I started camping with my parents before I can remember. The first time I slept in a tent I was six weeks old, so I guess you could say my passion for the outdoors started early. I attended a YMCA camp from age 8 until 14 when I was selected for their leadership training program. After three summers of training, I spent the next two summers leading backpacking, rock climbing and whitewater canoeing trips for the same YMCA camp. By this time, I was enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying geology and geophysics. While there, and to support my outdoor gear addiction, I began working part-time at a small outdoor specialty retail shop. While there, I was trained as a ski tech, in addition to all the other gear I couldn’t stop geeking out about. After graduating, I attended a semester course in Patagonia, Chile with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and moved to Ashland, Oregon, six months later to work at a specialty outdoor retailer as a buyer and sales associate. During my 14 years there I ultimately wore every hat (Sales Associate, Ski Tech, Shipping/Receiving, Hardgoods Buyer and Store Manager). When my attempted purchase of that business fell through, I started Mountain Provisions. My outdoor passions and pursuits include hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, fly-fishing, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing and backcountry skiing. My indoor passions and pursuits include: cooking, good beer, great tequila and awesome live music.
I fell in love with the outdoors when I was very young. My dad gave me the gift of skiing when I was three years old. Ever since then, Winter has been my happy place. I’m also a ski instructor up at Mt. Ashland. I really enjoy passing on the knowledge that I have of skiing to anyone that is willing to learn. Although skiing is my primary focus in life, I have a many passions. Those include: Mountain biking, slacklining, climbing, and guitar. I enjoy escaping town and being alone with the plants and the animals. Whether it’s on my skis, my bike, or on my feet. I’ve been working at Mountain Provisions since the summer of 2017. I enjoy talking with customers about all the cool products that go hand in hand with the activities that I love.
She's a go everywhere, do everything adventure dog! She's been with me 24/7 since she was 10 weeks old. Her favorite activities include backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, as well as finding and hoarding tennis balls. She once found a tennis ball miles from any trailhead hiking up to a waterfall in the Trinity Alps. She enjoys long naps but is always ready to go on the next adventure. Winter is her favorite season by far and she's gotten more ski days every year than I have!
My love for the outdoors started early. I was a Boy Scout a few years, where I got my first backpacking experience. We would hike a couple peaks a month around the central California coast, where I grew up, in preparation for a one-week trip to Yosemite. When I started running track and cross country in high school, I knew I had found one of my passions. After high school, my goals grew from 5k distances to half-marathons and then to ultra-marathons. My next goal is to run a 50-miler sometime in 2019. Being active and outdoors has been one of the best forms of medicine I have found, so when I can’t run, I hike. I’m also prepping for bike touring. A few months ago, I moved to this area from Chico to attend Rogue Community College, and I’ve already fallen in love with the region. I’ve been working in outdoor gear shops for the last six years and will be happy to help answer whatever questions you may have.