From highlighting your all-weather outdoor addictions on social media to teaming up with some inspired minds for events and partnerships, these are the top 10 moments of 2015.
10. 20,000 strong
There were over 20,000 photos shared to #MECNation on Instagram! From best buds chilling out in the wild (canines or humankind) to campouts, hangouts and just getting out, that’s 20,000 adventures, 20,000 new friends and 20,000 sources of inspiration for your 2016 goals.
9. Chasing sunset
We teamed up with the early birds behind Chasing Sunrise to get amped at sunset. The hike up to the Sea to Sky Gondola summit had all the makings of a typical Vancouver day – pouring rain and no view – but damned if we didn’t have the best time ever with 130 of our new BFFs.
8. Won’t back down
Speaking of rain, our urban camp out at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto was soaking wet, but you wouldn’t know it from the singing, dancing, and partying. It may be Drake’s hometown, but cue Tom Petty: the 6ix won’t back down.
7. Moonlit magic
There’s nothing like partying on the boardwalk in downtown Montreal. Man, can that city have a good time. There was a definite dreamlike quality to sleeping under apple blossoms and a cool factor to stand up paddle boarding downtown, but dancing to music under the moonlight takes the cake.
6. Outdoor heroines
We have to celebrate some badass chicks who get outside. Rad Girls Collective and Girls Gone Wilderness were some of the first groups we funded, and they keep working to get women outside on their own terms.
5. Surf and turf
Who needs ocean? We woke up our surf side by cleaning up Toronto’s beaches and getting out on the Great Lakes. Our new pals Surf the Greats make Hogtown cooler than Lake Ontario on a January day (which, incidentally, they’ve surfed in. Brrrrrrr!)
Building the best crew ever (that’s you!) With a digital community of over 16,000 (on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and 700 peeps at our events, we have an amazing foundation to do great things with a nationwide pack. Did we mention we’re just getting started?
3. Cash money
2. Bus(t) a move
We hear it all the time – lacking in wheels is a barrier to getting out there. This year, thanks to our friends at Parkbus, an overnight camping trip was a cinch for a band of Torontonians.
1. Forget resolutions
Planning to make 2016 your most outdoorsy year yet? Forget resolutions – science shows most of them falter by mid-February anyways (only about 64% of people are still hanging on after only a month into the New Year). Your only goal for this year should be to get outside and let us help. We have some big plans for the future, and free gear, clinics, and events are just the beginning.