Did you hear?... Gert Boyle spotted signing posters at Galyan's in SLC

Our spies in Salt Lake noticed none other than Gert Boyle, the spirited matriarch and chairwoman of the board of Columbia Sportswear Company signing posters at Galyan's in Salt Lake City around 5 PM on Feb. 9.

Our spies in Salt Lake noticed none other than Gert Boyle, the spirited matriarch and chairwoman of the board of Columbia Sportswear Company signing posters at Galyan's in Salt Lake City around 5 PM on Feb. 9. The unflappable and wildly popular "Mother Boyle" was holding court as part of an Olympic promotion and to show her support for the Winter Games. Columbia's support is very evident to anyone watching or visiting the Winter Games. Columbia has outfitted the on-air talent, production crews and VIP corporate guests for NBC Sports, 500 Red Cross volunteers; and the staff and volunteers of the interactive exhibition, Discover Navajo: People of the Fourth World and its companion venue, the inter-tribal Festival of Nations. Moreover, many international teams are also sporting team outfits from Columbia.


Did you hear?... Gert Boyle shovels sand for charity

Gert Boyle (pictured) shoveled sand for charity on July 12 as part of the 7th annual Yoshida's Sand in the City event held at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore. This year's event raised approximately $100,000 for the Kids on the Block Awareness Program where volunteers ...read more


Did you hear?...Do NOT mess with Gert Boyle

On Nov. 17, an AP story updated a story first published on Nov. 11, detailing how Gert Boyle, chair of Columbia Sportswear, foiled a robbery attempt at her Portland, Ore., home. Turns out, 86-year-old Boyle not only thwarted a robbery, she fended off three men who were intent on ...read more

Did you hear?... The Olympics brings price increases to SLC

Salt Lake City is gouging its way into the history books -- literally. Being somewhat familiar with SLC prices since many of us attend Outdoor Retailer's twice yearly trade shows there, feast your eyes on the following facts: With the arrival of the Olympics, a pint of beer ...read more

Gert Boyle in black and white | white haired woman with black-rimmed glasses and Columbia jacket stares off into the distance with background of storm clouds

Rest in Peace, Ma Boyle

The outdoor industry has lost One Tough Mother. Gert Boyle, Chairman of the Board (she hated the term “chairwoman”) and former CEO of Columbia Sportswear, died on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the age of 95.  Gert never retired; she loved going to her office at the brand’s ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of April 5-11 >> For the first time, sock-maker Fox River has introduced a hiking sock made with organic merino wool. The new Organic Merino Light Hiking style is a medium-weight, super-soft sock using organic wool from sheep raised according to federal organic ...read more

Did you hear?... German reporter unveils idiocies about SLC

In a recent feature column in Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SDZ), a reporter unveiled a few idiocies about Salt Lake City: First, he points out that the Mormons don't smoke, don't drink, don't consume caffeine, and visitors have to pay to join "clubs" to get decent alcohol ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> GERMANY -- Gert "Ma" Boyle, chairwoman and advertising icon of Columbia Sportswear, was awarded the first ispo Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 2. Boyle and her son and company president Tim Boyle flew directly from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market to the Munich-based ispo ...read more

Did you hear?... AHS honors Galyan's with this year’s AHS Award

American Hiking Society (AHS), has honored Galyan's with this year’s AHS Award. AHS President Mary Margaret Sloan presented the award to John McCally, Galyan's Vice President of Community Commitment, at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. Each year, American Hiking Society presents ...read more

Did you hear?... Columbia's Tim Boyle donates $5 million to alma mater

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, have given a $5 million gift to the University of Oregon to help the university turn its New Venture Championship (NVC) student business plan competition into the world's first with an Asian focus and to help launch Oregon's ...read more