Our Staff

Learn a little bit more about our staff with their answers to the six questions below.

ANDREW S.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
One that is loaded with gear for a few days out on the trail
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Grabbing my sea kayak or whitewater kayak and getting on the water.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Good to Go Thai Curry
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Downtown Dayton's whitewater features on the Great Miami River
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
At this point there really isn’t a one it is consistent that I forget something every trip which has become an adventure itself!

ANDY H.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
Mine is the Gregory Tarne 36 Pack, they don't make it anymore but its for sure my favorite. Hands down the best pack I've ever carried. 

What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Rock Climbing and Bass fishing
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Three bean chili from Good To-Go.
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
I like to hike a lot in Keehner Park in West Chester, but if given the option, the Red River Gorge is worth the drive for better hiking. I like to hike there on the Swift Camp Creek Trail and the Sheltowee Trace through Clifty Wilderness.
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
The planning and prep for trips is one of my favorite things. I am meticulous in my prep and take pride in it. I don't forget things.

BOBBY D.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My Osprey Kestrel. How can you not love a pack named after two birds?
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Kayaking. I like to paddle upstream the Great Miami River until I get so tired that I have to stop and float back to my car.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Definitely the Patagonia Salmon filet. I love that I can eat it as-is straight from the pouch or I can heat it up by throwing it in a pot of boiling water. I'm a huge fan of salmon and the fact that Patagonia makes efforts to responsibility source their fish earns points with me. 
Also, I'm a sucker for lemon-pepper.
Favorite Adventure novel?
Does Jack London count? I've read nearly his entire works. And a few of his stories multiple times. But to name an author who is maybe a little less known, I would say Bernd Hienrich's works. Not so much adventure writer but more environmental and biological. His observational skills are maxed out! He is the only writer who can make a thoroughly engaging read about a woodpecker drumming a tree, for an entire chapter, now that's skillful writing. I am referring to his most recent publication "One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives"
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Caesars Creek. It's got it all. Big body of water for paddling. Lots of long trails to hike. Scenic areas to bike around. And there are rocks, they are little and on the ground, but sometimes they have fossils in them!
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
For the Lake Erie Bass Island kayaking trip I paddled with my co-workers I forgot to bring any personal eating utensils. Wasn't until we were on the first island cooking dinner until I realized I left this behind. I ended up using my knife to whittle a spoon from a piece of drift wood... It was less than satisfactory.

BEN B.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My Deuter 65+10.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Setting up a hammock and a slack line make for a relaxing day off.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Can never go wrong with granola or oatmeal.

Favorite Adventure novel?
"Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival" by Joe Simpson.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
I am new to the Dayton area so my new favorite place to go is John Bryan State Park.
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
Coffee…

KC

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My favorite pack is my Frost River Summit Expedition Pack. This is a made in the USA rugged pack I use to carry my camera when hiking.  I use a Domke small camera bag as an insert that provides the padded protection and moisture protection to keep my camera in good condition. I has enough space for my travel tripod and reflectors.  It's side pockets fit a water bottle front pocket is perfect for keys, phone and other small items.  When carrying any gear like photography equipment setting up a pack that really protects those valuables and provides easy access is truly what makes my set up great. I use this pack every single day.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Hiking and biking, I am currently doing more hiking than biking. Being an outdoor natural light photographer on foot produces far better results than 2 wheels.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
I have yet to have much experience with the meal in a bag products that we carry.  I don't think Poptarts fall into that category, lol. I look forward to trying them and added to this answer in the future.
Favorite Adventure novel?
I'm not sure "Into the Wild" falls into the category of adventure novel. I really connected with Jon Krakauers telling Chris McCandless travels because we were both traveling in a similar manner and hitting the same spots around the same time. The writers I really recommend is Emerson and Thoreau. They are not adventure novelist but really can help connect your spirit to the natural world.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
My favorite local trail is the one I'm going to next.  We are fortunate to have some great wild spaces locally. I love hiking Clifton Gorge from a photographers point of view
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
I must sadly admit that I set out to do a hike in Arizona and forgot my water, lesson learned for sure.

DAN S.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
I can't name just one... it's my Gregory Anode for my computer/business pack, my Osprey Kestrel 38 when packing light, my Osprey Aether Pro 70 for longer trips and my Frost River Timber Cruiser for canoe tripping.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Absolutely if I have time it's wilderness canoe tripping. Otherwise, I like to paddle on local rivers and lakes.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Camp Chow Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Adventure novel?
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
I have a few. For paddling I like the stretch on the Great Miami River from Quincy to Sidney Ohio. For hiking, I really like the trails on the whole John Bryan State Park, Glen Helen and Clifton Gorge area.
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
A belt.

JOSH T.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My favorite pack to carry for daily commutes and short, weekend adventures is my Black Diamond Creek Transit. It’s very solid and versatile. I love it.
For longer trips, I prefer my Osprey Atmos 65L. Their Antigravity suspension system helps make the Atmos one of the most comfortable packs I’ve ever worn.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
I try to mix-it-up as often as possible. My ideal day-off would start with a morning paddle on some glassy water, followed by a lunchtime hike or a round of disc golf. Then I’d like to round-out the day with an casual afternoon hammock hang.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Cheddar Mac and Cheese has never let me down.
Favorite Adventure novel?
“White Fang” by Jack London
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Sugarcreek Metropark’s Orange Trail; where you’ll come across a unique tunnel of Osage Orange Trees and Dayton’s famous trio of 550-year-old White Oaks, known as “The Three Sisters”.
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
A few summers back, I accidentally left my headlamp in my car before starting a week-long, section hike on Vermont’s Long Trail. Fortunately, a little “trail magic” took place early and someone had left an extra black diamond headlamp in the first shelter we stayed at! It had no batteries, but I had an extra set (that I didn’t forget in my car) with me.