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.
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.