It all started ten years ago; Roy was working one day when he received an email from Big Agnes.
Rob Peterson, Community and Marketing Manager for Big Agnes, reached out and wanted to become involved with High Fives. Rob saw many similarities in our visions and the core values that we held to high importance. Like High Fives, Big Agnes was a small but rapidly growing company with an emphasis on community and inclusion.
Initially, we were unsure of what the partnership would look like, but we knew that we wanted to build a relationship with Rob and Big Agnes. Big Agnes product looked great, and the energy and passion that Rob had was palpable. If he believed in a product and vision, so did we!
After the initial email introduction, we scheduled a meeting with Rob and the rest of the Big Agnes team at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Colorado. The plan for the meeting was to get to know each other better while also talking about what the future would look like and how we would create a successful partnership.
It was one of the best meetings that we ever had. It did not feel forced at all. It was one of those connections that was completely natural. We met for a meeting over dinner, but by the time we parted ways, it was late into the evening. We talked about skiing, the outdoors, and all of the things we had planned for the future. The connection was built then and there. While connecting with Rob, we knew that Big Agnes was going to be good to us.
When we received our first round of Big Agnes chairs, tents, and cots, we were amazed. The products looked better than we even expected, and we knew that they were going to be a great asset to have for all of our Athletes at camps
Over the years, Big Agnes products have been an absolute staple at all of our adaptive camps. Having the flat, quick-dry surface of the cots to change on makes it so much easier for wheelchair users to get into a wetsuit. The chairs have proven time and time again to be a comfortable place to dry and enjoy the sun. Often we will find ourselves at the beach hours after surfing, just sitting in Big Agnes chairs and reminiscing about the day.
At our core, we want to inspire you to get outside and find the same appreciation for the backcountry we have. We’re a small company with the mountains just minutes from our office. We test product in these mountains and make gear that you can trust when you’re out there.
Providing us with excellent infrastructure is only one of the great things that Big Agnes has done for us over the last ten year. They have also helped our fundraising efforts by supplying us with high-end products to give to donors and supporters.
Big Agnes also sponsors six events every year for High Fives. Three golf tournaments and three ski-a-thons. These events all raise funds that go right back into the Foundation so we can continue to focus on preventing life-changing injuries and providing resources and hope if they happen.
We are so happy that Rob Peterson saw something in us and reached out.
We want to extend the biggest high five, hug out, and thank you to Big Agnes for ten incredible years. You have truly made all of our camps more comfortable. We love sending our supporters the products that we genuinely believe in, and your support at our ski-a-thons and golf tournaments has been incredible.
Here’s to ten more!