Position: Store Manager
Home town: Pikeville, TN.
What do you consider your favorite outdoor activities, and what got you started?
My passion for the outdoors started out with my dad who is a hunting and fishing kind of guy. I went along with him as a kid and found that I was more interested with the hike then the actual activity. One evening, while I was flipping through one of his magazines, I came across a small backpack and I thought to myself that I must have one. For Christmas that year I got my first external frame backpack and have been passionate about trekking through the forest ever since.
I have been working for Rock/Creek for the past 4 years and have enjoyed getting to know some really awesome people. For the most part Rock/Creek got me into climbing, which has since become one of my passions. I enjoy all disciplines of climbing and in the past two years I have begun to get into mountaineering.
Top three moments:
Almost getting hit by lighting and enduring quarter size hail on Gregory Bald in the Smokies.
Oozing across a horrendously steep and very loose scree field on a Colorado fourteen’er.
Making my first run out lead at Joshua tree.
Favorite place you have ever been? Why: Because of the scenery, big climbs, and the great wilderness setting, I must say that Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range, WY is my favorite place I have ever been.
What drives you to get outside: I get outside because I enjoy the freezing nights and thawing mornings. The easy clips, hard hikes, and the dirt, leaf chalky smell of my climbing gear all give me a sense of freedom.
“I love getting into the “zone” where my body is working and my mind is relaxing.”
Other interests: Biking, music, reading and relaxing.
Best or favorite product you use that Rock/Creek carries: My Eagles Nest hammock.