Shop Talk: Vertical Playground, Oppdal Norway

Ep. 169

Once upon a time, a couple of friends who were scheming to get some gear for their own adventures ended up creating a phenomenal outdoor shop. We talk to Trygve Sande and Rune Kvalsnes about the origins of Vertical Playground; their trip with Hoji where the idea of the 4FRNT Raven was born; the ski touring and mountain biking scene in central Norway; some of their favorite gear; and more.


  • Vertical Playground today (4:23)
  • Origins story (8:40)
  • Ski touring culture in central Norway (14:08)
  • Hoji, Sterbenz, & the birth of the 4FRNT Raven (19:07)
  • Touring bindings (35:35)
  • Mountain biking & summers in Oppdal (43:46)
  • The future of Vertical Playground? (49:08)
  • What We’re Celebrating (56:00)


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