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  • John

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    John is an avid rock and ice climber, skiier, paddleboarder, and more! He has been working at the shop since he was about 16 years old.

    John's favorite outdoor activities:

    Warm weather: Sport Climbing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Cold weather: Ice Climbing

    Go-to brands: Black Diamond, Scarpa, Arc'teryx, Patagonia

    Favorite piece of gear: Black Diamond Cobras

    Favorite trip: Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks

    Favorite animal: Turkeys

  • Stephanee Moore-Koscho

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Stephanee is a kayak aficionado at The Backpackers Shop. You can find her where kayaks and clothes are sold. In addition, Stephanee is the co-founder of LoCo 'Yaks, an organization that educates the public on marine debris prevention and promotes the sport of kayaking. LoCo 'Yaks also actively fights against marine debris with their annual Black River Clean-Up (May 7 and 8 this year). Stephanee also is co-founder of the LoCo 'Yak Shak, which offers kayak classes, guided trips and rentals. Her goal is to help people realize their passion for Kayaking by organizing awesome kayaking events all summer.

    Stephanee's favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Kayaking

    Cold weather: Sledding

    Go-to brand: Kuhl

    Favorite piece of gear: Luci Light for night paddles

    Favorite trip: Lake St. Clair, Algonac, Michigan

    Favorite animal: Her goldfish, Luckee

  • Alison (Rally)

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Rally, age 19, works in our backpacking and camping department when she's not busy attending Kent State University or being a rafting guide!

    Rally's favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Whitewater kayakaing, running

    Cold weather: Mountaineering, snowboarding

    Go-to brand: Patagonia

    Favorite piece of gear: Patagonia Better Sweater

    Favorite trip: Mt. Marcy

    Favorite Boss: REECE FABBRO!

  • Chris

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Chris grew up in various Cleveland suburbs but was fortunate to have a family that loved to escape to the outdoors whenever possible. After high school, he joined the Navy and was a helicopter rescue swimmer for six years. After his service in the Navy, Chris backpacked in Australia and New Zealand for a few years before returning home to Ohio and working at The Backpackers Shop.

    Favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Wilderness backpacking, international travel, trail running, backcountry canoeing, beach volleyball, and Crossfit

    Cold weather: Snowboarding, hibernation

    Go-to brands: Arc'teryx, Patagonia, Kühl, Black Diamond

    Favorite piece of gear: Lowa Camino Boots, Western Mountaineering Apache Sleeping Bag

    Favorite trips: John Muir Trail in California

    Favorite national park: Yosemite

    Favorite animal(s): The leopard

  • Reece

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Reece Jr., owner of The Backpackers Shop, is an avid hunter and fly fisherman.

    Favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Trout Fishing

    Cold weather: Duck Hunting

    Go-to brands: Simms, Orvis, Arc'teryx

    Favorite piece of gear: Simms Montana Wool Shirt

    Favorite trips: Montana fly fishing

    Favorite national park: Yellowstone

    Favorite animal(s): Dogs

  • Tom Fabbro

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Tom is the son of owner Reece Fabbro and works in every department of the store and is an avid fly-fisherman and hunter.

    Tom's favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Hiking, Camping, Fly fishing, Hunting, Kayaking

    Cold weather: Hiking, Camping, Hunting, Fly fishing, Kayaking

    Go-to brands: Arc'teryx, Simms, Scott, Prana, Patagonia

    Favorite piece of gear: Simms Waders

    Favorite trip: Elk Hunting in New Mexico and any fishing or hunting trip with his Dad.

    Favorite animal(s): Aspen, Tom's yellow lab

  • Andy

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Andy is 50 years old and he doesn't like hipsters. In his spare time, he'd rather read or draw than talk to people. In fact, Andy loves getting into the mountains because there is less people to have to talk to.

    Favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Hiking, surfing, and night swimming

    Cold weather: Hiking, skiing

    Go-to brands: Mountain Hardwear, Lowa

    Favorite piece of gear: Western Mountaineering's Versalite sleeping bag

    Favorite trips: Yosemite on Christmas Eve, The Alps, Singapore

    Favorite national park: Sequoia

  • Stefan

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Stefan describes himself as the O.G. He works in the camping and kayaking departments.

    Stefan's favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Staying cool, fishing, white water kayaking

    Cold weather: Staying warm, skiing, hunting, fishing, white water kayaking

    Go-to brands: Jackson, Simms, Ex Officio, Arc'teryx

    Favorite piece of gear: Jackson Karma kayak, Jackson Rockstar kayak, Simms waders, his fly rod and reel, Arc'teryx Beta A.R. jacket, Yeti cooler

    Favorite trip: Yampa Canyon, Gates of Lodore, float trips down the Blue River in Colorado, hunts in the West

    Favorite national parks: Canyon Lands, Sawtooth, Glacier

  • Pete

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Pete has lots of experience in the outdoors. He has worked for the BGSU outdoor program and has been a backpacking guide in Colorado. He really enjoys helping people prepare for their adventures and making sure they get the right gear to ensure a great experience. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, studying martial arts, and playing music.

    Favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Running, rock climbing, mountain biking, water skiing/wake boarding

    Cold weather: Snowboarding, backpacking, camping

    Go-to brands: Lowa, Prana, The North Face, Arc'teryx, Mountain Hardwear

    Favorite piece of gear: Lowa Camino GTX Boots, Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0 degree Sleeping bag, North Face Prism Optimus Jacket

    Favorite trip: Rocky Mountain National Park

    Favorite animal(s): The tiger

  • Drew Becker

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 14, 2016

    Drew works in every department in the store.

    Drew's favorite outdoor activities

    Warm weather: Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing

    Cold weather: Hiking, Skiing

    Go-to brand: Patagonia

    Favorite piece of gear: Das Parka

    Favorite trip: Acadia National Park

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