Name: Rick Van Duyn
Job Title: Sales Person
Favorite Outdoor Activities: mountaineering, backcountry travel, solo hiking, seeing how close I can get to being rescued without being rescued or recovered
Outdoor Playgrounds: Anywhere most people aren’t
Essential Gear: Hockey tape, bug net, a good knife, fire starting kit, hammock
Favorite Song: “We’re On a Road to Nowhere”
Favorite Food: Anything’s good when you’re hungry
Favorite place to eat: On a summit
Pre Hiking Ritual: Making sure the will is current
Post Hiking Ritual: Plan the next “thing”
Why I love working at Salem Summit: Sounds generic, but really, the customers.
Name: Rory King
Job Title: Outfitter & Ambassador for the Outdoors
Favorite outdoor Activities: whitewater paddling, technical ropework, hiking uphill, and cycling
Your outdoor playgrounds: Cascade Volcanoes, Zion National Park, Smith Rock, and whitewater rivers everywhere
Favorite Song: “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar
Favorite food: oysters on the half shell
Pre whitewater creeking ritual: I always splash my face with water before making an intimidating drop.
Post whitewater creeking ritual: If it goes well and I’m still in my boat, I fill the gorge with hoots and hollers.
Why I love working at Salem Summit: I spend my day surrounded by great people who share my passion for the outdoors and all the fun you have out there.
Name: Jennifer Halley
Job Title: I am a part-time office filer and blog writer.
Favorite outdoor Activities: rock climbing, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, laying under the stars in my hammock
Your outdoor playgrounds: backroads of Monmouth, Mary’s Peak, Opal Creek
Favorite Song: I have to choose just one?! “Asleep” by the Smiths.
Favorite food: Since coffee doesn’t count as a proper food group, peanut butter is my next choice.
Favorite place to eat: Venti’s. Good beer. Good food. What more could you want?
Pre climbing ritual: Before a climb, I always stretch.
Post climbing ritual: After climbing, I always drink a beer or eat a giant bowl of pasta, usually both at the same time. Carbs are my friends.
Why I love working at Salem Summit: Working at Salem Summit allows me to be close to the outdoors without actually being in the outdoors. I get a chance to write about my passions like climbing and hiking in the hope I can inspire people to get out and explore, helping them come even a step closer to their next adventure.
Hometown: Somers, MT
Job Title: Adventure Consultant
Favorite Outdoor Activities: rock climbing, slacklining, backpacking, hamping (hammock camping)
Outdoor Playgrounds: Glacier National Park, Smith Rock, The Western United States, my backyard.
Essential Gear: Z/2 Chacos, prAna Stretch Zion Pant, Clif Bars, underwear
Favorite Song: “I can’t make you love me” – Bonnie Raitt
Pre Hiking Ritual: Studying Maps
Post Hiking Ritual: Car naps, cheeseburgers and a chocolate milkshake
Why I love working at Salem Summit: I love helping customers find the right gear for them and talking about their upcoming trips!