I wish I could have had another hour with Bill but we went way over our time as it is. He talked about starting a company, getting distribution, and things like why Big Anes doesn’t make car tents. I was hell-bent on finding a formula for building a brand and company culture but here’s what I learned: The people at Big Agnes let their actions do the talking, and I think that makes a great story. For example, recently, Bill invited all employees to embark on the 740-mile hike of the Continental Divide Trail. They signed up for various segments and hiked from New Mexico to Wyoming. We dabbled just a bit on how current international trade policy is affecting those in the outdoor industry. (I think you can guess where this goes)
Today, we journey back to Georgia to talk more mountain biking, entrepreneurship, and impostor syndrome – fun stuff :). Kate Gates joins us from Ellijay, Georgia. where she, her husband and parents own and operate Mulberry Gap, a mountain bike getaway in the mountains of Northern Georgia with access to the Pinhoti Trail system.
Denver-native Brittany Charboneau, known as The Funny Runner, is pursuing a career in running and comedy. An average athlete much of her life, she just qualified for the Olympic Trials’ A’ Standard at the 2018 Los Angeles Marathon with a time of 2:36. We had a lot to talk about.
Matt Sterbenz, a highly respected figure in the freeskiing industry talks to us about innovation. “Sometimes, you have to blank the hard drive to think openly about new ideas, creating solutions to problems you don’t necessarily consider to be problems.”
Peru, Incan Civilization, travel off the beaten path, international partnerships (and intrigue)…. this is what we have in store for you today. Jacquie Whitt had no intention she’d one day partner with a team of native Peruvians and become the owner of an international adventure travel business. Her partners share equity in Adios Adventure Travel. […]
Terri Watts quit her job as an occupational therapist in Athens, Georgia to race the IMBA National Enduro Series for Pro Women. This girl from Georgia seemingly came out of nowhere to win the 2017 USA Cycling Enduro National Championship. Now, she is semi-retired from racing and back working part-time as an occupational therapist and part of the time as a PMBIA Level 1 mountain bike guide and coach with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance.
Eric Larsen travels to wild and specifically cold places to cast a spotlight on climate change and the melting Arctic. Today, we will have a bigger conversation about adventure.
Charlotte Massey, Georgia Grace, and Bianca Gonzalez are redesigning pants so they work for women’s bodies. It sounds silly that no one has addressed this issue before. Why not? Charlotte Massey joins today, and she’s going to walk us through a little fashion history, something we don’t often discuss here at the Gear Show. We’ll discover how three women in college have come together to solve a problem and take an essential step in making the outdoors more inclusive by making it easier for women to “go to the bathroom.”
Jeannine Anders followed “The Call” to Colorado 15 years ago where she settled in the Vail Valley. Many of us have heard a similar call – one to the mountains, right? She held a career in sales while pursuing her passion for cycling. She’s competed in over 20 ultra-endurance mountain bike races including multiple 100-mile, 12- and 25-hour solo races as well as a multi-day stage race through the Swiss Alps. She eventually joined the board for the non-profit, Sacred Cycle, while managing their race team and helping to spread their mission which is to empower survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault through therapy and mountain biking, creating a sacred cycle of recovery, personal development, and community impact.
Today, Brian Harder, a self-proclaimed non-compliant patient will walk us through ACL recovery one year after the “event.” We’ll talk about the choices he made – like the graft choice and what he would do if he had it to do over again.
Brian is a frequent guest and a good friend of mine. He is an orthopedic physician assistant and a ski mountaineer based in Anchorage. He is also a former Exum Mountain Guide based out of Jackson.