This is #MyOutdoorStory. What’s Yours?

Each of us has a story—unique in its particulars but ubiquitous in its theme—about how we fell in love with the outdoors. This is our collective narrative.

By Katie Boué December 29, 2015

The first time you went camping, your first job at a local outdoor retail shop, the piece of gear that saved or changed your life, the ‘aha’ moment when you realized that you were an outdoorist.


The people you were with, the gear you carried, the places you visited and the limits you pushed (or the limits that pushed you) are the details that make your stories compelling and sharable.

These stories drove many of us to commit our careers to the outdoor industry. To bring these diverse, inspiring narratives to life and to archive and share them among our community, we’re launching the #MyOutdoorStory oral history project, in conjunction with our Audio Outdoorist podcast.

Below are outdoor stories that we’ve collected as part of our #MyOutdoorStory campaign and are archiving here. Want to include your story? You can. Here’s how.


MY FAVORITE PLACE TO GET OUTSIDE IS…

I GOT INTO THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY BECAUSE…

WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU HAVE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS?

THE PIECE OF OUTDOOR GEAR THAT CHANGED MY LIFE…

WHY IS ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS IMPORTANT

HOW DO YOU ADVOCATE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE AND HOW YOUR OUTDOOR GEAR AND EQUIPMENT ARE MADE?

WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR OUTDOORIST IDENTITY?

ABRAMS, DAN

ADAIR, CELINE

ADAIR, ZAC

BARE, STACY

BARKER, STEVE

BENITEZ, LUIS

BIBLE, AARON

BONE, VALERIE

BOUE, KATIE

BUCHANAN, ADAM

CATINO, ERME

CECIL, BEN

CLARK, BEN AND MARY ANNE POTTS

COCHRAN, BETH

COLVIN, NATALIE

COTTINGHAM, TRACY

CROSS, PARKER

CUTLER, RILEY

DUKE, PATTY

DUSAIR, ANDREW

FAULKNER, LANDON

GALLOWAY, LIZ

GRAYEYES, WILLIE

GRINNELL, LAUREL

HAWK, ANDY

HANSON, JOSH

HODGES, SHANTI

HODGSON, MICHAEL

HOLCOMBE, RICHARD

HOSTETTER, KRISTIN

JARVIS, JOHN

JOHNSON, SHELTON

JONES, ZACH

KAKUK, JAY

KELLY, NICKIE

KESSLER, KELLY AND DYBA, PAULA

KING, COREY

KLINGSPORN, KATIE

KORENBLAT, ASHLEY

LAUER, RYAN

LOWN-HECHT, TANIA

MARTENSEN, MANDY

MCCALLISTER, ED

MCGHAN, DEBRA

MCGREW, KELSEY

MCGUFFY, JAMES AND KENDALL

MCKNIGHT, MARK AND GLOVER, FYNN

MECKLENBURG, MARY

MEDVETZ, TIM

METCALF, PETER

MILLSAPS, CHUCK

MONIZ, MATT

MUSCAT, BRIDGET

NEWMAN, SCOTT

NORDHOFF, ANDY

ODENBECK, PATRICK

ODOM, SAMANTHA

OWENS, DOUG

PATRICK, RENEE

PEMBERTON, JENNIFER

PENNINGTON, CLAUDIA

PETERS, GREG

PETRI, DAVE

PIRAGIS, STEVE

POTTS, MARY ANNE AND CLARK, BEN

PRINGLE, JENNIFER

RATCLIFFE, BOB

RHODES, JAY AND RITSCHI, CARLOW

ROACH, GERRY

ROBERTS, AMY

SALABERT, SHAWNTE

ROSS, TRACY

SCOTTON, LUKE

SHAFROTH, WILL

SCHNITZPAHN, DOUG

SHERWOOD, JOHN

SMITH, AL

SMITH, JASON

SONG, LIZ

STOWELL, SHANNON AND PEMBERTON, JENNIFER

STRAYER, SUSAN

SWALBERG, AARON

SWANSON, BOB

TAYLOR, BARB

TEMPEST WILLIAMS, TERRY

TRAVERSI, CARLO

TUCKER-CULLEN, SEAN

TULLIS, SUSAN

WEISBERG, JON

WIEGAND, CHRIS AND SCHMID, DAVID

Want to hear more great stories and interviews from the industry? Check out the Audio Outdoorist podcast here and on iTunes. 

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