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.

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

"That Dark and Bloody River" by Allan Eckert
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.

BRYAN

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My favorite pack to carry is my Osprey Talon. The pack is the perfect size for a couple nights and carries weight like a dream.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Kayaking!
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Wild Mushroom Stroganoff by Camp Chow
Favorite Adventure novel?
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Clifton Gorge. The rock formations here are incredible and when the river is flowing it’s so beautiful!r.
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
Boots! It was a guided trip during high school. The guide was displeased to say the least

HENRY

What is your favorite pack to carry?
My favorite pack to carry is my Black Diamond Creek 40 with all my gear for the crag.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Rock Climbing. All day, every day.
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Mushroom Risotto by Good To Go.
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Dharma Bums" by Jack Kerouac.
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
The Mad River Gorge in Springfield. The Ohio Climbers Coalition has done a great job cleaning it up. It's beautiful at the crag and on the water.
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
Pants. I wore shorts for two weeks in 50 degree weather. I always remember pants now.

MELISSA

What is your favorite pack to carry?
One that is loaded down for a long backpacking trip!  To get out for dayhiking I love my Osprey Hikelite. I keep it loaded with the essentials so I can just grab it and go!
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
I love to take my time on a hike and explore the plants and look for tiny creatures to make friends with. I also love to take my horse out for a long trail ride and contemplate how much easier it is to cover the terrain when I’m not the one doing the walking.  
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Camp Chow’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich Soup is so good!! I love it for lunch when I’m out in colder weather.  
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Still Life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins. It isn’t out door adventure, per se, but it sure is adventure.  
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Pike Lake State Park-Some of the most challenging horseback riding I’ve gotten to do in this area.  
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
My stove.  I thought it was inside my cook pot but I was wrong.  I had fuel and a lighter….but no stove.  I had a lot of cold, crunchy meals on that trip.  

TERRI

What is your favorite pack to carry?
The Osprey Exos, it’s very lightweight and I try to go as light as possible on trail.
What is your go to outdoor activity when you have free time?
Hiking and camping, if I have more time I combine the two for a backpacking adventure
Your favorite cook-in-bag meal?
Camp Chow vegan burritos!
Favorite Adventure novel?
"Thirst: 2600 Miles Home" by Heather “Anish” Anderson. It isn’t out door adventure, per se, but it sure is adventure.  
Favorite local trail - water, land, bike, rock, etc?
Top trail in Yellow Spring is one I do a lot
Name one of the worst items you forgot to take with you on a trip.
My hammock underquilt… cold butt syndrome is real people!