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Why Survival of the Gear?

Being outdoors brings out the best in me — and it always has. From the time I was very young, it’s been the same: if it’s outside, you can count me in and count on me being interested and invested.

When I was a kid, it was climbing trees, exploring, and starting my own “state park” on my parents’ property. In college, my interests gravitated toward mountaineering, hiking, kayaking, and cycling.  As my outdoor pursuits expanded and evolved, so did my education and experience in adventure sports.  

And then life happened. I had a daughter. My responsibilities became more demanding. Before I knew it, mountain summits and backcountry magic were replaced with takeout, TV, bedtime routines, and boredom. Many aspects of my life —child, job, family— were incredibly rewarding, but there was definitely something missing. And I couldn’t ignore it. I also couldn’t ignore the fact that as the amount of time I dedicated to adventure had decreased, my physical fitness had also suffered. 

Now that my little girl is getting older, I’ve been able to rekindle my love for adventure — both with and without her. 

I’ve realized that the benefits of living an adventurous life extend far beyond my own personal physical fitness. Rekindling my love of the outdoors has helped me better manage stress, improve my focus, reconnect with friends, meet new people, expand my awareness of the world around me, and become a better leader.   

The only thing that makes me happier than being outside, is sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. I started helping my friends and family plan adventures tailored to their interests and experience levels and it was so rewarding I wanted to keep doing it and make it my life’s work. So, whether you’re looking to have post-hike craft beers at a local brewery, go cabin camping in Letchworth, or climb your first or 46th high peak — I want to help you create an experience you won’t forget.

Regular Outdoor Activities: 

  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering
  • Kayaking
  • Ice climbing
  • Geocaching
  • Disc golf
  • Cycling 

More Notable Outdoor Accomplishments: 

  • Mt Rainier (2015)
  • Mt Mitchell (2008)
  • Numerous Adirondack mountains / aspiring 46er