Renee “She-ra” Patrick – Long distance backpacker
Renee completed her first thru hike- the Appalachian Trail- in 2002. She was transformed by the experience and has been thru-hiking every since.
She’s completed every major trail you can name, and several that you’ve probably never heard of.
Those experiences, plus a love of the natural resources and community that we are so fortunate to have stewardship over, led her to what must be a dream job for her; working at Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) as a Trail Coordinator for the newly completed Oregon Desert Trail. Imagine having a job where you get to hike and talk about hiking!
Renee heard about us through a mutual friend and ordered a Taster Pack to give us a try. We had her at her first bite of Peanut Super Slaw :) She reached out to us to talk about she how she could partner with us. I remember sitting down with her and Henry over a beer and talking for two hours about a partnership. When she left Henry and I looked at each other with identical expressions of glee! We knew we had found an amazing resource in Renee - her connections with the hiker community notwithstanding, Renee is a wealth of knowledge in many areas and is happy to share that knowledge with us. For a fledgling company we scored big by bringing Renee on.
We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Renee. If you don’t already know of her, go check out her blog at https://sherahikes.wordpress.com/.
She also still posts for @wearehikertrash
David Wells – Professional kayaker
David hails from Maine and enjoys exploration. He has been in the outdoor guiding industry for over a decade, an outdoor educator and explorer. Currently David’s main passion is expedition kayaking. Last year he was a member of the Summer Rains Tour, which successfully paddled 18 rivers with a first descent from the border of Lesetho and South Africa on the Mkomazana River.
He also enjoys canyoneering, backpacking, jungle camping and plain outdoor fun! When bushwhacking into rivers for self-support trips, ounces equal pounds and David says that Food for the Sole lifts his spirits as well as gives him healthy energy to enjoy the experience.
David is using the professional spring race series to train for an expedition to the Grand Canyon of the Stikine in Northern BC this August. He is beyond stoked to become our second brand ambassador and we are equally excited to have Dave onboard and can't wait to follow his trips this summer!
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Arthur McMahon - Hiker/Writer
Arthur loves to walk. It's as simple as that. Whether it be in the mountains, on the beach, or along the city streets -- he believes walking is the best way to experience the world. Hiking and camping had always been a regular part of his life, but Arthur's 2015 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail sparked a passion for the outdoors that continues to this day. He hasn’t stopped crushing miles since.
At home in Eugene, Oregon, Arthur enjoys spending his time exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. He's traversed countless trails along the Pacific Coast Mountain Range and the Cascades, and he's always seeking new adventure. Backpacking, fishing, and canoeing are a few of his favorite outdoor hobbies.
Arthur is an outdoor journalist who has written for established outdoor institutions like The Pacific Crest Trail Association, Backpackers.com, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, and more. He has published his own trail journal (Adventure and the Pacific Crest Trail (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CRMR76S)) and regularly writes about the history of adventure on his Better Hiker (https://betterhiker.com) blog.
You can find Arthur on Instagram @arthur_mcmahon and @betterhiker.
Emma (Pepper) - Hiker
Emma grew up in Southern California and has always had a deep love of the outdoors, hiking and camping from a young age with her family and Girl Scout Troop. She is an avid hiker and on the trails, she goes by "Pepper". She started backpacking in 2014, with the Trans-Catalina Trail on Catalina Island and fell in love.
She had dreamt of backpacking the John Muir Trail since she was a child and had decided it was time to make that dream a reality. In the summer of 2018, she completed her 250-mile solo hike of the John Muir Trail, leaving Yosemite the day before it was closed due to fire, and returning the day before it reopened. She loved this trip and felt like it was too short, but really enjoyed having great, real food along the way to help fuel her journey. The food she ate was definitely a huge part of her adventure, and she is planning more adventures in her near future!
In her free time, when she's not hiking, she volunteers at local non-profits in the Bay Area where she lives, educates others about sustainability issues, updates her blog, challenges herself by rock climbing, and painting pictures of the nature she loves.
You can follow her adventures at www.pepperhikes.com or on Instagram @pepperhikes.
Also, she’s a great painter! You can check out her art on her blog at www.pepperhikes.com/art
Scott Peterson (plaid) - Climber
Plaid is a climber that came to the game late in life. He didn’t start climbing until he was 42, but once he got the climbing bug he couldn’t get enough of it. Plaid’s claim to fame is climbing the obscure off-the-beaten path stuff. Immersed in the whole climbing lifestyle, the places, the people, the adventures, Plaid has found an absolute love for the sport. He’s gotten a lot of mileage in the 13 years he’s climbed, and he’s still got a long list of climbs to tackle.
Plaid’s accomplishments to date include his first El Capitan Route; a solo aid climb of the Zodiac Route in 2013. That was followed by spending 24 days on the face of El Capitan climbing the Tempest route with Pass The Pitons Pete and Jerry the Jet in 2015. He also climbed a first ascent of Cottontail Tower in The Fisher Towers with Richard Jensen on a route they called “Line In The Sand”.
In the Portland Oregon area where Plaid lives he and his partner climbed St. Peter’s Dome then subsequently climbed 100 routes over 100 days all in a 100 mile stretch of The Columbia River Gorge in 2011.
Plaid is someone that doesn’t give up easily. This comes in real handy climbing the kinds of routes he’s into!