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May 2022

An Interview with VPO New Denver Owner Kelley Wright

A little town nestled in the Slocan Valley houses the very first Valhalla Pure Outfitters store. Surrounded by mountains and lakes - the community boasts endless adventures. Read on to learn more about Kelley, the owner of VPO New Denver.

I have lived in New Denver full time for close to 20 years now. I love the quick access and accessibility to the mountains, rivers, lakes, and the great outdoors in general. New Denver is an exceptional area for tons of activities including camping which enables me to continue to be close to Mother Nature. Being a small, friendly community surrounded by nature, New Denver feels like it has been frozen in time - it's a blast from the past. It's one of those places on Earth that is heavenly and where locals and tourists come to get away from it all. Although New Denver idles at a slower pace, I have found it to be a wonderful playground to be able to play in.

My passion for paddle sports started about 10 years ago now. Sup'ing for me is mindful, purposeful meditating and activity in one. You get into the zone of such a peacefulness and physical drive of momentum where you receive an incredible overall workout which is totally rejuvenating and regenerating to the mind, body and soul. Once you start, it becomes one of your super powers - it gives you the ability to reach deeper into oneself. I feel an exuberance of life; an overall buzz that has an addictive quality to it. The sky is the limit!

Favourite Outdoor Activities:
Hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, skiing, backcountry skiing, camping, trekking, backpacking

Coffee or Tea:

Favourite Piece of Gear?
My stand-up paddleboard

What is on your playlist right now?
Annie Lennox

Best Childhood Memory?
Being around a camp fire and in sing-song

Favourite Adventure to Date?
Floating down the Slocan River on my SUP Board with my favourite peeps

What is on your list of adventures this season?
Haven't gotten that far yet...

If you could travel to any country, where would you go?
Anywhere! I love to travel the world!

“I am living a quiet mountain life - just living the dream!"
Kelley Wright