Our Staff

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

ANDY H.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
Mine is the Gregory Tarne 36 Pack, they dont make it anymore and we don't carry Gregory anymore but its for sure my favorite. Hands down the best pack I've ever carried. 
IF you want something more relevant to what we sell I guess the Futura 32 is my favorite. (Please Note: Since Andy wrote this we will be carrying Gregory again beginning Spring 2019.)
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 dont 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…

BEN J.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My Osprey Zenith 75.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Slacklining
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Good To-Go Pad Thai
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Alone on the Wall" by Alex Honnold.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Kaiser Lake
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
Bug Spray

DAN S.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
I can't name just one... it's my Deuter Futura 42 when packing light, my Osprey Atmos AG 65 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.

JERRY

What is your favorite pack to carry?
LowePro Camera bag
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Day hiking
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Camp Chow Beef Stroganoff
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Into Thin Air" by
 Jon Krakauer and Randy Rackliff
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Charleston Falls Preserve, Miami County Parks
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
My Camera.

NEIL G.

What is your favorite pack to carry?
Osprey Exos 58
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Mountain Biking
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Good To-Go Pad Thai
Favorite Adventure novel?
Not sure, I should read more. My favorite adventure documentary is Meru, currently on Netflix.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Great Scoot Loop MTB Trail at John Bryan
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
I was doing a weekend loop up in Manistee Park in Michigan and thought I grabbed my sleeping bag and liner but showed up with just my liner. Damn. Overnight temperatures were expected to be in the low 40s so I slept in the back of my car and had a wonderful 5:00 am trip to the nearest shop an hour away to find a bag to sleep in for the weekend.