Currently Brunswick, Maine
What's at the top of your bucket list?
The Nose is probably up at the top of my bucket list.
Tell us about your dream trip.
I had the incredible fortune to spend 4.5 months traveling in South America during the first half of 2018, and I spent three of those months in Patagonia. Although Thailand, Nepal, and New Zealand are all places I long to go, going back to Patagonia is the dream. Many climbers arrive in El Chaltén, Argentina, and fall in love, and I am certainly one of those people.
What's your favorite thing about Next Adventure?
There are so many things to love about Next Adventure. I'm a huge proponent of buying used and buying local, and it's wonderful that Next Adventure makes that possible. However for me, the most amazing thing is that Next Adventure staff are so knowledgeable, so down to earth, and so committed to finding the right piece of gear for the individual customer.
One thing I learned in the years I worked in the shop was the importance not of selling a customer the most expensive piece of gear, or the brand they recognize, but of asking questions to determine what was actually the right piece of gear for the individual customer, and giving them that one. That trait is not found in every shop--it makes Next unique and it is key to fostering the spirit of community and adventure that it does
What's your favorite product at Next Adventure?
There are so many cool products! I absolutely love my Mystery Ranch Sphinx. Mystery Ranch is such a hard brand to find and that pack is absolutely amazing (check out my review if you want to learn more about why I think that!).
Tell us a little more about yourself!
I was born and raised in Portland, and I've been a Next Adventure customer for about as long as I can remember. When I was 13, I spent a year designing and building a pair of skis with ON3P. That project really fueled my love of the outdoors (and those skis are sick! I still ride them today). I started to rock climb indoors, which soon led to outdoor sport climbing, then trad climbing, mountaineering, and alpine climbing. I started working part-time at Next as a Junior in high school.
When I started to work at the shop, I suddenly had an unlimited supply of friends who wanted to go climb, ski, and teach me new things. I started to spend less and less time on school work, and more and more time outdoors. When I graduated high school, I decided to take a year off and I packed up my backpack with my climbing gear and took off by myself for Patagonia. I spent 4.5 months traveling in South America, climbing, backpacking and generally enjoying myself and the world of travel.
As of August 2018, I live in Brunswick, Maine, and am going to college. I'm incredibly excited to explore the granite, whitewater, and ice on the East Coast, and connect with people through nature.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I nearly broke a mirror falling off a unicycle at my first company meeting at Next Adventure while the owners were watching.