followed by nights spent sleeping on the ground, gazing at stars and listening to crickets are one of life’s finest pleasures. We’ve traveled the globe and searched nearly every continent for fabrics and materials in an effort to make the gear that we think you’ll want to use because it’s what we use and what we’ve put through real life, backcountry testing. After over two years of planning, development, and testing with Colorado Outward Bound School staff, Big Agnes has delivered the custom designed Benchmark sleeping  bag to meet the requirements for durability, weight, and warmth that is as agile and adventurous as the happy campers it will be keeping warm.


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Here at Black Diamond it’s all about climbing and skiing. We share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice and snow and these experiences push us to make the best gear possible for our worldwide family of climbers and skiers.

What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has grown into a global 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 standards in numerous areas. This is partly the result of dedication, desire and diligence on the part of an incredible team of people. It’s also the result of each of us being climbers and skiers ourselves. We are a proud partner of The Colorado Outward Bound School, and are confident you will recognize the same quality in our gear that COBS has come to know and trust for their program use!


sterling rope

Sterling Rope is the leading manufacturer of life safety rope, cord, and hardware. Made right here in the USA, Sterling has worked very hard to develop the best product for use in climbing, rope rescue, arbor, guiding, industrial safety, work access and OEM markets. We strive to be the front runner in innovation within the field and work closely with companies, both large and small, to develop superior products for their needs. Colorado Outward Bound School uses Sterling Ropes on their mountaineering courses and this spring, a team of their instructors used Sterling on their Challenge and Adventure Expedition.


Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other. And Colorado Outward Bound School just helped us launch a custom program pack for the field!