Liz Blair - Vice-Chancellor of Web
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I grew up in Midcoast Maine hiking, canoeing, camping, and skiing. After far too many days of ice skiing, I decided to move to the Southwest a little over a year ago. During the week I spend most of my time running the trails of Durango, though you may catch me mountain biking every now and then. On the weekend, I’m either in the desert or up in the mountains, depending upon the season. Trail running, backpacking and backcountry skiing is where I dedicate most of my time, but I’ve started dabbling in bikepacking and climbing as well. I’d say I’m more of a “Jill of all Trades”.
Michelle Brittain - Clothing Buyer
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I moved west in the Spring of 2012 after graduating from the University of Michigan. After a few seasonal jobs, I started at Backcountry Experience in June of 2013. As the Men’s & Women’s clothing buyer, I specialize in technical fabrics & features of all apparel in the store. My recent adventures have included my second Grand Canyon raft trip, harvesting & processing prickly pears, trips home to Lake Michigan beaches, and showing my grandma around the beautiful southwest. I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, garage sailing, photography, organizing & eating.
Graham Coffey - Store Manager
I came to Durango from Asheville, NC, after working as a guide and operations manger for a wilderness program before joining the sales staff at a local gear shop. Those experiences eventually lead me to co-author, "Backcountry Camping in the Pisgah Ranger District," the first book of its kind for the area. My move out west was prompted by a desire to have access to the desert, mountains, and wilderness areas with a lower concentration of people than one can find on the East Coast. The ability to choose between climbing a peak or wedging into a canyon depending on my mood still makes me giddy. I enjoy swapping trip reports with customers and am grateful to be a small part of helping people explore environments where they experience things that provide them with inspiration and self-knowledge.
Margaret Hedderman - Arch Consul of Marketing & Events
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A few years ago, Backcountry Experience sponsored my 2014-15 Te Araroa thru-hike, New Zealand On Foot. A couple days after returning to Durango, I was working at The Shop, managing marketing and events. Since then, I've helped create and organize Colorado Trail Days, the Women Outside Adventure Forum, and the BCEXP Climbing Fest, among other things. Most weekends I'm outside playing in the mountains or desert. There's a good chance you can find me backpacking, trail running, climbing, backcountry snowboarding, or traveling.
Sarah Moore - Sales
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia surfing waves right outside my backdoor. If I wasn't riding the waves along the East Coast, I was traveling up to 8 hours to Fayetteville, West Virginia in search of the gnarliest climbs New River Gorge had to offer. After attending Colorado Outward Bound School I realized I needed to be out west to fulfill my passion for rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and ice climbing. I packed my bags, moved to Durango, and am now a Senior marketing student at Fort Lewis College. If you see me in the store, come talk to me! I love to chat about the many places the Southwest has to offer.
Madison Morales - Sales
I am was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado and decided to migrate to Durango in 2012 to pursue a degree in Biology at Fort Lewis. Durango has since facilitated many adventurous friendships that have taught me how to climb, snowboard, raft, mountain bike, backpack, and canyoneer. My other job is on a vegetation monitoring crew through the BLM and Southwest Conservation Corps. When I am not working I am out enjoying one of the many outdoor activities Durango and the Southwest has to offer.
Aidan Multhauf - Sales
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I first came to Durango a smidge over two years ago for the obvious reason: access to the alpine and desert. Since arriving, I have divided my weekends up by whatever season it is. Fall and Spring I’m in Southeast Utah, joyfully ascending cracks by cramming my body into the wingate sandstone. In the summer, when the desert is too hot, I migrate up in altitude and climb whichever north facing crag is calling to me that day. In the winter, I also run for the hills, but this time I’m there for the curtains of ice and snowy peaks. Durango is certainly a climber’s paradise, and I’m proud to be basking in its glory.