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A Consumer Trade Show Focusing on Outdoor Adventure Equipment and Unique Destination Travel
  • Hiking
  • Climbing / Mountaineering
  • Backpacking / Camping
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Fishing
  • Watersports: Kayak / Canoe / Rafting
  • Outdoor Health, Nutrition & Fitness
  • GPS / Nav / Electronics / Time / Optics
  • Tools / Books / Maps / Gadgets / Geocaching
  • Clothing & Footwear: Hike / Run / Climb
  • Scuba
  • Adventure Travel: Destinations & Resorts
  • Watercraft/Recreational Boats


Featured Keynote Speaker
Helen Thayer
New Zealand born Helen Thayer’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. Her list of historical expeditions and accomplishments includes:

  • First woman to travel alone to any of the world’s Poles when she trekked to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled or snowmobile at age fifty.
  • First woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River.
  • In another world’s first, Helen walked 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three.
  • First non-Indian woman to kayak 2,200 miles of the Amazon River.
  • In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year.
  • Helen won the American national luge championship and represented three countries in international track and field.
  • She has climbed some the world’s highest mountains.
  • The Explorer’s Club awarded Helen the Vancouver Award for Excellence in Exploration.

  • Helen will be signing her books for the two days of GEAR!
    GEAR 2014 – “Get Outdoors”
    GEAR up! For the second annual outside adventure tradeshow, April 26-27, 2014, at the Comcast Arena in Everett, just 30 minutes north of Seattle. Nearly 200 booths will showcase outdoor oriented companies and the newest gear, apparel, footwear, equipment, and accessories for the 2014 season.This is a must show for any outdoor retailer or manufacturer as thousands of enthusiasts will be exposed to your products.

    The two-day show will feature more than 60,000 sq. ft. of show floor including a theater, climbing wall, and many other hands-on activities.


    “Gear Up 2013 was wonderful exposure for Rich Nature and gave us an opportunity to connect with a different type of industry that we don’t normally get a chance to connect with. We look
    forward to an even more successful 2014!”
    — Aimee Zhang, Rich Nature
    Nearly 200 booths will showcase outdoor companies and the newest gear, apparel, footwear, equipment, and accessories for the 2014 summer & fall seasons.
    “We had a great time and you put together a fantastic event! It was one of the most well run events we have ever
    participated in and are very excited for your future.
    Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of the Gear Expo.”
    — Amanda Sievers, Halfpops

    Planned show activities include:

    • 30′ Climbing Wall – NEW sandstone texture – FREE all day! Sponsored by the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
    • ‘Adventure Theater’ with special keynotes presenting including Helen Thayer
    • Beer & wine garden now moved onto the show floor
    • The very popular Passport Booth Crawl with many daily great prizes
    • 70 new booths added totaling 200
    • Recreational Boating Area Featured
    • A new ‘American Hiking Society Trails Pavilion’ – 20 booths around local hiking, trails, camping, and mountaineering
    • A children’s activity area sponsored by the Everett Children’s Museum
    • Cycling, paddle training and speaker’s recreation seminar area
    • Many new adventure travel destinations featured!
    • A Geocaching special activity at GEAR